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Iain's Fleet Management: Megane Still Mega But Grumpy When Cold


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#61 OFFLINE   IainL

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Posted 13 August 2016 - 06:17 PM

I gave this a good scrub down this morning on the outside and I have to say it looks bloody spot on. There is no significant body damage at all, just the odd ding. Even my wife commented how good it looked.

Now I have a dilemma. Originally I had envisaged this as a beer money shitter to run into the ground but it appears to be far too good for that, despite the price.

To make it a lasting proposition, it would really need a timing belt and an new radiator, in addition to the crankshaft sensor which I was going to replace anyway.

I've looked on eBay and a Gates kit with all the pulleys is only £50 and I can get a brand new radiator for £35. I could do the latter myself no probs but the former is a garage job for me.

I am now completely in 2 minds what to do, run into the ground as is or make it into a more long lasting fleet member. My wife said she thinks I will end up spending money on it like all my cars but I hadn't really intended to do that at first.

The other thing is that it has 155k on the clock, but it really does sound as sweet as a flipping nut.

IDK
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Posted 13 August 2016 - 06:31 PM

If it is solid, runs well and the interior comes up clean then do the small bits that need doing and enjoy it.

 

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Posted 13 August 2016 - 06:33 PM

I'll have about £350 spare which could bring it up to scratch but it's not so much that if it went pop I would be too much out of pocket.
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Posted 13 August 2016 - 06:36 PM

I guess there is no guarantee with any car, but this one, at least as far as you can tell, is sound and maybe would warrant a spend. 



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Posted 13 August 2016 - 06:46 PM

Scotoshite meet at yours for some HOT TIMING BELT AKSHUN?

How big a job? Special tools needed? I would require biscuits.
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Posted 13 August 2016 - 06:47 PM

Bugger the cambelt until it's proven itself to you - cheap bits like the rad are fair enough though
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Posted 13 August 2016 - 07:01 PM

Scotoshite meet at yours for some HOT TIMING BELT AKSHUN?

How big a job? Special tools needed? I would require biscuits.


Sounds like a plan! 😀👍
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Posted 13 August 2016 - 07:01 PM

Bugger the cambelt until it's proven itself to you - cheap bits like the rad are fair enough though


That's exactly what I was thinking however....
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Posted 13 August 2016 - 07:13 PM

Diy the cambelt? I did the merivas one, first cambelt I'd ever done, infact the most involved job I've ever done.

I spent the preceding month reading every forum post that mentioned 1.6 and cambelt in the same post, asked lots of stupid questions on here and bought an ebay kit, locking tool and other bits I thought I needed.

It went OK! I started screaming before I turned the key the first time, the plan being to either start crying if it exploded, or loud laughing/'its alive' cackling if it went well. Certainly a potential constipation cure! Its still running fine several thousand miles later. Give it a try, youll be so happy you did!

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Posted 13 August 2016 - 07:23 PM

You bought it as a disposable car for very little money, the more money you throw at it the more you care and then you end up looking for a disposable car to protect your fleet....

Fuel, drive etc you know it makes sense.

 

P.S. change the radiator if you get fed up/gets costly in antifreeze topping up the coolant otherwise just drive it.

 

Just my two pence worth!


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Posted 13 August 2016 - 07:46 PM

I have, many times, in the past pulled off a timing belt cover, looked at it, thought, yep, that's a timing belt and doesn't look fucked, and I can't hear any dodgy pulleys. And then ignored it for the time I've had the car...
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Posted 13 August 2016 - 07:48 PM

I'd chuck some k seal in the rad, if it's a small leak it'll likely sort that out. The timing belt I think is 60k on these, either that or 80k, can't quite remember. I'd run it till it blows. As far as I can remember it wasn't an especially expensive job but all the same it's an unknown quantity. Personally I'd spend the minimum on it to keep it going. But then I'm tight as a drum.
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Posted 13 August 2016 - 07:49 PM

But then again £50 for a kit and some biscuits will buy some piece of mind if you like the car after using it for a bit...
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Posted 13 August 2016 - 07:55 PM

£50 and food, well worth it. 

 

Personally I would shell out for a rad, more for peace of mind and at less than £40! No brainer.


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Posted 13 August 2016 - 08:04 PM

#MissionCreep.

 

I look at things a bit differently to some, but then we might differ philosophically and financially.

 

Another way to look at it is "how much would it cost me to get into another one of these?" Just because this one was seriously cheap, what's to say an equivalent car would be the same price??

