In Mar­tyn’s garage

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Our Cars -

2007 Ford Ka I still have the ex-project Ka. Nearly sold it a cou­ple of times, but it has just passed its MOT if any­one needs a run­about.

2005 Re­nault Clio 1.2 A trade-in, so pre­sented it to my god­daugh­ter on her 18th birth­day. How­ever, she is cur­rently 20 years old and still hasn’t passed her driv­ing test. The Clio has sat in a lock-up for some time – must drag it out soon and make it road­wor­thy.

2004 Audi A8 4.0 TDI V8 Loud tick­ing in the en­gine has yet to be re­solved, al­though we now be­lieve it is a leak­ing in­jec­tor seal. Has spent months at a VAG spe­cial­ist garage as re­pair is needed to an elec­tronic is­sue with the rear light as­sem­bly. On SORN and no MOT.

2003 Skoda Octavia 1.9 130 PD Sits around a bit these days, but fires into life when asked and drives well. Ap­proach­ing 100k. Remapped to 195bhp in 2010. Low­ered by 30mm. Just passed MOT.

1998 Ford Scor­pio Ul­tima 2.3 16v Had bad press when launched in 1994 and there’s still many who dis­like the shape of the bug-eyed Ford. Owned since 2008 and now on 58,000 miles.

1989 Volk­swa­gen Jetta 1.8 16v Has been sit­ting in a lockup since 2005. Failed to start seven years ago, due to stale fuel and pos­si­ble fuel pump dam­age. Need time to col­lect and fet­tle.

1974 Ford Capri Ghia 3.0 Bought in 1987, when it was orig­i­nal and bat­tered. I had the body­work re­stored in 1991, af­ter which it sat idle for many years be­fore be­ing made road­wor­thy again in 2009. Still needs work and hasn’t moved for nearly seven years.

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