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    My clutch went on friday... £325 to fix, on a car thats worth no more than £500.

    I'm going to fix it, basically because I want to keep the car going until it does 300,000 miles - it's got 25k to go!

    It also needs £50 of rear brakes, £100 of power steering pumps and hoses and a replacement exhaust as the current one is not right and is rubbing on the rear suspension, but I can do those myself!

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    My car desperately needs a full service, currently it needs new wish bones for the front and maybe anti-roll link arms / bushes , The drivers side wing de-rusting and re spray painting, the passenger side wing mirror either needs the glass replacing with the correct glass or replacing altogether. Minor thing but the air con does not work and the passenger side front seat does not heat properly and I would like one of those rear windscreen view mirrors that auto dimms ( that would be nice )

    Obviously after it has a full service will find out ref tyres, brakes and anything else

    Glad it's not just me that has issues with cars.
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    Our Mitsi Delica is haemorrhaging money. On top of the brakes & exhaust, the consumption* means it is going. Looking at Honda FR-V or Xsara Picasso as we need 5 real seats.


    * wife worked from home when we bought it, so 25mpg was acceptable.

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    Always buy Jap they go forever!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexbillbridgnorth View Post
    Always buy Jap they go forever!
    If looked after older french stuff is fine... I've had 2 Peugeot 405s that have done well over 250,000 (both are still driving around the local area) another that I sold for £400 with 465,000 on the clock with a full MOT! I've always gone for good looking high milers based on the fact that they must be pretty sound to get to that mileage.

    My X Reg Xsara has done 272,000 miles and apart from consumable items has been good as gold. I've heard from the garage today and the clutch looked like the original, so I'm not too bothered about replacing it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexbillbridgnorth View Post
    Always buy Jap they go forever!
    Honda Civic 1.6 Executive II here - although the wish bones seem to keep going on it each year so far. Maybe I need to choose another Jap make ie toyota or something ?

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    I have a Honda 1.8 Civic 2011 and it's perfect not one issue. Wish bones dieing every year doesn't seem right even for a poorly maintained car!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    Honda Civic 1.6 Executive II here - although the wish bones seem to keep going on it each year so far. Maybe I need to choose another Jap make ie toyota or something ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexbillbridgnorth View Post
    I have a Honda 1.8 Civic 2011 and it's perfect not one issue. Wish bones dieing every year doesn't seem right even for a poorly maintained car!!!
    I had the wish bones replaced Feb 2013 and they need doing again as they have split on both the front ones

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    Sounds like:-

    a) you abuse it off roading
    b) some king sized potholes (in which case, try claiming from the council)
    c) something else wrong causing them to fail

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    Astra's seem quite robust..on my 3rd. Brakes are original, and they don't get spared. Second set of front springs due to both snapping, but I have to pass a lot of speedbumps every day, and as I say, the car isn't spared..I also do a road that's subsiding several times a week, like a rollercoaster - frequent rapid "full travel" thrashing of the units.

    Exhaust totally replaced now, over 2 years. Just tyres and timing belts as a rule, over 5 years of merciless owning so far. Due a service (but it can wait for summer, as I want to service the autobox too), one of the plugs keeps cutting out, so new plugs needed. Cat warning came on and is now off again, so I'll ignore it..and the "airbags inoperative" warning is on - annoying but non-critical, I know what's causing that..I just need to get under the seat..heh..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oaktech View Post
    If looked after older french stuff is fine
    +1 to that. My brother's 307 has done over 200,000 miles. Drives and looks perfect, no wear to the upholstery. And there are no big bills, just lots of receipts for regular oil changes and the usual parts which wear, like brakes and tyres. But all parts are cheap and easy enough to fit yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazzy2501 View Post

    +1 to the buypartsby website. They had everything in for my '90 Sierra when I did a full service and put new dampers on it in the summer last year. The company behind it is Sutton Auto Factors in Nottinghamshire. Used them for years, no problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    I had the wish bones replaced Feb 2013 and they need doing again as they have split on both the front ones
    Are they genuine parts or copies? The Peugeot 407 suffers from similar problems, but it seems that people who buy cheap Ebay parts have to replace them more than genuine dealer ones. The daft thing is that the genuine parts aren't much dearer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibbo View Post
    Double check for me, but at CATS2U a new cat is showing as just £140:

    TOYOTA CAMRY 3.0 Petrol Cat | Catalytic Converter | Diesel Particulate Filter | DPF
    Cheers for the link - been away for a few days - its going in tomorrow - so I'll find out whats really going on - hopefully...

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