Was planning on selling this two weeks ago, but having just spent another £730 on it in the last two weeks , I'm starting to think I'm now tied into it for the long-run. Story as follows...
55 plate 150 CDTi 131K miles
88K DMF and clutch, June 2010
100K Cambelt, tie rods, anti-rollbar arms, Dec 2010
120K New front springs, Jan 2012
125K New CIM, April 2012
127K wiper linkage, aircon condensor, May 2012
131K alternator, June 2012
I do between 20K and 30K miles per year and this car has cost me about £5,000 in servicing and repairs (not including tyres) in the last 2 years. In theory it could now keep going without costing me a penny for the next few years, but I'm not sure that's realistic, particularly after reading stories about inlet manifolds/swirlbars, EGR valves, etc...
Talk me out of buying a 10 year old Merc E class estate.