 

I'd not rush into anything, but I'd never ever set out with the mindset "I'm going to run this into the ground LOL".  Just keep on top of stuff and not only will the car improve, you'll likely bond with it further and not resent it a new belt.

 

(When you think about it, it's stupid that perfectly good cars get thrown away over an elastic band innit?!1!)


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Posted 13 August 2016 - 08:09 PM

Car £159

Cam belt £50

Radiator £35

 

Not a lot of money but the parts are more than half the price of the car before oil, filter and antifreeze.

 

Don't forget you were going to run this until the MOT ran out and that was going to be the end of it. 

 

I am not saying don't do it but do it for the right reasons.


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Posted 13 August 2016 - 08:12 PM

I think I will go with the running it for a bit and see if it's a good un then decide what to do. Good combo of not mugging myself and not feeling guilty of running something decent into the ground. The £50 and biscuits Scotoshite fix it meet seems like a great idea, I will learn something at the same time too! I'm going to see how the rad performs with just a refill of antifreeze and if it's not too fast a leak I'll let it stick to the wall for a bit. I want to SORN it until the end of September but I cannot seem to do that with the green slip.

The previous owner was in the ball with sending off the V5 as its now showing as Untaxed in the DVLA site with the reason 'keeper change'.

I'm worried I'll get a fine but don't want to tax it until I use it, furthermore, it will bring it into line with the MOT expiry.

I'm worried that I'll get a fine...
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Posted 13 August 2016 - 08:18 PM

I wouldn't worry I've had that before and never heard anything. I'd suggest spending the minimum to ensure it runs reliably and safely. You could easily take it for a test in Sept and it fail comprehensively, so I'd be inclined to have s check round it and play it by ear.

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Posted 13 August 2016 - 08:23 PM

Aye I think that sounds like a good plan, suck it and see for a wee while.

This is my first foray into genuine shiteing so it's all an bit of an adventure into the unknown.

All the replies are much appreciated as a result 😀
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Posted 13 August 2016 - 08:23 PM

I wouldn't worry I've had that before and never heard anything. I'd suggest spending the minimum to ensure it runs reliably and safely. You could easily take it for a test in Sept and it fail comprehensively, so I'd be inclined to have s check round it and play it by ear.

 

That's actually a very good idea.  Take it for an MOT now, and when it passes you're in a different ball game - assessing whether to put a belt on a car with 12 months rather than 6 months to live.


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Posted 13 August 2016 - 09:16 PM

Aye to be fair if it's only MOTd til September then do nothing not essential(rad may be essential tho) til you have the results of an mot in your hand
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Posted 13 August 2016 - 09:25 PM

Going by the external condition of the car, if it passes an MOT or fails on minor items only, it's probably a keeper. 


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Posted 13 August 2016 - 09:30 PM

Don't fuck about with Radweld or similar though - keep the water topped up instead
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Posted 13 August 2016 - 10:09 PM

It's MOTd until next March 😀 Aye just going to have a bottle of premixed coolant in the boot for quick top ups.
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Posted 14 August 2016 - 06:14 AM

All 80s and 90s (I know this is 2001 but it's still a 90s car) French car cooling systems leak, fitting a new radiator would just make it leak somewhere else.


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Posted 14 August 2016 - 07:55 AM

Ha ha yes, Vauxhalls are no different! Just found out it's a cable clutch too so woo, no slave to worry about. Thought it felt like one!
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Posted 14 August 2016 - 07:58 AM

This is why I don't get a winter beater. I'd just end up wanting to wash, polish and wax it and keep it out of the salt....
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Posted 14 August 2016 - 12:42 PM

Cleaned the interior today, the seats responded very well to this turtle wax foam stuff that has a stiff plastic brush on the top.

These old Renners must be quite tough as there was almost no oil in the engine and what was there looked old. Topped it up with some 10/40 I had lying around so that's practically an oil change. Oil cap was a bugger to get off so it's not been touched for years likely.

It was also just the header tank that was empty so I'm hoping it's taken a similar number of years to get low and is a slow weep.

Going to get a new set of mats as the old ones were bogging and falling apart. Think TK Maxx have a set for a tenner, will check this afternoon.
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Posted 14 August 2016 - 03:17 PM

Going to get a new set of mats as the old ones were bogging and falling apart. Think TK Maxx have a set for a tenner, will check this afternoon.

Think Aldi had them on offer this week.


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Posted 14 August 2016 - 05:05 PM

Spent the morning cleaning this out, it was bogging.

Stains on the passenger seat are still there but they are ALOT better than they were. Few more rounds with the foam and they should be reet.

Tenner for a new set of mats from TK Maxx today and it's now a lot more habitable.

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