Ouch, bit of a big bill
I was almost tempted to sell her, but barring a lottery win I just couldn't think of any other car I'd want.
The potential buyer asked me some questions about the Cam belt and suspension, which then prompted me to have a better look at my docs and turn my stereo down and have a good listen..........................
As my cambelt had been done at 30,000 miles I assumed I'd be good until around 100,000, but after the buyer mentioned it was time as well as mileage, I decided to get it done anyway (Almost all my driving is motorway, so didn't want to take a chance)
I drove the car on the motorway with the stereo off, and was really happy there were no dodgy rattles or noises, I then turned it down on my way into work and drove slowly around the corners and heard a knocking noise, so got her on some ramps, and saw inner and outer CV boots, some flange on the drive shaft,new discs needed, plus new bump stops. I also spotted an oil leak, I religiously check the oil due to the miles I do, and have not lost oil or had any spots on the drive, so was a mystery.
So got her into Motormech to get it all done.
No bump stops in stock, but they said it's not an issue unless I have a boot full of shopping, plus 2 people in the back and then rag the car over bumps(I only have me and a passenger in the car) So as soon as it's in stock I will get that done.
Obviously got the brakes done as well as the discs.
The oil leak turned out to be the oil cooler pipe/pipes and was a bit of a bill due to no replacement being available so a refurb kit had to be bought so a few hours labour.
All in, just over £1800.
Totally unexpected, and to spend that money and have "nothing to show for it" is a bit annoying, but peace of mind and knowing the car is almost perfect again (apart from the bump stops)
Just goes to show though, I consider myself an owner who cares about the car, and I've been happily trundling up and down the motorway with no clue what was going on.
So a good job I was almost tempted to sell.