I need some advice on what to do. I've had my 03 2.2 DTI SRi into a local garage this morning to check a knocking noise. They've called me and told me that the car is dangerous and must not be driven! The list of urgent repairs is as follows (these are notes I've made on the phone so the terms may not be correct):
Drivers Rack Arm - Shafted
Steering Rack - Leaking (beyond repair)
Ball Joints - Shafted
CV Boots - Leaking
2 Tyres Illegal - Caused by steering rack
Tracking - out
Exhaust Bracket snapped on Cat - Been welded once before can try weld again
Brake pipes - front to back completely shafted (dangerous!)
The garage are unable to give me an accurate quote as its very likely they'll find more problems when they start the work but we are looking at a ball park figure of between £1200-£1400. They've said on top of this they can see signs that more work will be needed to the rear suspension within the next 5-6 months but didn't elaborate on what that work was and to be honest I was so completely shocked by the extent of the work required, I forgot to ask!
We've only had the car 12 months and so far its cost almost £500 in repairs (that doesn't include a major service). The garage have suggested selling the car rather than repairing due to the major cost but I just don't know what to do for the best (they don't do sales so I'm sure they're not looking for a cheap way of buying my car). If this was your car would you pay out for this knowing there's more to come or would you sell up and move on?