what age and mileage?
I do my own servicing and repairs and until a slight run in with the local beak and boys in black, I drove it like I stole it!! Still mpg has gone from 35mpg to nothing less than 45mpg and my tyres haven't shown any wear on the inside edge for the last 4000 miles!! Thankyou m'Lud! I do the oil and air/oil filters every year and cam belt/waterpump every 60k, brake pads and discs are a piece of cake on each corner and won't cost more than £100 in parts to do all four corners!!. Depending on mileage you might be getting some squeaks and noises from the suspension but the damp weather may be hiding them. I had to do the front ARB last year and upper and lower links have lasted about 3 years each on average, front ARB is a £50 part but massive singlehanded DIY job for a beginner and probably £500 at the main dealers. I mistakenly exchanged the MAF with Alfa when I needed the EGR but you live and learn!!! Get the latest version of ECUscan and a £15 cable of the bay and you can save a lot of trrouble and reset most ecu faults!! Then after 4 years of ownership the Alternator failed to charge the battery but the car always got us home!! Other niggles come from the pedal switches on the cruise control system but £20 each is worth the luxury and piece of mind in this PC ridden ****hole!! Why can we still buy a car that can break the maximum speed limit? I've never had to change any bulbs behind the drivers seat and only the fog light and side light bulbs have been changed probably twice in 5.5 years!!
Mine seems to keep up with most things in the standard tune of a similar age. Petrol BMWs are easy to beat till the badge say 330 or above and even Skoda VRS's don't pull away from me that easily! Luckily I paid so much in fines the police have dumped nearly all their Skoda's and have silver BMW 5 estates round here, so easy to spot cause they are totally standard, no blacked out windows for starters! Look out for the black shirts in Lincolnshire, it's how hitler started!
I'm sure you can tell I have issues with the law but the 147 jtd 8V is a cracking car!!
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