Living With Our Rapido 963f Le Randonneur Motor Home.

Friday, 3 June 2011

No boating this weekend!

The bad luck bug seems to have struck again, this time in the car department. Margaret has her own little yellow Peugeot 107, which is great around town, and, importantly in this day and age, does over 60 m.p.g. It is now 5 years old and has 45,000 miles on it, but seems to have become a little unreliable. Earlier in the year the clutch went, no drive at all, just like that, at 40,000. It was repaired without any problems, but a search of the Internet forums indicated that we were not alone in experiencing this problem at such mediocre mileage.

The other day, whilst out on a trip to Settle, a grating noise could be heard from the engine department. The car continued to run OK, and a quick look under the hood revealed nothing untoward, so we continued our journey. A few miles down the road, the battery warning light came on, quickly followed by the flashing STOP warning lights and the coolant temperature warning light. Another look revealed a missing alternator belt.

Having managed to get the car safely home, I again searched the Internet forums on "shredded alternator belt Peugeot 107" and found that literally hundreds of owners had suffered the same problem, all as a result of a failed water pump. All occurrences were around the 50,000 miles mark, which is where I suppose ours is.

A visit to our local garage was met with "oh another one of those" when I explained the problem, and of course it was! When the owner contacted his parts supplier it was a case of "we have sold dozens of those, I think they have modified them now".

So, this weekend, the car is in for repairs instead of us boating. This one will cost approximately £100 for a genuine (modified) Peugeot pump, £15 for a drive belt, and two hours labour. If you have a Peugeot 107 with mileage approaching 50,000, beware! And to make matters worse, the weather has turned again, to hot and sunny!

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