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Hello all,
not a cry for help, I thought I would take a minute or two to do a rundown on my '02 1.9 heap Big Grin .
Bought for not much cash on Gumtree, first impressions were good; a tidy little van with 160K on the clock and no service history, too good to be true eh?!
But as I've now began to learn after a couple of months running between 400-500 miles a week for work, she's had a hard life and been mechanically neglected (which p*sses me off no end, I just cannot understand how people will ignore the most basic mechanical care on anything, makes me spit blood  Angry)

I carried out a basic service first off, as is my norm on any new motor, both the old oil and air filters looked to have been fitted from build, they certainly didn't appear to have been changed anytime this decade! 
Oil and coolant levels were both stupidly low but everything else seemed okay.
She was off the road for a couple of weeks and then refused to start. After poking her with a stick for a while,  fault finding and reworking some previous ropey electrical "fixes", turned out the fitted battery was kaput; changed it out, all good.
Tracking was visibly off, got that sorted, happy days...

2 weeks ago and with first MOT booked, aux belt starts squealing like an unpleasantly surprised piggy; got my parts in on Thursday and changed belt, pulleys and tensioner today; the automatic tensioner was utterly shot and had actually split apart with the pulley running at about 10 deg off-line and the lower metal pulley bearings were totalled. 
On top of that, some tube had gone to town tightening the wheel nuts, took my 1/2 in hernia bar and 12 stone of size 8 boot to break the nuts, plus the cheeky bar-stewards had nicked the jack and handle, so I'm glad I found that out now and not at 3AM in the rain on the side of the A47 some day.
Oh yes, and it failed it's MOT; corrosion near the seatbelt mounts and wishbone bushes. Ho hum!

Anyway, moan over. I don't expect that much from a cheap 15 y/o van with (now) 170K on the clock, stuff wears out, body work starts to go, it's the previous owners who cant be arsed to do the basic stuff that annoy me! So, I will get her sorted and hopefully she will be good for another year. Timing belt and water-pump are next on the 'to do' list.
Vive La France!


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#2
But it still does your 4 - 500 miles a week ...... at least you can do your own work which really helps a lot....

You'll get there and it will all calm down.
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(13-09-2015, 09:10 PM)geoff Wrote:  But it still does your 4 - 500 miles a week ...... at least you can do your own work which really helps a lot....

  You'll get there and it will all calm down.

Hello Geoff,
yes, I don't mind doing the work at all, it's all good knowledge to have and I don't have any illusions about what it takes in keeping a 15 year old commercial vehicle running day in, day out...plus it's a good deal more civilized than the C15!! It just annoys me that people don't take care of stuff and it makes life much harder down the line getting the wagon back up to standard... my problem is all with the people, not the machine!!
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Been there and done that and it is satisfying to say the least as in the end it is possible to have VERY economic motoring.......and of course you will know the vehicle inside out which has its own reward.

My old apprentice used to take the p*ss of my last van as it was cosmetically challenged ( but mechanically excellent ) but when I asked him how much he was paying for his car the reply of £350 a month for the next 3 years made me giggle out loud ... I told him I had only paid £500 total including a service for my van and had run it for several years ( 4 or 5 years, cannot remember exactly which ) for a pittance, a few months later he was less than amused when I replaced it as I sold it for £350 cash to a trader !
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It's a sad fact of life that people are penny wise & pound foolish.I tend to over service my cars(incl a beloved C15) & touch wood,have had no breakdowns or mishaps for donkeys years.Good luck with your van & may you have many years life from it.Soak any rust with Waxoyl,it's great stuff.
Strawberry flavoured windows  Dodgy
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rightytighty Wrote:I don't expect that much from a cheap 15 y/o van with (now) 170K on the clock

It's an 02 so it's only 13 years old Big Grin Does it need a bit of welding work or just cleaning up ?
So where does this bit go then ?
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Yes, I'm enjoying being smug with my £500 Berlingo- see my other posts!

Of course some may argue the lack of gears I suffered the other day or the popped off radiator pipe are "problems", but I see them as "mobile engineering opportunities"!

And it actually looks pretty damn good too!
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Good to see your happy with your new toy enjoy   Cool
                                     Smile  It's too orangey for crow's It's just for me and my dog  Smile

                                                        Heart Heart Love a lot trust a few  Dodgy
 
                                                        

                                        
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(14-09-2015, 06:16 PM)minisandfords Wrote:  Yes, I'm enjoying being smug with my £500 Berlingo- see my other posts!  

Of course some may argue the lack of gears I suffered the other day or the popped off radiator pipe are "problems", but I see them as "mobile engineering opportunities"!

And it actually looks pretty damn good too!

Thats a great way of looking at things.Is your glass half full all the time minisandfords ? Cool
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Morning all, thanks for the replies.

Well, I can't be as smug as minisandfords as I somehow ballsed up that aux belt fit and it disintegrated an hours drive from home on a night-shift Blush . 

Good thing my local garage knows what the hell its doing, as I appear to over-reach my perceived abilities on occasions! 
Luckily I still have my old C15, the (t)rusty old steed that she is; after all, power assisted steering, sound-proofing, effective heaters and decent acceleration are overrated.

Ho-hum, it's only money!
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