Shiny red R32
My car has been in to my friends local (good) garage for a thorough first service and he told his mechanics not to book any more 172s in as mine was a bu*ger to work on! He said that it is a good job that mine is the only one around here!
Apparently it took him 25 minutes just to get the oil filter out and his arms were a bit battered through trying to get into very little engine space as there is so much crammed in to a tiny area. He said that he hopes that I NEVER need new plugs, as he tried to explain just where they are and how much would have to be removed before you can get to them!
I am glad it has only cost me the price of the oil and filter and nothing for his time! No wonder a service is quite expensive when you think how long it takes to get at the parts.
He reckons that the mechanics in France must be little girls with skinny arms and tiny hands to enable them to reach into the tight spaces!
Also, when it was up on the ramp, he noticed that the back axle is an old Vauxhall one and that the front brakes are the same as a 15 year old GTT (but slightly bigger) which was also in today. There were a few other comments which I have forgotten. He said it runs well though.