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TDR35

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  1. I don't have the car with me at the moment, my fiancé has taken it into work to change the oil. He's a mechanic but has only ever worked on Ford's so is not too sure what the problem might be. He did also say about the carbon build up as the car usually only does a few miles here and there. We're taking it on holiday to Wales in September so it will get a good run out then! If I remember correctly it has done approximately 57,000 miles.
  2. My 04 1.3L Yaris has been pinking for a while now, any idea what might be causing this? I don't use supermarket fuel and it doesn't do many miles at present.
  3. A belated thanks for your reply Raistlin, we took the Yaris into the local garage where they confirmed the oil leak but also said the crank shaft pulley had a hairline crack and should be replaced. Total bill came to £432! Phew
  4. The other day I noticed a very slight leak from under the right front wheel, my fiancé is a mechanic so he took it into work today and had a look on the ramp. He says its the front crankshaft oil seal, how easy would it be to change it and would he need any special tools to do the job? (he's only worked on Fords so not 100% sure about the Yaris).
  5. That's what we were forced to go with in the end, bugger!
  6. Result! He is now added and at no extra cost! I was very surprised but pleased of course :)
  7. Was wondering approximately how much it would cost to add my boyfriend to the car insurance? He is 40 and has been driving since 1990 with no convictions.
  8. Something similar happened to my mother last December, she was on a one way street (two lanes) in town and the chap on the left of her decided he wanted to get into her lane but he didn't look properly and pulled over and smashed right into her. Our Yaris was a write off but his van didn't get a scratch (as per usual). We thought this had all been settled several months ago as we got some compensation that went towards buying our new Yaris, but have recently received a letter saying they are disputing what happened. We have to provide details of the prang, my mother can't remember everything (she was driving alone), and she's just recently been very ill in hospital and only just come out. All very unsettling. Please keep me (us) updated on what happens in your case, I am very interested. (We also have an eye witness as well).
  9. Thanks for the advice/suggestions but have gone with Age UK again, their quote for this car is slightly cheaper at £367 and once the company have managed to contact the other drivers insurance company we will get a bit of a refund too. It is actually difficult to say who does the most driving, we are about the same, as I don't use the car for work. Now just need to pick up the new car tomorrow, weather permitting!!
  10. TDR35

    Where Is The Snow?

    We had quite a lot in north Essex on Tuesday, its still on the ground, though not the roads. Looks like much more on its way, just in time to collect the new car on Saturday! Great - not!!
  11. Thanks for the replies. Interesting to see Age UK in the top ten, they were quoting £374 fully comp. We may just go with them again as need to pay the balance for the new car and collect it on Saturday.
  12. Can anyone recommend a good car insurance please? It would be for my mother and myself, she says she wont be driving much so it will mostly be me. We were with Age UK (!) as she is a pensioner but I was wondering if it would be cheaper to have me as the main driver with her as additional? Previous insurance ran out about ten days ago. There's so many companies out there its really overwhelming. Need to get new insurance this week as I'm hoping to pick up the new Yaris at the weekend.
  13. Good news, have got a new Yaris! Viewed and test drove it yesterday with my boyfriend who gave it a thorough check over being an experienced mechanic, hope to pick it up next weekend. Similar to previous but newer, more features, bit more power and bright red!!
  14. Your Mothers injury??? Your previous posts have not mentioned any injury........In fact your first post said that she was alright = No injury Have you been talking to your friendly solicitor again? Sounds like a bit of blame culture ambulance chasing compensation creeping in here :( Does not look too good! Yes, I did say that she was alright, but she did get a bit of bruising to the chest where the steering wheel hit her. I believe it was the insurers who suggested she may be able to claim, as we didnt give that a thought. Seeing as it was entirely the other drivers fault and we have been inconvenienced by having no vehicle (didnt get the courtesy car) and ultimately losing the Yaris which was a lovely little runaround, I think she/we are entitled to get as much back as possible. No doubt the young chap that caused this has been driving around like nothings happened (as is always the way!) In other news I have seen a similar Yaris, more milage and more money but hope to have a look at it tomorrow.
  15. A quick update, with Christmas getting in the way things have been extra slow but finally the car was taken away yesterday and today we received the cheque for compensation. Also we may get a bit back from three months tax and something from my mother's injury. Now to find another car...
  16. Cheers for the advice guys. Its been decided to take the money and run!! The clutch was possibly needing to be replaced which would have cost quite a bit so we're now looking for something else. My brother has suggested a Mazda 2, must admit they do look quite sporty.
  17. We have told the insurers we want to keep the car, they have said if we do that the compensation will go down to £1,748. Is this normal practice and if so would it be worth trying to get it repaired or just take the bigger sum of money and hope to find a decent replacement? The other driver is being difficult, in that he's not answering his phone etc, our solicitor said they are sending someone round to his address to see if they can take a look at the van.
  18. Would he liike another project?! Seriously though he did a couple of superb jobs there, very impressive
  19. Had a letter today that confirms it has been written off but they say we will get £2,100 for it, or £2,200, if we can get the excess back. Thought that was a reasonable sum, just such a shame to have to lose a very good car. My partners a mechanic so he'll be able to help with buying a decent replacement in time to come. (The solicitor was advised by my brother as my mother was getting in such a panic!)
  20. Thanks folks for your replies, this is my third attempt at replying, the others somehow got deleted! The insurers were notified the next day and should be on the case but also a friend of my brothers is a solicitor and he has taken this on free of charge as well. My mother and I share the car and while we didnt use it that much it is still an inconvenience as not being able to do the full weekly shop especially with xmas round the corner and for me not being able to drive over to my boyfriends, luckily he is brilliant and comes over mine a lot :) I have attempted to attach a couple of pics I took the day after, which was ironically my mothers birthday!!
  21. On 4th December my Yaris was involved in a bit of a accident, my mother was driving it at the time but was not at fault, a young man in a transit van drove into the side of her (fortunatly she is alright) but we have been told the car is a write off. However, a friend has said if I can get it to an independent garage they may be able to fix it. The bumper is hanging off, the left front headlight is also hanging off and the left front tyre is punctured. Other than that it is ok and although it is ten years old its only done 47,000 miles and has been an excellent car and extremely reliable. At present we are both without a vehicle as are awaiting the insurers to take action, all very inconvenient for both of us, we were told we would get a hire car but as yet nothing! Has anyone else on here had anything similar happen to them and if so what was the outcome? I will try to post a pic or two to show the damage, if I can figure out how too (not good with computers!!)
  22. Sunny south my foot! Glad you managed to be productive mate, not so successful here oh well, tomorrow looking better weather wise
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