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  1. hot-fuzz

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    Hello all,

    Broke down today :mad:
    1 month after the full service the cambelt has gone and ive been quoted nearly £1400 for a replacement (i have checked and this is the best around).
    Trouble is, the car is a 6 year old Renault Scenic with nearly 90,000 on the clock .
    It has just had a full service (by the same garage) and when i told them this, they say, yes it was on the list that you could get it replaced, but i didnt ask for it, so it wasnt replaced .... my fault !!!

    So seeing the current climate and the fact that cars are getting quite a bit cheaper, is it worth me ditching the Scenic (as technically with a £1400 bill its a write-off) and put the £1400 on a deposit for a second hand car with warranty (probably only afford up to about £6-7K) or get the scenic fixed ?

    Im stuck at what to do or what will make sense in the long run. I know that the car will die in a few years and probably end up costing me more, so do i get a car that will be fixed at no cost under warranty, but have to spend out on monthly repayments ??

    Decision decisions.

    :confused:
     
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    I am assuming that there has been engine damage due to the cambelt/timing belt going?
     
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    Yes, the whole thing needs to be taken off and replaced. :thumbsup:
     
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    By the way, VW sent a letter to my daughter reminding her that the timing belt chould be replaced every 60,000miles or 4 years. Surely your dealer must accept some responsibility for not pointing out the most essentila of items needing replaced on your car?
     
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    I would ask around other garages first, get a better idea if the quote is reasonable and then decide.
     
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    For a Scenic it is every 72,000 miles or every 5 years, and they got a print out of the service record and on it, it says that cambelt is "out of date" so to speak, and its my fault for not saying that i could have it done. To be fair if they had asked me at the time i woudl have said no as i had to fork out £700 to have 2 cars serviced.

    Hence why im a bit reluctant to spend what will be nearly £2000 on getting my crappy crappy car to do what it should be doing, knowing i wont be able to sell it in the future.
     
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    If it was me & I had a sum of money to change I'd write it off & get a newer car . There are plenty of good deals out there , go armed with cash & you will get a bargain I'm sure .

    What is your budget if that is no too personal a question to ask ?
     
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    I took a guess on the car :

    From Glasses guide , 2003 , Dynamique 1.8 Petrol , 90,000 miles :


    Part-exchange Price:
    Excellent condition:
    £1370

    Average condition:
    £1230

    Below average condition:
    £1095
     
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    Your quote is pretty much what the car is. My budget is about £6k-7K but realistically it should be about £5K tops (which includes the £1300).

    I would need something with ample boot space and 5 doors and ideally from a dealer with some warranty.
     
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    So the cylinder head is trashed and it would need another part service for the fluids that would be lost replacing it, like you say too much cash.

    I'd stick it on Ebay at £100 and see what happens whilst working on the next car.

    Liam
     
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    Do you have a preference for any particular makes ?

    My wife has a Mondeo 1.8SCi Ghia X , 2003 model , 39MPG urban constant , 50+ MPG on a motorway run , loads of room , loads of kit including full leather , climate control , heated & cooled electric seats , heated front screen , Sony 6 disc CD changer , electric windows all round , the list goes on & on . It's a fantastic drive , maybe no image but who cares .

    £5000-£6500 would get you a 2005-2006 model .

    Just a taster of what can be bought .
     
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    I'd consider the same , see what you get , don't spend money on it .
     
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    Some good stuff coming.
    Ive jsut spoken to the Father-In-Law and am considering giving the car to him and spending the money on a new one now.

    Im liking the idea of a Mondeo though. :thumbsup:

    Does anywhere give warranties on used cars ??
     
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    A taster :

    From Autotrader & a Ford dealer , go with cash you'd get this for £4250-£4500


    2005 05 Reg FORD MONDEO 2000 cc 2.0 Ghia X 5dr
    Price:
    £4,891


    Features: 38,929 miles Manual Blue* Petrol Hatchback 2000 cc Full Description: Glossary of Terms

    5 Doors, Manual, Hatchback, Petrol, 38,929 miles, Blue*, ABS, Adjustable Steering Column, Air Bags, Air Conditioning, Alarm, Alloy Wheels, Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS), CD Autochanger, Climate Control, Dual Airbags, Electric Door Mirrors, Electric Windows, Front & Side Airbags, Front Fog Lamps, Heated Front Windscreen, Immobiliser, In Car Entertainment, Keyless entry system, Leather, Metallic Paint, Power Steering, Rear Wash Wipe. £4,891
     
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    ^^^ NICE !!!

    Like it.
     
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    You ain't lived till you have tried these 2 features :

    Heated Front Windscreen : marvellous invention , ice on the windscreen , press a button , all goes away in 3 mins .

    Climate Controlled Front Seats : Air-con blows cool air through perforations in the leather , imagine it in shorts on a hot summers' day ! :cool: :devil:

    It's a drivers car as well , brilliant roadholding , smooth ride , try one even if you don't buy it .
     
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    I used to have a Ford Focus Ebony Edition ;)
     
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    Did that model have these features ?

    If so you know what I'm talking about .

    :)
     

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