Money Pit

#1
4 year old car in for MOT, full service history blah blah

Repairs at MOT

New ABS Sensors - sensors not working even though ABS was is now a fail
New NSF Lower ball joint - bearing perished
New tyre
Brake pads

£380 quid

But

2 weeks later

New NSF complete Hub assembly

£500!!!

Bearings seized to hub

Intermittent fault with Engine Management System

£1000 if has to be replaced

Has anyone else bought a what seems to be a great motor that turns into a money pit??

Teach me to buy a car made by cheese eating surrender monkeys!

fcuking peugeot!
 
#2
Yer, been there done that, bought a realy nice Fiat Punto, three months down the line head gasket went £660 hadn't had a puncture in years, got four in a month and all new tyre jobs, clipped the exhaust on a sleeping policeman another £200, driving on A48 the suspension unit flew off a lorry straight thruogh my windscreen luckly insered, but scarred the crap out of me, I think Ill call the car DAMION
 
#3
britbeagle said:
4 year old car in for MOT, full service history blah blah

Repairs at MOT

New ABS Sensors - sensors not working even though ABS was is now a fail
New NSF Lower ball joint - bearing perished
New tyre
Brake pads

£380 quid

But

2 weeks later

New NSF complete Hub assembly

£500!!!

Bearings seized to hub

Intermittent fault with Engine Management System

£1000 if has to be replaced

Has anyone else bought a what seems to be a great motor that turns into a money pit??

Teach me to buy a car made by cheese eating surrender monkeys!

fcuking peugeot!
I bear your burden mate.

I recently bought a 307 SW and hear about malfunctions of that type a concerning lot.
I'm holding my breath.....
 
#4
Cloggie said:
britbeagle said:
4 year old car in for MOT, full service history blah blah

Repairs at MOT

New ABS Sensors - sensors not working even though ABS was is now a fail
New NSF Lower ball joint - bearing perished
New tyre
Brake pads

£380 quid

But

2 weeks later

New NSF complete Hub assembly

£500!!!

Bearings seized to hub

Intermittent fault with Engine Management System

£1000 if has to be replaced

Has anyone else bought a what seems to be a great motor that turns into a money pit??

Teach me to buy a car made by cheese eating surrender monkeys!

fcuking peugeot!
I bear your burden mate.

I recently bought a 307 SW and hear about malfunctions of that type a concerning lot.
I'm holding my breath.....
could have been worse though mate, could have bought a Prius!!

pass the pancakes will you please, id love one right now!
 
#6
"Buy German or Honda. I hardly carry out work on either."

Quote provided by C_J's mechanic
 
#7
BiscuitsAB said:
Fiat Punto's mega cheap second hand, reason why? Head gaskets go and the cylinder head warps. nice.

I once owned a 205Gl diesel, kept the local scrappy in business for 18mths buying parts including a brake disk that didn't so much wear out as snap in half.
My mechanic, thank god hes a mate and not a main dealer, managed to look pleased and embarrassed at the same time, cnut, he is soooooo losing money next time we play golf!
 
#8
Closet_Jibber said:
"By German or Honda. I hardly carry out work on either."

Quote provided by C_J's mechanic
True, my 7 series died of old age with never an issue, definitely going herman again next time
 
#9
I have a Skoda Fabia (don't laugh) with a 1.9 turbodiesel. Never a hint of a problem until the warranty ran out, then a few months later pootling along and BANG! followed by clouds of white smoke and a very sick sounding engine. The oil pipe to the turbo had fractured, and turbos don't run very well dry.

New turbo. New intercooler. New pipework. Complete engine rebuild, with new part number parts because it was a known design fault.... New turbo housing, the works, everything with a total bill of about £3k. LUCKILY and after much arguing about the design flaw side of things they agreed to extend the warranty to 3 years from my date of purchase and not 3 years from registration, as it was an ex-demo!

RESULT!
 
#11
Mr_Deputy said:
cometcatcher said:
I have a Skoda Fabia (don't laugh) with a 1.9 turbodiesel. Never a hint of a problem until the warranty ran out, then a few months later pootling along and BANG! followed by clouds of white smoke and a very sick sounding engine. The oil pipe to the turbo had fractured, and turbos don't run very well dry.

New turbo. New intercooler. New pipework. Complete engine rebuild, with new part number parts because it was a known design fault.... New turbo housing, the works, everything with a total bill of about £3k. LUCKILY and after much arguing about the design flaw side of things they agreed to extend the warranty to 3 years from my date of purchase and not 3 years from registration, as it was an ex-demo!

RESULT!
blimey. I'm rolling about in a TDi Octavia which has seen sterling service over long distances but want to get rid before its strats becoming probabmatic. I've killed one already with a turbo problem (gas recirc thing - quite common fault I was told.)
its built in obsolescence, I am certain

Insert conspiracy theory here...........>
 
#12
Mr_Deputy said:
cometcatcher said:
I have a Skoda Fabia (don't laugh) with a 1.9 turbodiesel. Never a hint of a problem until the warranty ran out, then a few months later pootling along and BANG! followed by clouds of white smoke and a very sick sounding engine. The oil pipe to the turbo had fractured, and turbos don't run very well dry.

