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Mechanic

Your Moans & Groans



We all must have bought a car at sometimes in our lives that doesn't quite match our expectations.

So to help others repeating our mistakes why not tell us and we'll put your gripes on this page....



DACIA DUSTER (1991 - 1996): Very, VERY basic, but if you accept that, then a great little 4x4. Does break down, but since it is so basic, always easy to fix, and rarely stops you from getting where you were going (still has a starting handle!!). Uses a Renault 5 1397cc engine, but made under license by Dacia using cheaper alloys. Many have had R5 engine transplants. Totally indestructable and will take any punishment you can hurl at it. Rugged looks (very much like the Mercedes G-Wagon) and sparse but functional interior. Useless for posing, but will pull a small house (slowly) and cost nothing to buy. Fuel economy is tragic, but Duster's rarely cover many miles. Standard 175/70R14 Mud & Snow tyres, don't grip tarmac well, but putting 195R14 van tyres will improve grip, enhanc height and looks and knocks about 200rpm off at 60mph (normally 4200rpm @60mph!!)

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FORD KA (1996 - ): Watch out for camshaft wear. OVH engine means camshaft in engine block and needs to be lifted out for replacement otherwise loud tappet noise will result and low performance and eventually engine damage if wear gets excessive. 1997 models are prone to this problem.

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JAGUAR XJS, XJSC CONVERTIBLE (1983 - 1996): Check front void bushes. they are prone to going and can cost over £1000 to replace the set.

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MITSUBISHI CARISMA (1995 - ): the 1.8GLXI GDI is my wifes favourite all time car that she has owned !!!- to me its just a reliable bland jap 4 door saloon, the GDI engine is willing and it pulls well, and yet its frugal, happily returning 40mpg...... the steering is light ( too light for my liking) and the gear change smooth and easy, - the brakes are fierce and the car stops well, after 5 years of ownership our ex demonstration model has needed only a new washer pump, and we have obviously needed a new exhaust....and it has now covered 90,000 miles, so reliability cannot be faulted, mitsubushi dealers can be a bit steep and the exhaust part required took 3 days to arrive at the dealership !- pattern parts can be hard to find on some models.... but all in all a good but plain car…

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NISSAN PRIMERA (1996 - ): For post 1999 models check whether ABS rings have been replaced. They go after 4 years, regardless of mileage and cost £200 plus PER WHEEL!

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PEUGEOT 206 (1998 - ): The worst car that I have owned. Car seats have a mind of their
own, moving and jamming whenever they want, and collapsing. Have spoken
with many owners, all have had the same problems, and more problems with
peugeot after sales customer care, they dont see to know what it is!!!
Never want one again, cant wait to get rid of it, awful!!!!


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RENAULT ESPACE (1991 - 1997): Diesel will go on forever if you look after it. Camshafts can wear if oil not changed regulary. Dont let engine overheat (broken fanbelt - drives waterpump) or you can say goodby to the engine. Renault spare parts cost the earth making a rebiuld uneconomical. Better looking for another engine. Maintenance access very good. Let down by poor gearbox - very agricultural. Not very comfortable in the back even for those with short legs. Diesel runs well on vegetable oil 50/50 mix with diesel. Cabin ventilation awfull. 4 or more passengers and a rainy day is recipe for steamed up windows. Avoid this and buy one with air-con.


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TOYOTA AVENSIS (1997 - ): Have a 2002 1.8 CDX.50,000 miles.
Generally poor. Recurring brake judder, three sets of discs and two skims under warranty.
Constant wheel balance problems.
Bad fitting interior trim.Glove box on different curve to surrounding trim.
Squeeking steering column.
Failed gear box bearings.
It goes on…


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TOYOTA SUPRA (1986 - 1993): Turbo models are prone to over heating causing head gaskets/cylinder head problems.
Targa roof prone to leakage. (Test seals)
Warm starting problems could indicate crank sensor problem.


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VAUXHALL OMEGA (1994 - ): Watch for leaking rocker covers on older models.
Warm starting problems could be the cam sensor - relatively easy and cheap to replace but needs to be set up on an engine diagnostics machine.

I’ve had my omega for 18 months now, it hasnt let me down once mines the 20 16v engine with 95000 on the clock it is very economical 225 miles on £50 of petrol cant go wrong

99 2.0 omega keeps reving up and down on tick over when engine has wamed up, 1000-1500 rev swing , had the crank shaft sensor replaced but still having problems, happens a couple of times a week.

The idle speed control valve is very sensitive to contamination and thus needs dismantling and cleaning on a regular basis.


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VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT (1997 - ): Air Flow meter.

Catalytic Converter problem causes loss of powere especially up hill, as the ball of canker in the cat drops back and blocks the exhaust.
Knocking from the front suspension. Not yet resolved.

Water leak causes some electrical control box to short which stops various electrical items from working, in particular the windows and fuel cap door.


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VOLKSWAGEN SHARAN (1995 - ): The expected promise of a VW badged car is not realised. Although the (diesel) engine is VW, there are many issues with other aspects of the car. Trim quality is very poor and bits break off quite easily. There is a tendency for the front n/s footwell to flood for one of two reasons! A join in the pipe to the rear screen washer, passing through the sill trim on the n/s, is prone to come apart if not pushed fully home on assembly. If you hear a 'squishing' sound on washing the rear screen, STOP using it until fixed (6 screws, easy). Also the drains for the windscreen scuttle can block, causing the scuttle to overflow through the heater, also flooding the front n/s footwell. The sound insulation can hold about 3 gallons of water and takes forever to dry out IF you can cut it free; it goes all the way over to the other side!!! Otherwise a great car, VERY versatile. It's a shame they didn't put sliding rear doors, though.

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