Ok - so my beloved Black 'N' reg GTV has started to cost me lots of money this year (Clutch + suspension work + Starter motor all in May this year = £1500ish).
Now I have her booked in for a service and wanted some guidance on what I should get done first, Ideally I would not cut any corners but the cashflow is severely limited due to the work carried out in May.
Basically My spark plugs are due (actually done 62,000 miles since last changed - replaced in May 05) and also I am about 1000 miles off of 36,000 miles on my cambelt... (replaced in May 07). Ideally I want to get the plugs done and perhaps wait until I have done say 40,000 on the cam belt so it would be March/April next year, thereby staggering some hefty bills. I have read that the belts used to be rated at 60,000 miles but some broke - but in any case replace after 3 years - so what are peoples thoughts on going past the 36,000 miles?
My cars overall mileage is 126,000 and I have had her since June 2004 when she was on about 50,000.
I have had lots of work done on suspension etc and have had 2 cam belt changes + variator in that time.
Additionally my GTV has a creaking noise which has developed recently when I pull away from a standstill - any thoughts on what that could be - seems to be the front - but I have had a recent lower wishbone with balljoint - drivers side, I am thinking maybe driveshaft? Or possibly engine mounts? I am hoping something not too expensive! Any thoughts out there?
Any advice much appreciated.