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A cording to the service book it had a belt at about 80k then another at 160k. Its now over 240k. The car is mint inside and good outside. It's obvious the left front wing has been replaced, it does not quite fit correctly but it is a pattern part. The front right seems solid, just very slight bubbling and a slight dent. If it was a grotty filthy thing in the past it certainly is not now! You would have no idea looking at the inside, and driving it that it was, even at the first belt change at 80k. The only fault I can find is the headlights are crap, the lenses faded. But 3000 grit then 6000 grit trapezoid discs then tcut should improve that.

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It now has new timing belt, waterpump, tensioner, coolant and auxiliary belt. It's not home yet, when it comes home it will get oil and filters. Dan says the front brakes are ok for now or else he would have changed them, but it needs a track rod end and a wheelbearing. It shall get these items in the near future.

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The car is home and oil, oil filter changed today and the wheelbearing and track rod ends investigated. I had it jacked up and both front wheels off. The wheelbearing is fine, the problem was the hub nut was slack. The drivers side TRE is knackered, and the rubber on the other side is split. So two new TREs ordered, will be put on and then the alignment done. The car is running amazingly well for 240640 miles covered. There doesn't look to be any rust underneath it for a 15 year old car either. Presumably because it has lived most of its life in the middle of England, not where it is now, about 500 metres from the North sea! It has another tyre fitted today too, I found a part worn fulda winter tyre the same as the other one on the front so that went on. I'm not usually happy with only two winters on the front and summers on the back, butmoney had to count, and I'm nearly at £200 of parts now so another £100 for two tyres just now was out of the question. This is supposed to be a cheap runner to save the Leon from the rigours of pizza life!

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The bora has just cost me an extra, and unexpected £3.89! I will be happy if that's the only extra money it costs. What cost £3.89 I hear you ask? Let's see how long it takes for someone to guess the correct answer

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Key fob related or mirror glass. Otherwise I'm out.
Mirror glass is the answer. Hardly the cars fault, parked on the high street outside my work whilst collecting deliveries. I'm quite surprised the culprit did not get the bosses landrover discovery as well as I was behind it!

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The headlights of the bora are absolutely crap. I'm going to have a go at improving them. I'm intending using the da sander, first with 800 grit discs, then 1600, then 3000 trapezoid and then 6000 trapezoid discs. I think that should improve matters. Then I will have to think of what I can treat them with which will slow down the rate of them deteriorating again. Does this sound like a decent plan?

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If it's not bad enough that I have fibromyalgia, have had 4 back operations and am in constant pain, I fell down the last two stairs today and landed on my arse and am now struggling to walk or even move. That's despite swallowing double the amount of prescription painkillers I usually take. If no better tomorrow a visit to the doc or to A&E may well be on the cards. I think there will be no fiddling with cars or delivering pizzas for a week or two. And daughters car needing an MOT within 3 weeks, for which it needs two new tyres which are ordered and hoping to get in the next day or two. I can manage to take it for the tyres for her, but going to my long time MOT man, 10 miles away and standing waiting while the test is being done may be past my abilities just now. Have to see what the next few days bring.

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