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Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: The land that Time forgot
Re: Buying a 155
The biggie is when was the cam-belt last changed. Recommendation for 16v engines is now every 36,000 miles. If this one was done recently, check that the tensioner was also changed, as it's these that die, not the belt.
If it sounds like a diesel on start-up that's the cam variator. You can live with a rattly one but to change that and the cambelt/tensioner is a £400 job.
At 80k find out when the clutch was replaced. It could have an almost new one, or a worn out one.
Radiator (£90) gets moolahed through the front slots. Have a peek.
Any clonking from the front suspension if the wishbones... circa £60 so not fatal..
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