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Unread 07-23-2015, 03:22 PM   #1
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I really need some advice, I know nothing about cars and am in a sticky situation with my local dealership (Evans Halshaw).

Three years ago we bought our (now) clapped out car from this official Vauxhall dealership. It was one year old when we bought it and now has possibly 80k on the clock (currently it's in the garage so I cant confirm).

The first sign we got about there being an issue was a red coolant light flick up on the dashboard, which then went off a short time later (less than two mins). We rang the dealership when we got home and informed the dealership what happened. They gave us no guidance and booked us in for six days later. We continued driving around with no problems, until on a drive it cut out similar to when you run out of petrol. We got the aa out and they towed it to the dealership. They have checked the engine and confirmed it is not the CAM belt but cannot confirm anything else apart from the engine has no pressure and that it will take another 350 to investigate any further. Then a new engine may still be required after that.

My problem is that they seem to be pushing us for the new engine which will cost about 1900 + vat + 9hrs labour (100p/h) so im dubious.

Is a new engine the only "real" option? or do I have any rights due to its mileage and age e.g. fit for purpose etc..

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Unread 07-23-2015, 09:19 PM   #2
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If the coolant light came on at one point, and now later the engine has no pressure, it sounds like the engine has overheated and the head gasket has blown. This CAN cause many further problems. You can end up with coolant in the oil causing major bearing damage.

Without actually seeing the engine apart it is just guesses as to what they are seeing and what they are saying.

If indeed the bearings have been damaged, it may be cheaper to replace the whole engine rather than try to repair yours.
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Shop around, dealerships are notorious for high prices. You might find a shop who will fix it for quite a bit cheaper.
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