Huge bill coming - hopefully car will feel like new!
Have visited AutoLusso for the first time - my GT has gone in to get the arb/bushes sorted as it rattles like hell. Mentioned the very stiff clutch, plus recent poor starting and engine management error. Also slow puncture... It has around 78K on the clock.
Turned out the clutch was knackered - new clutch fitted, along with gearbox seals to sort out a gearbox leak while they were there.
Also turns out that the cambelt replacement done at 72K by some garage near the dealer I bought from miles from where I live - wasn't done very well. The thing isn't tensioned properly, hence the timing is a little out which may explain the recent poor starting/intermittent engine management fault. As Ned explained - you pay for the cambelt guarantee...so I decided not to risk it - went for cambelt replacement. Especially as we're not convinced they did a proper job. Maybe I could have argued the toss with the garage that did the cambelt replacement - but not sure if the guarantee is effectively transferrable to the new owner. Plus it's miles away, and I need a reliable car for a Monday/Friday commute of over 100 miles each way.
Needed two new tyres too - nail in tyre and tyres perishing and going out of shape.
Pick the car up tonight - Ned very kindly offered to underseal it for me as a sweetener for such a big bill. OMG what a bill it's going to be - but at least I can have some satisfaction that the car will be sorted by people who know what they're doing. I've been getting back-ache from driving with that heavy clutch these last 6 months, so it should drive so much better.