Re: Variator swapped
The belts and variator were done by an indie.
The car is a 52 plate which was purchased from a car supermarket. It came with a 6000 mile warranty for major component failure. It would have covered cambelt & consequential loss but not the variator.
The end result of service, belts and variator change is superb but just this 1/2 second on start. It was much longer before, needed a few revs to get it to go completely and performance and economy was hindered.
The oil & levels have been fine while I have owned it. Has nearly £50k on now though, so cannot be too sure of its past.
The indie said nothing about noise - in fact they said the engine was in good order.