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I took my 1989 Cavalier into a large chain of Vauxhall dealers in Cambridge for a hose pipe. I was only going to buy it and fit it myself but the service chap told me that the rubber combined with the oil could have become corrosive and it'd be better done in the workshop, free of charge seeing as it was such an old car and easy to work on! (Bonus, I thought! The dealership I normally use in Stapleford have been amazing with my old Cavalier and love having it in the workshop, normally giving me healthy discounts!).

 

It came out with a hosepipe fitted but the Vehicle Inspection Report was nearly ALL Red (Red Green and Amber). They said you MUST have these faults rectified;

 

Oil leak from the cam cover gasket - I replaced it three months ago, it hasn't used a drop of oil since, yet apparently, they could see it "Pouring out" of the cover

 

Reversing lights inoperative - Both my brake lights blew for some unknown reason and I took the Reverse Lights out to replace the blown brake lights. They insisted this was not the case and I needed a new switch to be fitted

 

Both rear tyres needed replacing - With 3mm of tread on them? Really? They're in perfect order.

 

And finally, I loved this...

 

Steering/Suspension;

 

Power Assisted Steering Inoperative - Requires further investigation... At this point, I paid the £11 for my hosepipe and walked out, collecting my car.

 

It's not got Power Steering!

 

Be careful even with main dealers, because when it went into the other branch of this network, it got all greens.

 

They're thieving ****...

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