Hi there people!
2 years ago this Xmas, we bought what, from the outside, was a nice sporty looking (see title) from a local car lot, after having an independent guy check it over. It was £950 inc MOT and is the top spec edition with full black leather seats in Gunmetal Grey/black.
It has been a bit of a pain to be fair as the ignition has been dicky since just outside the 12 month warranty. We had it looked at our my OH's chosen garage a few times and within a week it would be playing up again, taking several attempts to start. The air con never worked and the speakers were gone on the left so it had little niggles but we were just happy to have indicators that worked and headlights we could flash without setting off the full beams from our last Escort 1998.
During ownership of the Rover, we have replaced 2 tyres and last year had the clutch replaced. This year we had fitted a new exhaust back box, then front, just this Autumn and really recently had the track rod ends and brake inbalance looked at.``
This summer, a sound started, like something caught in the wheel, going round and round but from the engine. My OH said it was a lazy lifter in the valves of the engine. Then OH decided to get it MOT'd before Xmas, as it was January normally and he didn't want that expense at that time of year. He took it to a friends garage who found £300 of issues. He then took it to his usual guy who seems to do the minimal work cheap and he fixed the track rod ends and brake in-balance and got it through the MOT + added some oil.
We thought we were home free, but then OH checked under the bonnet and found oil in the coolant and water under the car this last week. He started it one morning to go to work and it wouldn't go into gear. The clutch had gone again.
He managed later on that day, to limp it to his usual garage who said it was the same part we'd had changed when they did the clutch last year and should be under warranty still but OH stupidly has no receipt (he keeps all car stuff) and so garage will have to find their copy.
This was going on, then we got a call and the garage said the head gasket was about to go and it was terminal. OH has basically rolled over and told me it is only good for scrap and so we've gutted it and are about to ring around for scrap value. So £400 down the drain spent this Autumn.
Personally I think the garage is getting off lightly saying its terminal and giving up when, if it is under warranty still, the clutch should be fixed, as the HG hasn't gone yet and it wasn't overheating before this. I think we should be able to part ex it, rather than just get £150 scrap (based on what we got for the Escort).
Also we are looking at a Seat Leon 1.6 petrol 2006 5 door 60000 miles, top spec for £4500. Wondering whether to push that garage fixes clutch and try and get part ex on this Leon if it turns out in good nick.
BTW we know all about the HG issues with this Rover.