The adventures of Michel's C3 Picasso and Yamaha MT-09

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So will your blog title change to "strange car for strange man" 😂😂😂😂

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That dash is just simply wonderful :) I have a quiet love of a Multipla... Enjoy!

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That dash is just simply wonderful :) I have a quiet love of a Multipla... Enjoy!


I shan't be buying it after all. The seller took it for an MOT today and it failed. They want an extra £200 off me (half the cost of repairs) or I can have my deposit back. I thought about it for a while and decided deposit back.

Fail sheet...
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Now, If he'd knock me 300 off I'd do it all myself but I don't trust a dealer as far as I can throw them..

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If a years test was the agreement to buy it the dealer should not be asking for extra money cos it failed. Bloody chancer.

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That's quite a significant fail too Mike... Wise decision not to buy on the terms offered...

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I wonder if it might be worth letting the local Trading Standards know? A Car Sales Room is meant to be selling vehicles that are fit for the road. The MoT clearly shows that Multipla was not. OK, it happens. However, it is THEIR problem to deal with, and THEIR responsibility to supply a product that is fit for purpose. Asking a potential customer to help them to do a job THEY are required to do properly is not something that I would consider acceptable.

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To be fair to him, he did say the moment I walked through the door it had no MOT and it would be sold with a full one. He also said if it failed and it was anything significant he'd refund my deposit. His major mistake was admitting he knew nothing much about cars. The oil light was coming on for a minute after start-up. Took it for a drive, drove lovely. Got back. Started it again. Oil light flashing for a minute. This is the Multipla telling you it needs an oil change and can only be reset with FIAT diags.
He wanted 1200 for it. I told him it was broken and I'd take a punt for £850 as it could have major engine issues. He called his partner and agreed, so I'm not surprised he didn't want to stump up for the entire MOT cost. As it was tested last week too, I suspect he bought it very cheap as an MOT failure at auction expecting to make a grand or so on it but got bitten. I'm not telling him how to sort the oil light either when I go to pick deposit up later.

Have found a private seller in Camberly with one better. Owned since new, less miles, new clutch and DMF that I shall go and see this afternoon. If it's as good as they say I'll be buying it.

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OK, in those circumstances he was completely open with you. You were willing to take a chance, and so was he. If he had been smart he would have checked why it had failed the previous MoT before offering it up for viewing, so he could then have a better idea as to what was required (and then get it sorted out).

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Well, he called me today to say it had been sorted. The MOT checker shows it had indeed.

However... the tyre that failed is now just an advisory.. the exhaust is corroded and the handbrake iffy.

Sod that.

Another dealer in High Wycombe has a lovely looking one with 12 months MOT. Well, that's why it says online that it expires on the 21st March 2018. When challenged he said "you can bring it back any time and we will MOT It". They can go and breed with themselves.

The 107 has a duff rear wheel bearing. £155 to fit a new one. I can do without that but needs must. I took it down to the MOT place today to have the headlights checked as they were rubbish. Badly fitted Halfords bulbs, now sorted by friendly MOT man.

C4 GP is up for sale but I'm in no rush. I've put it online for £2350 (101k, petrol, belts done last March, fsh, new clutch etc) in the hope of getting £1800 for it..

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I find the 107 headlights to be quite good. That's co pared to the xantia though lol. Mind you the 205 you would think it has 4 rally giant floodlights on if, and that's on dip, and never get flashed because they blind folk. Big square lights with standard bulbs and probably better than all the new hid and led crap. I'm just wondering, how did you hear the duff rear wheel bearing over the racket they make from the back anyway? £155 seems a little expensive, does it not have a warranty as you have not had it long?

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I find the 107 headlights to be quite good. That's co pared to the xantia though lol. Mind you the 205 you would think it has 4 rally giant floodlights on if, and that's on dip, and never get flashed because they blind folk. Big square lights with standard bulbs and probably better than all the new hid and led crap. I'm just wondering, how did you hear the duff rear wheel bearing over the racket they make from the back anyway? £155 seems a little expensive, does it not have a warranty as you have not had it long?


When I go round a right hand bend and load up the left rear, the noise changes from the usual thrum to a noticeable wheel-bearing noise, a proper whirring one. It's so dear because the bearing is part of the hub and the thing costs about 60 quid. Add an hour's labour and vat. I possibly do have a warranty but after the ballache of the Focus, I've got better things to waste my time doing than chasing unhelpful morons.

The lights are good now. The MOT man who checked them and sorted the incorrectly fitted bulbs (one was me, the other was there when I got it) said Halfords own brand bulbs are s**t, and to get some Osram nightbreakers from Amazon as they're cheapest there, and take back to him and he will fit and check the alignment again for me FOC.

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The lights are good now. The MOT man who checked them and sorted the incorrectly fitted bulbs (one was me, the other was there when I got it) said Halfords own brand bulbs are s**t, and to get some Osram nightbreakers from Amazon as they're cheapest there, and take back to him and he will fit and check the alignment again for me FOC.

Check ECP too - just bought a pair of H7s cheaper than Amazon or eBay from them.

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Zelandeth wrote:
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Have fun changing the headlight bulbs in the 107.

Nearside one is an absolute pig as both the battery and air con pipework get in the way.


They don't on my 08 plate with AC. They must have changed the pipework routing. Had it down the MOT place to check alignment the other day, rubbish bulbs not correctly fitted. MOT man fixed them and checked alignment. Told me to get some Nightbreakers for it and go back if I had trouble fitting them. Amazon man dropped them off at 4pm and they're already fitted and I'm sat inside with a cup of tea. Bit fiddly but not too bad. I find the trick is to use a pair of waterpump pliers to pull the rubber cap off! Saves a load of bother. It's a piece of cake once you know by feel which way the bulb clips work. First time it's an utter s**t of a job though.

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Mike, that's a good tip to know when I come to need to do the job on Robyn's C1...

Although, knowing her, she'll do it herself with some verve as she learned how and got very competent at doing it on the 207 when it went through its phase of blowing bulbs for a pastime :lol:

She's even helped others swap headlight bulbs too....

That's my girl :)

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CitroJim wrote:
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Mike, that's a good tip to know when I come to need to do the job on Robyn's C1...


Yes. It saves trying to grab the rubber thing with outstretched fingers. It's a tight fit and takes a good pull to get off. Given the lack of room, a collision between knuckles and metal parts is inevitable. Water pump pliers are angled enough and blunt enough to pull it without tearing it.

I've done 85 miles on my motorbike today. It was a little chilly, but not much. Compression leggings for the gym, compression top, thermal cycling top and my leathers on top with a neck warmer and I was toasty warm apart from my face when I opened the visor. Oh, and the last time I filled a 125 up, it cost me about £2.80...£11.18 today! I worked this out to be 81mpg, which isn't bad considering I'm 16 stone and rev it hard when I need to go above 45mph - redline in every gear apart from 1st then...