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Re: Which things will kill our cars? Common faults?

#46 Post by lock1506 » Sun Feb 24, 2019 6:25 pm

People still not wanting the lesser models?? I've had my 214sli for nearly 10 years and couldn't sell it two years ago when I tried to get £400 for it. I've happily ran it for another two years but the headgasket went before Christmas and I knew it would need a few other jobs for its next mot. I've done most of the jobs now with only the trailing arm bushes left to do but then the engine has another issue again eventhough I haven't had it back on the road yet. The head was skiimmed, new hg fitted with water pump,cambelt etc and a new sump as the old one was getting very rusty. Car has ran great for a few weeks just in and out of the garage and been left to tick over then suddenly it has started pushing the coolant out of the header tank again but not over heating. So now as I've spent more on this car than it is worth just so I could keep it on the road as I know no one else wanted it, it now has me wanting to just take it to the scrap yard which would be ashame as the body is still good.

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Re: Which things will kill our cars? Common faults?

#47 Post by GTiJohn » Sun Feb 24, 2019 7:02 pm

It's difficult to ignore the value of the vehicle you're spending money on but it's important to also consider the cost of the alternatives, ie buying another car, when deciding what to do but you should.

I had a friend ask me for advice on buying a 'more reliable car' when he hadn't had any problems with his current one for the last 2 years and had just bought new tyres for it :laughing2
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Re: Which things will kill our cars? Common faults?

#48 Post by lock1506 » Sun Feb 24, 2019 7:34 pm

Thats true but I've just kept this because I like it however now its starting to annoy me, I've got plenty of other classics and the 214 isn't my daily anymore so I don't need to replace it I could just say enough is enough and scrap it. I'll leave it for a few weeks again and might just drop another engine in, I've got one spare left just not sure if its a 14 or 16 and I can't read the number on it.

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Re: Which things will kill our cars? Common faults?

#49 Post by 220 GSi turbo » Sun Feb 24, 2019 7:59 pm

Could your coolant pressure problem be caused by an airlock in the system?

That can sometimes happen after the cooling system has been worked on, even after the system has been fully bled when first started up.
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Re: Which things will kill our cars? Common faults?

#50 Post by lock1506 » Sun Feb 24, 2019 8:48 pm

Thats what I was hopeing but not sure yet, there are still some air bubbles coming up into the header tank it just seems to be pushing to much water back up and it started with a missfire this morning which is never a good sign. I'll take the plugs out tomorrow and spin it over to see if there is water in the cylinders again.

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Re: Which things will kill our cars? Common faults?

#51 Post by Paul_1978_yorks » Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:05 pm

As for people wanting “lesser” models, I’ve found that all R8 variants are quite sought after. Some people like the lesser specced models and don’t dismiss them. However naturally the higher the spec the higher the value.

However pricing is really difficult with R8s!

I’ve seen SLi specced cars being advertised for £2k+ and struggle to sell, and a well specced SEi with only 19k on the clock only managed to make £440 on eBay recently.
Similarly you would think 216 GTi’s would command a high price, but struggle to go for over £1,500 and more realistically sell around £1k as a rule.

As usual, the market decides but there is definitely a price ceiling for R8s and it’s not high.
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Re: Which things will kill our cars? Common faults?

#52 Post by ROVER-25X » Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:58 pm

Jobs not being done properly in the first place, MLS gasket reused in this case.





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Re: Which things will kill our cars? Common faults?

#53 Post by GTiJohn » Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:29 pm

That is just the wrong way up, isn't it ?

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Re: Which things will kill our cars? Common faults?

#54 Post by 1234dist » Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:13 pm

i'm with you john, those roght hand side holes don't line up :scared
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Re: Which things will kill our cars? Common faults?

#55 Post by 961tat » Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:39 pm

They normal have top etch on :clapping who's put that on :scared .

You may already know , if your liners are not proud of the block and level with each other MLS don't work .

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Re: Which things will kill our cars? Common faults?

#56 Post by ROVER-25X » Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:39 am

Some people, beggars belief. :slapme
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Re: Which things will kill our cars? Common faults?

#57 Post by GTiJohn » Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:01 pm

Just reopening this thread to see if there are other items that should now be added.

There's a good reason for this... :angel
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Re: Which things will kill our cars? Common faults?

#58 Post by lock1506 » Sun Jun 16, 2019 6:02 pm

My current fueling issue has just about got me ready to break mine.

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Re: Which things will kill our cars? Common faults?

#59 Post by 1234dist » Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:00 pm

Could always speak to a mobile mechanic
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Re: Which things will kill our cars? Common faults?

#60 Post by lock1506 » Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:25 pm

I am a 44 year old mechanic, trained on Volvos mainly. I've had many rovers over the years and worked on and serviced all sorts and still restore mostly 1960s to 1980s cars for fun. I've had this 214 for about 10 years and done everything its needed until this problem. I am however not an auto electrician and that may be where the fault lies with this now. I'll change the crank sensor on it again but after that I won't be spending anything else on it and all the new parts I have put on it can go off to help other people out.

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