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General Whinge

Hi All. Story so far. Off FleaBay a month ago, I bought an " emmaculate" T reg Espace III. 2.2dt. I like the look and Mrs Naggington wanted something bigger for children to run amolk in. Well, you cannot get further from immaculate if you try. I did go back to the seller but he was not interested. So now I have a high milage airfix kit! First off, the rear was down on the right hand side and thanks guys, you directed me to a broken spring which I duely replaced. I still have a horrible clonk on the front left when hitting bumps. There appears to be a bit of play in the wishbone mountings so I need to replace them.
The engine mountings are worn but I was aware of that when I bought it, I hope they are not too difficult to replace. The gas shocks that hold open the rear glass door keep jumping off the mounting point. Some dimwit has open the back door with the roof bars right back. this has bent the hinges a bit and now the bottom of the door touches the bumper so the door is stiff to open and close. The washer bottle has been replaced with some breakers yard cast off, the wrong bottle and bodge wired in. So there is no wash on the windscreen or lights. The front passenger window went down and then refused to go back up. 200miles after picking the car up, the speedometer gave up the ghost, closely followed by the fuel guage. I have the common air bag warning as well. The dash dimmer switch is not working at all.
The front right headlamp will not lower or rise.
There is rust on the bonnet by the badge and the front left panel has been repaired at some stage.
The aircon has a leak and therefore Quickfit will not refill it.
The brake wear sensor was cut off, and the disks are getting a bit thin.

Work I have already done: Replaced the tyres, fixed the central locking on the back door. Secured the CV joint boot. Replaced the rear spring. Repositioned the rear glass shock mounts to prevent them from jumping off.
Replaced the air filter( only to find the screws rusted and had to cut them out) Replaced the oil filter and filled up with Mobile1 for turbo Diesel. I have a fuel filter but it is the wrong one. I can see dirt and air in the fuel line so need to get that sorted as well. I bodged the passenger window switch so I could get the window up, so that needs fixing. I got a replacement front right headlamp, hinges for the rear door and a bonnet from the breakers yard.

On the up side, I like the car but I think I bought a pup! I wont get what I paid for it now, and I cant afford to replace it so I will have to make the best of a bad situation. I have seen a number of articles on here that will help me through this trying time.

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Escort 1.8 16v and totally useless Espace 2.2td
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