I am in the need of the following - these items need doing quite soon:
- o/s/f lower arm rear bush
(had quote for £75 excl VAT) £23 on eBay from DELPHI, ACE PARTS
- steel coolant pipe and water pump
(quote was for £225 (yikes)) There's a steel coolant pipe coming up on Ebay for £15 (01-06 BMW MINI R50 R52 R53 1.6 LOWER COOLANT HOSE RADIATOR PIPE | eBay
am asking them if it's the right part that I need.
In terms of water pumps - I just can't afford that - they're really expensive even on Bay. They say the rear of the pump is corroded - I may just have to leave that for the minute because that's just too much money. Bang goes any holiday with the kids in the summer
And these aren't needed so urgently but will be needed:
- o/s track rod end
AGR AUTOMOTIVE, FEBI BILSTEIN, MEYLE, FIRST LINE, VECO
- n/s inner track rod joint
VECO, FIRST LINE, DELPHI
- front to rear brake pipes
on both sides (can't see any particular brands)
I want to shop around for best value (that means price but also means decent quality as well).
The only problem is, I don't know which are rubbishy makes and which are ok. I've put in capitals the names that are coming up if I search on eBay for example - can anyone say 'that's a good make' or 'that's a really rubbish brand and will fall to bits'??
Any help gratefully received as these costs come on top of a full service, fitting of a new stereo and repair a stiff door handle which all came to £255 today. I wouldn't mind but since I've had it it's had a new rad, repair to the cooling system for the known leak issue, rebuilt gearbox, rebuilt clutch, new exhaust, handbrake cable....