The clutch finally exited stage left last night
I had been driving back from Dusseldorf airport and had enjoyed a rather spiffy blast on the autobahn with the roof down (110mph+ most of the way, in to a glorious sunset)
2 miles from home, (driving past a packed cafe) I go to change gear and the pedal doesnt come back, this is accompanied by a bloody loud cacophony of screeching and clonking noises.
1hr later the breakdown guy diagnoses an expired clutch (no **** sherlock
) and the car is now sitting in the drive.
Its booked in for Thursday, a local (non-specialist) is doing the full 3-piece clutch kit change and the main engine seal for €500 all-in, which is a bloody good price considering my usual guy wanted €850 for it!!
Valeo clutch kit here is €163, which seemed good value.
Not brilliant timing from the car, as I am currently using it to commute whilst I am waiting for my new Volvo XC90 to arrive. Its left us in the lurch somewhat this week..... typical Bella!