Thanks Prop. Ive found one down the road from where I work in Rushden, hopefully he can have a look. Every mechanic who works on the car gives me a “please don’t come back” look. Could definitely do with someone who is ‘used’ to the effort involved (or shortcuts/tricks)
Right now im experiencing:
Low power (compared to the 147) – suspect vacuum piping – ive bought some ready
Disconnected MAF – it literally crawls with it attached. Ive bought a replacement but anti-tamper is stopping me from replacing it. I tried to buy a ‘bit’ but it’s the 6 star instead of 5 star. Mole grips is next idea. Id take the whole unit out but no amount of prising will get it out, the bolts in the top of the air filter are spinning endlessly on their axis.
Offside wishbone is creaking and clanks at low speed, last mechanic didn’t do it as the other took 3 hours and engine move (trying to preserve a bolt) – I bought a wishbone (but no bolt?).
At speed I get wheel wobble from the offside wheel – maybe wishbone related, Ive checked the wheel bolts, all tight. Its just come on recently – ci also had a new tyre, possibly badly balanced?
The main one that gets every passenger – Fire it up and the dash beeps and flashes with Motor control system failure. I bought an ecu unit, gave me a code P0601 – Powertrain Internal Control Module Memory Check Sum Error This came on around the same time I had the electrical drain – I had to keep disconnecting the battery every journey, could have blown the CRC check on the ECU – reflash?
Niggles, but not none-starters:
Radio doesn’t work, tried the guys on here for a breaker replacement, got a shark tail unit as I needed radio. Ive bought a booster cable but not had time to fit. Signal is just terrible now.
Can you believe it, the fuel filler cap flew across the courtyard at the petrol station! I have some epoxy for that, its cracked at the arm inside the body.
Wing mirror paint has completely Flaked off, its white with water corrosion – I need to paint it, maybe black hamerrite.
Clutch – Ive bought the parts, just need labour. Its ok, generally, Its just on a ill if I drop down it can slip, a sign its on its way – odd as it had one 30k ago, but that was before my ownership (it pulled a caravan!)
Braking is poor (but Passed MOT)– I guess a fluid change and new rear brake pads wouldn’t hurt, fronts been done.
All the above done and I have a ‘normal’ car. I had the following done to pass MOT, I forgot about the diesel pump, it was leaking!
001 (pump area) Fuel System component leaking
002 Both Front Position lamps not working
003 Offside registration plate lamp not working
004 Nearside rear trailing arm has excessive play in a pin/bush
005 Offside rear trailing arm has excessive play in pin/bush
006 Bracket on cat Exhaust system not adequately supported
007 Brake pads less than 1.5mm thick
008 'Nearside front (also check wheel bearing) supension arm has excessive play in ball joint