OK - here's what my investigations have yielded....
have got all receipts for work on car and called this morning to Whitequay reading to confirm mileage on warranty work for:
replaced water pump as noisey including replacement timing belt and auxillary drive belt.
They confirmed milage at this point was 56,021 and that the work had been done on 26/04/2006. (Also confimed this work is warrantied for 1year)
Car was an ex demonstrator then had 1 owner who's details are on all of the bills. Looks like someone who did high mileage for medical instruments company. to me looks as if person who did high miles was due a change so didnt bother getting it serviced at end of time.....:-(
re warranty - i havent asked specifically but initial check suggested 3 years OR 60k miles (unless someone tells me otherwise) - Also dont actually need any warranty work done and this runs out in March even if it is extended (I didnt read anything into the comments on the ebay ad because the guy said one of his customers told him that the warranty was unlimited mileage)
Thanks for the tips re the plugs - to be honest I was thinking that i needed to get a service done asap and that it needed to be main dealer for the history etc. - but really I will get my act together and sort out an independent (as car will be out f warrranty soon) - unless anyone give me a good reason otherwise!
Have checked and seen plugs on ebay
my pref would be to go Bosh over NGK but long time since I've owned italian! any suggestions?
p.s. will post a piccy when i get my digital camera back from Sony and yes i am up 4 lie detector test
Thanks again for everyone's help on this site