New turbo. New intercooler. New pipework. Complete engine rebuild, with new part number parts because it was a known design fault.... New turbo housing, the works, everything with a total bill of about £3k. LUCKILY and after much arguing about the design flaw side of things they agreed to extend the warranty to 3 years from my date of purchase and not 3 years from registration, as it was an ex-demo!

RESULT!
blimey. I'm rolling about in a TDi Octavia which has seen sterling service over long distances but want to get rid before its strats becoming probabmatic. I've killed one already with a turbo problem (gas recirc thing - quite common fault I was told.)
If it's a PD130 engine then it's the same mechanicals. I've been assured that the replacement turbo is beefier and unlikely to fail in the same way, but there is a known problem with the dual-mass flywheel which is a notorious VAG TDi killer!
 
#13
britbeagle said:
Mr_Deputy said:
cometcatcher said:
I have a Skoda Fabia (don't laugh) with a 1.9 turbodiesel. Never a hint of a problem until the warranty ran out, then a few months later pootling along and BANG! followed by clouds of white smoke and a very sick sounding engine. The oil pipe to the turbo had fractured, and turbos don't run very well dry.

New turbo. New intercooler. New pipework. Complete engine rebuild, with new part number parts because it was a known design fault.... New turbo housing, the works, everything with a total bill of about £3k. LUCKILY and after much arguing about the design flaw side of things they agreed to extend the warranty to 3 years from my date of purchase and not 3 years from registration, as it was an ex-demo!

RESULT!
blimey. I'm rolling about in a TDi Octavia which has seen sterling service over long distances but want to get rid before its strats becoming probabmatic. I've killed one already with a turbo problem (gas recirc thing - quite common fault I was told.)
its built in obsolescence, I am certain

Insert conspiracy theory here...........>
No consiracy theory needed.
When Renault designed the 2nd generation Clio the design brief was that minor parts like switches, seats, trim etc should start to fail once the vehicle was 3 years old.
Main assemblies were to be relaible but minor glitches were deemed desirable to encourage the owner to buy a new vehicle without being serious enough to persuade the owner to shift to another brand.
 

udipur

LE
Book Reviewer
#14
I have a 15 year old Honda which pootles along with nary an issue.

However, last year it started to go a little awry (just unloved and left on London streets to be get lovebites on all four corners) so I needed to find a good mechanic.

Snaggle toothed, glued to a roll-up, hairy and very dirty, he turns up outside the house and does all the servicing/repair work there rather than in a garage.

New drive shaft - purchase and install: £210.

If you live near Battersea and want his details, then PM me.
 
#15
Got a Reno Scenic (French wheelie Bin!) and last month it would'nt start. Needed a new high pressure diesel pump and timing belt because its part of the change! with parts and labour it came to £998.68p

Then 2 weeks later noticed my tyres were virtually slick so got 4 heavy load avons for £290 from Hi Q which seemed reasonable.

Then on friday on MOT loads, front windscreen cracked (but on passenger side - £75 excess on insurance) both ball joints, both suspension points failed, brakes binding, brake discs worn to limits, and a couple of niff and triv well it comes to £460 to get it thru the MOT!

so nearly £2000 in 2 months and i would be lucky if i could get £2000 for it being a 54 plate car, 120000 on the clock. Am now looking at a NIssan Navarra
 
T

trowel

Guest
#16
You lot sound like you are fishing for sympathy. Get a grip and stop buying flashy trashy foreign crap. I trundle about in a 22 year old Land Rover, and have not had a problem that couldn`t be fixed with various sized hammers and a Swiss army knife. Passed its MOT on Wednesday no probs. Yes, I am a smug bastard
 
#18
"so nearly £2000 in 2 months and i would be lucky if i could get £2000 for it being a 54 plate car, 120000 on the clock. Am now looking at a NIssan Navarra "
Mate - do a search on Nissan Navarra owners forums - They have a Renault TDI engine and are subject to a habbit of throwing con-rods out through the side of the engine block with no warning &-( . Seems big end bolts are made of plastic/steel .
 
#19
I work for Nissan and tbh the problem with the navara/pathfinder is the dual mass clutch, once it has come in and been fitted under warranty with the solid flywheel there is no more problem, in 5 years have never seen the con rod problem above, but the clutches we do at least 2 or 3 a week.
 
#20
Affects the D22 engine upto about engine no YD25DDT1219661 , around 54 plate I think , also seems to be an issue with an O ring failing on the oil pump pickup , symptons are a slight knocking followed by a loud bang as the rod exits .... surprised you haven't seen or heard about it , as you say dual mass flywheels more of a current issue , but that seems to be the case with any vehicle fitted with a dual mass flywheel whoever make the car / truck ... Audi , BMW , Ford , Landrover , to name a few .
 

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