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Drives much better on the new suspension and brake peddle feels lovely again.
One advisory was a worn passenger side lower arm bushes though..slightly annoying as I was going to put new lower arms and track rods on while it was all apart - but I thought against it as I didn’t want to overspend on the car if anything major popped up on the MOT. Now my first official MOT is done with the car, I know what the next stages are now, to progress as a brilliant daily.
So far the car has had:
.New genuine Bosch glow plugs
.4 new tyres
.2 front shocks/springs/top mounts
.2 new front caliper sliders
.New front Discs/Pads
Next on the list is;
.Timing belt inc Water pump and Aux belt
.Lower arms and track rods
After a while not spannering a car, I can say that it definitely takes time to get back into the swing of it ? I’ve enjoyed it though and did miss it.
I’ve finally bit the bullet...the car is going to a garage to get the cambelt/water pump and aux belt done..
I don’t feel confident enough to have a go at timing - for the pure fact that the car runs/drives so well, I don’t want to ruin the car by taking on a task I’ve not done before.
Timing is always something I’ve stayed away from.
As much as paying a garage takes a dent in the cars overall value, I think it’s a wise choice that should leave me with a solid car once it’s done.
I’m supplying the genuine cambelt kit/water pump and aux belt and they’re charging a labour of £200 to do the belts and pump.
Collected the car from the garage today after having the;
1) Timing belt kit
2) Water pump
4) Aux belt
£320 inc labour @130,259 miles
To say the car is feeling good now is an understatement. It drives 10000X better compared to the day I bought it.
Obviously I’ve now changed quite a few things on the car, but it’s been relatively cheap to change all the parts, up until the cambelt.
A little bit ‘frustrated’ with myself that I didn’t give the cambelt a go myself, but given I’ve not got much experience with cambelts, I weighed up the cost of paying to get it done VS me messing up timing and potentially costing an engine.
This brings my total spend now to roughly £1,250. Which is a bargain for a car that is now pretty much a refreshed, reliable work horse with 12 months MOT and returning 70-71mpg.
Just to keep it up to date, the car has had the following;
.Bosch glow plugs
.Front Shocks/Springs/Top mounts
.Rear wheel bearings
.Timing belt kit/water pump/aux/coolant
To do List
.Lower Arms and track rod end (kit)
.Rear shocks and springs