Is that the V6 diesel? They're notorious for being a bit shit.
Yup, as you say the reputation is terrible. When he bought it I was a bit surprised (usually has big German or Volvo) and thought it was a hell of risk at the time. He always goes for four-five year old cars of high spec and keeps them three or four years. The last few have been good to him but this one has had all sorts of issues. He did ask if we could swap the engines ourselves (he has helped me with engine swaps on the Capri and minis in the past), I politely declined but part of me would be interested to have a go.