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post #37 of (permalink) Old 5th January 2008
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Hello chap!

Yeah I reckon our own thread is a top idea lol

Yes I was gutted when it finally gave up the ghost, that poor car has struggled for months to continue being loyal to us. In reality it has actually out performed the Bravo. The Bravos engine is good but when the gearbox has a design flaw the car is useless. At least the Megane is a solid car even if the engine is a little weakly designed. I'm proud of that car though, despite being poorly for a long time it's given us every last little bit of performance it had to offer.

Anyway the engine supplier I've dealt with has assured me that the engine I purchase will be pre-tested before sending and they will guarantee it for 3 months and also do the cam belt for a small fee. I'm not going to trash the current engine but instead I am going to keep it and slowly rebuild it bit by bit. The theory behind the madness is this: If we get the engine replaced, the car will be useable. Then we can get parts for the old engine, we can rebuild it slowly (without rushing it) and if anything goes wrong it won't render the car useless. That way I can learn more about the engine itself by dismantling it and rebuilding it. Then should the replacement go kaput suddenly and require a major bit of surgery, I can just swap the engines and worry about the rebuild on the next day off... etc. That make sense? lol.

I know I've never removed an engine yet but doing it that way kinda sounds like less hassle than trying to undo bolts in silly places, and then work in a confined engine bay (which is the kind of thing which really makes my blood boil!).

500 is a lot of cash and quite frankly I can't afford it. Well ok, I could after 2 months with no spending but I'm going to be putting my spare cash into my Safrane fund. I'd rather just get the engine and slowly rebuild the old one myself or with the neighbours help rather than pay a mechanic.

See, I'm the sort of person that doesn't like having to rely on others too much. When I got my first PC I was completely skint (PC was XMas pressie) so I was unable to afford a tech to fix it when things went wrong. So I started building my collection of PC fixing tools, parts, software etc. I've not used a tech now for over 4 years and have my own little network of them. Thats how I would like to be with cars - independant and able to fix the vast majority of failures when they happen without having to shell out a fortune. I know there will always be some specialist jobs which only a mechanic will be able to fix but I'd like to avoid that as much as possible!
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