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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!
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Stilo's are decent enough cars to be fair , i had a few on loan when the 147 was in Grrrrrrrrrrrandons for Warrenty but i do like them . FFS for a dealer (even a non franchised one) oil, filters and sparks would cost the bones of 50-60 yoyo's . Just goes to show sometimes a private seller is better than a stealer
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Nice car but I never trust anyone to do work on a car that I do not personally know. And why I would have gotten money off the car and done all the work by either myself or someone I know that isn't a blithering idiot. I bet they just checked the oil and water and topped up both. You have to remember anything that they would have to change would be eating into their margin.
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Hey Toby sorry to hear the 166 is gone... but you've done the decent thing and bought Italian again..... the best of luck with her.

Interesting to hear she had a "full Irish service" done on her before you picked her up... fair play for following up on it...
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