Goodbye 166, hello Stilo...
Well as the economic downturn is hitting Ireland hard, the wife lost her job & we'll be facing some pretty tough budgets for God knows how long I decided a few weeks ago to sell my beloved 166 as i'm pretty sure we'll be hit with road tax hikes, hikes in petrol prices i needed something that'll keep the costs of motoring in this bankrupt country down.
So after i sold her i went on the look out for something cheap. Four cars came to mind, Ranault Clio or Megane, & Fiat Punto or Stilo. I finally decided on a Stilo, their not exactly easy to find as they didn't sell well here (or anywhere) but that does mean if you can find one, they're generally cheap!! & so it turned out, i got a one owner late 2003 5dr Stilo (with alloys), 46k miles on the clock, for approx €2700. sale agreed valet & full service included by the dealer (a used car dealer-not a Fiat dealership)
Picked up the car two Saturdays ago, & drove it home to Longford (from Dublin-about 80 miles). Noticed a bit of a wobble from the front of the car, didn't think too much of it, but checked the front tyres to be on the safe side (this is November after all!) & noticed both were dangerously worn on the inside, so phoned the dealer to see how his mechanic could miss two tyres that were in such an awful/dangerous state, he apologised & agreed to pay for new tyres. So too the car to Advance Pitstop who diagnosed a worn front lower ball joint (i think) to be the problem. So sorted!
However today (like a dog with a bone) i refused to let the subject go, & i checked to see what sort of "service" the car was given. I generally service my own car, my wife's Punto & my old Lancia Dedra, & whilst i would admit that i'm no expert on the subject, i do know a few things. So in my mind a service of a car deals with the filters, plugs oil. So thats what i checked. Off came the air filter & it is filthy dirty, it must be in the car an awful long time. Then checked the oil, & whilst its at the right level (as is the coolant etc...) again its dirty, not what i'd expect from a car thats just been serviced! So i've taken photos of the stilos air filter & oil, & comparison pics against my wife's Punto's air filter & oil colour (as i serviced her car a few weeks ago) .
So, a phonecall me thinks tomorrow to see what he has to say. I'm not happy!