i'm new here and i thought i'd share my experience of 3 months with a free car.
so back at the end of may my grandparents decided for some reason they couldn't stand their 2.0 hdi xsara picasso any longer and wanted to scrap it. As someone who loves average shite cars i leapt at the chance to take it from them.
i picked up the picasso from my grandparents house, of course because this is my first car i'm paying an insane amount of insurance. upon attempting to start it the battery was dead from sitting for 4 months......great start!
once i got the car started i noticed a pretty strong clutch judder but other than that it seemed to run pretty well.
First drive after extensive cleaning, horrific front tyres! and worn to hell wiper blades but other than that pretty good motoring really.
so june was pretty trouble free, that was until i was driving home from hartlepool one day and i noticed a squealing noise......i suspected it was just a tensioner or something minor like that. Oh how i was very wrong!
The source of the noise was the thrust bearing guide on the clutch, it had disintegrated and damaged the plates, which was fun. But i manged to get a whole new clutch and bearing kit fitted for £250 so it wasn't as big of a deal as it could have been and totally transformed the car.
Completly trouble free, driving really well and covered 3,000 miles since i saved it from the scrapyard even the air con blows ice cold.
decided to treat myself to some new pirelli tyres and wow the handling was transformed, no more abs kicking in everytime i thought about braking if a single raindrop hit the ground. So nice having grip.
also fitted roof bars and wind deflectors and they have really transformed the look.
Again not a single issue, averaging over 600 miles per tank now with 50/50 town and a road/motorway driving and running better than ever.
I must admit, it's a fine looking car, the deflectors and roof bars just make it look right.
not bad for a first car for free.
hope you enjoyed my little story, will keep it updated