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 Post subject: And in the end ......
PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:58 am 
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Its time to let my work-horse of a Berlingo go to the great Berlingo car park in the sky. MOT due at the end of the month and needs over £600 spending on her (not just MOT work) which I can't really justify when there are other expensive components that have done 190,000 miles and could be ready to die.

No idea what I'm getting next, something really cheap that doesn't have an engine that gives up the ghost easily for one reason or another. I'm tempted to get a 1.2 Corsa C again, apart from having to change the timing chain kit now and then, they are pretty reliable cars with normal maintenance.

Not being as close to the back-street trade as I used to be has exposed me to the outside world, I am shocked to see people asking £1500+ for a small engined 15+ year old 100k+ miles cars. I used to pick up better cars for £300 or £150 if it needed the head gasket doing (which is pretty easy and cheap on most small engines).

Any suggestions?

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:17 am 
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EPAS is a common failure on the corsa, hope all of those using the system as an aftermarket PAS take note.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:50 am 
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If you’re open to suggestions, I’d go for a Honda Jazz. I’ve reluctantly just got rid of mine after 10 years of faultless service. Apart from servicing, it needed no virtually no repairs in that time- a washer jet is all I can remember having to replace.

With the “Magic” seats, the interior space is really flexible and huge. The build is solid and, while not soft touch materials everywhere, they’re robust and don’t mark up easily.

Mark 2 versions use the iVTEC engine. Timing chain is usually good for 150k+.

Wishbone suspension all around means it handles really well, once you get used to sitting up high. On twisty roads, I could surprise quite a few sporty hatch drivers with it.

The negative is that the paint is thinly applied as is under seal. You need to keep an eye out for rust. However, with most owners being a certain age, low mileage garage queens are always available.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:59 pm 
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Interesting comments on the Jazz, Honda car parts used to be really silly money so I’ve generally steered clear.

Yes EPAS on the Corsa can go wrong but 90% of the time it’s just a matter of re-aligning the sensor, most of the other faults are fixable as well.

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1982 Guards Red n/a manual - Project 66, SOLD.
1982 Garnet Red n/a manual - Project XLE (532 licensed, 1430 sorn'd)
1983 White n/a manual - Mr White Returns
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Honda's have always been super reliable, used a Honda Accord estate with 150k as a towcar.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:35 pm 
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I went for a Corsa C in the end, its the later twinport engine which is supposed to be a bit less reliable but time will tell.

Dealer is sorting out a few little bits and pieces like the compulsory Corsa swimming pool that always happens with age, someone has already sealed the bulkhead but I guess they didn't remove the brake-booster and seal the bottom corner that matters.

I hope I get as much pleasure out of this one as I did with the one I bought new many years ago, I think that is the only car I've bought for myself that was less than 8 years old.

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1983 Silver(ish)/rust n/a manual - Project Candy, SCRAPPED
1982 Guards Red n/a manual - Project 66, SOLD.
1982 Garnet Red n/a manual - Project XLE (532 licensed, 1430 sorn'd)
1983 White n/a manual - Mr White Returns
2002 Berlingo Multispace 1.9D, 190,000 miles, daily driver


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