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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 22:01 
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C-Max had its MOT today. Not good news. I quote...

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Offside Front Outer Drive shaft joint constant velocity boot split or insecure, no longer prevents the ingress of dirt (6.1.7 (g) (ii))
Offside Front Coil spring fractured or broken (5.3.1 (b) (i))


Sigh. That's costing me £400 as "the springs need to be replaced in pairs"

Am I being stiffed here?


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 22:54 
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DavPaz wrote:
C-Max had its MOT today. Not good news. I quote...

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Offside Front Outer Drive shaft joint constant velocity boot split or insecure, no longer prevents the ingress of dirt (6.1.7 (g) (ii))
Offside Front Coil spring fractured or broken (5.3.1 (b) (i))


Sigh. That's costing me £400 as "the springs need to be replaced in pairs"

Am I being stiffed here?


No, they really should be replaced in pairs.


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 23:20 
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Fair enough.


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 0:49 
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A bit steep but not daylight robbery. The springs would be about £30 each and the CV boot £10 from a quick look. Fair bit of work though so that’s the majority of the cost.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 0:50 
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Maybe get a quote for the work at another garage?

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 0:59 
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Thanks for looking into it bud. Glad to hear I'm not getting stiffed. Weird thing is, they've already retested and passed the car. I'm pretty sure they haven't done the work yet


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:26 
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My car is in for a service and a rego check (equivalent to MOT safety check in principle, but i think a little less stringent).

I'm hoping they don't need to be concerned about the small steering fluid leak. A periodic top up seems to have been working OK in the past.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:08 
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I was quoted £600 to do the rear springs on the mx5 as one of them was cracked (which I'm glad I didn't do! All things considered)

Weird that it has passed the MOT though, as a cracked spring is an instant fail...


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I am eternally grateful I have car mechanics in the family. I have a pretty decent mechanic in London but even they get stuff wrong. It’s rare they invent work that needs doing though.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:24 
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Well, fuck, I need a new steering rack to get through the rego. Fucksticks and pissflaps

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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DavPaz wrote:
Thanks for looking into it bud. Glad to hear I'm not getting stiffed. Weird thing is, they've already retested and passed the car. I'm pretty sure they haven't done the work yet

Oh, drive it home then.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:25 
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krazywookie wrote:
Stuff only fails the mot if you spot it.


I've a split shock absorber boot that I rotate before each test.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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DavPaz wrote:
Thanks for looking into it bud. Glad to hear I'm not getting stiffed. Weird thing is, they've already retested and passed the car. I'm pretty sure they haven't done the work yet

Oh, drive it home then.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:52 
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Grim... wrote:
DavPaz wrote:
Thanks for looking into it bud. Glad to hear I'm not getting stiffed. Weird thing is, they've already retested and passed the car. I'm pretty sure they haven't done the work yet

Oh, drive it home then.

I know, right? Annoying


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:55 
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Well, not if you drive it home.

Assuming you haven't agreed to the repairs, of course.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:56 
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Well, not if you drive it home.

Assuming you haven't agreed to the repairs, of course.

Quite. I have.


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 16:11 
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I never ever post car videos on forums but gosh, you have to see this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRs-4AXb9_U

It's breath taking. Never seen anything quite like it. My brain burns just thinking about the work, let alone all of the stop animation.

Mind bending. Just utterly mind bending.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 16:15 
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Yeah, that's some effort! I'll watch all that later, cheers.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 17:25 
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A Skoda dealer has found me. Skoda Octavia Estate Elegance in blue. It is 14 plate with about 60k on the clock. Automatic for ability £8000

Is there anything I should be looking for?

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 18:26 
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Elegance is mid-spec I think.

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Mr Chonks wrote:
Elegance is mid-spec I think.


I was the Model that became the SE L so the sales man said.

Asked for the spec. Test driving next week

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 19:45 
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Check it has a steering wheel, that is important.


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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Trooper wrote:
Check it has a steering wheel, that is important.


And seats??

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Mr Chonks wrote:
Elegance is mid-spec I think.


Trim levels went S, SE, Elegance, then L&K
Plus the VRS, obviously, which was based on the SE with sporty bits.


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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 20:37 
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I went to that availablecar.com showroom in Cannock on Sunday, and was surprised at just how many cars were there and that they were all (with a few exceptions) just unlocked and you could sit in them and get a feel for them and stuff.

I was quite impressed, although I've no idea what they're like to buy from.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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GazChap wrote:
I went to that availablecar.com showroom in Cannock on Sunday, and was surprised at just how many cars were there and that they were all (with a few exceptions) just unlocked and you could sit in them and get a feel for them and stuff.

I was quite impressed, although I've no idea what they're like to buy from.


Is that where our car was from, @mr russell?

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
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I've never known any car sales place to lock their cars, I don't think.

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GazChap wrote:
I went to that availablecar.com showroom in Cannock on Sunday, and was surprised at just how many cars were there and that they were all (with a few exceptions) just unlocked and you could sit in them and get a feel for them and stuff.

I was quite impressed, although I've no idea what they're like to buy from.


I went there. The only ones locked were being sold.

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 21:09 
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Mimi wrote:
GazChap wrote:
I went to that availablecar.com showroom in Cannock on Sunday, and was surprised at just how many cars were there and that they were all (with a few exceptions) just unlocked and you could sit in them and get a feel for them and stuff.

I was quite impressed, although I've no idea what they're like to buy from.


Is that where our car was from, @mr russell?

Yes. And you can use the printouts they give you for what’s on the lot to directly compare features without having to trail across the whole lot

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 Post subject: Re: Gas Guzzling Money Pits
PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:42 
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KovacsC wrote:
A Skoda dealer has found me. Skoda Octavia Estate Elegance in blue. It is 14 plate with about 60k on the clock. Automatic for ability £8000

Is there anything I should be looking for?


Not sure on the service interval of the Octavia but I'd ask if it's had the cam belt done. Check it has full service history and also pop in the reg on the MOT website to see if it's had any fails / advisories.

After the test drive offer them £7,000, see what they offer on top.

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