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Author Topic: Near immaculate Beta Coupe 2000i.e for sale  (Read 3561 times)
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« Reply #20 on: November 08, 2018, 09:51:45 AM »

Hi Neil

I just saw an IE filler cap for sale on Facebook Club Lancia Beta  so act quickly and you get a tidy result.   https://www.facebook.com/groups/34046697401/

Good Luck

Eric

Thanks for the spot Eric. Just moved house so don't have 60 Euro spare this month, otherwise would have been tempted even at that price....
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« Reply #21 on: May 14, 2019, 07:23:58 AM »

Attended the LMC Great Northern Weekend in Northumberland. First proper enjoyable driving for me in the ie....


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« Reply #22 on: May 14, 2019, 12:12:04 PM »

It's keeping some good company I see!
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« Reply #23 on: August 03, 2019, 08:59:53 AM »

So, I think that you have all gathered that though 'near immaculate' body wise, my ie was far from immaculate from a mechanical viewpoint. The point at which I was going to tackle the main concerns around the brakes was always going to be the MOT, which came round in mid June. It was a fairly spectacular fail as I was expecting, with all four brakes plus the hand brake, not making the (pretty low) grade. Added to that was a split CV boot, a hole in the exhaust (which I also knew about) and the drivers seat belt, which was a surprise.

It all begs the question of how it was fit for the test one year and 1003 miles earlier? This was done in the tenure of the previous owner, not the dealer I bought the car from, and I suspect that they knew he didn't drive it and just gave him a walk over. A very dangerous attitude if so.

The repairs then became something of a saga, which is why the car didn't make it's hoped for appearance at Beta Meeta. I found a generic seat belt that fitted and it does look quite nice, but that took a week. Then on re-test the rear off side caliper seal failed. Off to Bigg Red it went with a promised 5 day turnaround which morphed into 16 days.

Anyway, I finally got the car back on Thursday, and although it also missed a jaunt to Scotland for my friends wedding, it will hopefully be go for the LMC National Weekend in two weeks.

The one positive for me in all this is that the refund I got from the dealer, which was a complete finger in the air, covered all the parts and repairs bar the princely sum of 4.33, and I'm not sure that Bigg Red have accounted for my 20 deposit correctly, so I might get that back too.

Don't buy a car without a thorough test drive!
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« Reply #24 on: August 03, 2019, 09:48:36 AM »

Hi Neil

I would take a few mechanical issues over bodywork on a Beta anytime and the brakes are easy to work on if primitive by today's standards. It sounds like you now have an excellent car.

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Eric
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« Reply #25 on: August 03, 2019, 10:23:09 AM »

Agreed, simple (If irritating) fixes.

Sometimes you wonder. I've just replaced the discs and pads on my 406 as the previous owners garage used good quality  pads but on badly corroded discs which A ate them and B reduced the effective disc size by about 20% That had a brand new MOT too.
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« Reply #26 on: August 03, 2019, 07:53:53 PM »

I always take the view that even the most immaculate car advertised would need a lot of rectification work, it is amazing what owners put up with or don't care about. Then again maybe I'm too fussy?
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« Reply #27 on: August 04, 2019, 11:51:09 AM »

I forgot to mention that the above costings also included replacing the cambelt and front crankshaft oil seal. I did spot the oil leak there when I bought the car, but after 300 miles on the GNW it was worse that I'd first appreciated....
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« Reply #28 on: August 23, 2019, 01:00:44 PM »

The ie got a proper work out over the last week. First a run down to the LMC National Weekend of circa 300 miles, then a camping trip in the Yorkshire Dales where it was hammered round the narrow and steep roads. Great to be able to tear up steep inclines in third rather than second with apparently endless torque.

I also had to do two emergency stops. One coming onto the M69 (the Mini two in front had to swerve onto the hard shoulder to avoid rear ending the car that stopped for no apparent reason!) then on one of the gravel strewn narrow roads in the Dales. So the brakes are certainly working, locking up a couple of the wheels on the gravel.


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« Reply #29 on: September 01, 2019, 02:43:48 PM »

It was good to see the i.e in the metal at the AGM, ... I'am now quite jealous, One day I might have proper paint too!

Great to see a Beta being used properly, tons of room for camping gear in any Beta. Think we all need to drive our cars 5000 miles pr year minimum Smiley
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