As mentioned here...
...I've had my heart set on one of these Estima things for some time. The desired spec was
- veg friendly dizzler
- eight seater (lay-flat bed-mode-capable)
- curtains (for discreet dogging / Shitefest activities)
- not termially borked (oft seen with kippered heads)
- sub-bag pricetag
Automatics outnumber manuals by about 50 to 1, that cut down choice too much, so I thought I'd give an auto a chance.
Then I found this one on Gumtree, at Ã‚Â£999, the closest one I've seen so far, in Bradford. I thought I'd pop along and see this local one without a tow-bar, have a drive to see if this idea was a good one, make my excuses and leave, waiting for one with full spec, maybe even a manual would turn up.
The ad was a bit pants. The title:
CAR FOR SALE!!!!!
With the main of the five poor pictures being an over-exposed diagonal image of the headlining.
But it showed eight months test, and mileage 94,000. But as it counts in km, that's only 58,000 miles. Gotta be worth a look, eh?
The Bangladeshi gentleman seller was so lovely and I couldn't find much fault with it, apart from the blowing of oily fumes from the oil filler cap. In fact he was the one to point out a few scuffs, (I'm not fussed about them really).
I said the fumes worried me a bit, so I'd go home, read up and have a think. He was understanding and seemed unafraid to drop the price, as I was only the second to come and view it in a month on sale. The first chap wanted brand new paintwork on a 20 year old car.
Pics from the first viewing:
^There's our man.
So we had the Heavy Breathers thread, which put my mind at ease somewhat. But then I got through to an Estima expert at www.gtmotors.co.uk . Big-up to those guys. They told me a blocked breather would have oil spunking out the dipstick tube. We ain't got that here.
He said about the fumes from the cap THEY ALL DO THAT SIR. It's due to the lump being laid on it's side, so there's probably nowt wrong with it if there's no other symptoms of trouble.
Another call to Mr_Bradford and a plan was hatched with the aid of wor Will...