An update on Cooper Croydon.
Last November I took Bumble in for an Inspection 1 and MOT. I gave them plenty of notice but on the day at 5pm they told me they had not got a fuel filter in stock and could they keep it overnight. I needed it the next day fot teaching. Andrew collected it for me and they tried to charge me a lot more than the reminder notice they sent out. The bill was adjusted and they would ring me when they got the filter in.
No call, only courtesy follow up ones and I used that to air my thoughts. I had my 2nd knee op and rang them again 10 days ago. He went in thursday and I was quoted nearly £400. I refused to accept that and asked what they could do on price. As my car is quite old 05 reg I could have it done on "value line". This reduced the price to £187 with labour coming out at £55 per hour. All sorted.
Not related but the next day he was out on test. My pupil finished her test and pulled up and parked. A fail I'm afraid, could not find 3rd gear and fumbled causing other drivers to take action, she flustered and even found reverse.
I took over the driving to take her home and he started up fine, I did a turn in the road, steering felt a bit heavy but it did it. I indicated left and realised I had no indicators, NO life on any of the instrument panel and he would only do a few miles an hour in 1st gear. I don't think I had any brake lights and my hazard warning lights did not even work.
I limped a mile as I was wanting to take my pupil home but the lack of power got worse and we were being tooted understandably. I pulled over and parked up. I thought what to do when I recalled Andrews' 52 reg doing something similar when we first got it. I took the key out the ignition, opened the door and tried again and hey presto everything was ok.
Thank God it did not happen on her test, I would not know how to start to compensate. It could not be related but it taught me a lesson as I had gone out with the bare minimum in luggage, only my phone and a purse and not a lot else.
I've lost a little bit of confidence I'm pleased I was driving when it went wrong.