by Terry Bradley
I bought my 2000 Grand Cherokee a month ago from a private seller.
Almost full MOT so I was quite happy until I started to sort an EML issue. This required a sensor so no problems there, but while under the car I noticed that one brake pipe was leaking and this with a new MOT.
A good check over revealed that many of the pipes were well past it and ALL the very expensive flexible brake hoses were damned well dangerous. No way did this car have a legitimate MOT.
I duly ordered everything and got to work only to find that the brake tube nuts were internally unfinished and as you tightened them up, they cut the bloody flanges off the brake pipes. Did I laugh, did I bloody hell? The crap parts were all returned for a full refund and alternative parts were duly fitted to get this monster back on the road.
The 4.0 litre straight six gets about 18 MPG and that is expensive, but I do love it. After about 20 years with big BMWs this feels quite slow but as I said, I do love it and I am hoping for many years of motoring while feeding the corrupt taxman with his ill gotten gains at my expense.
The moral of this story, never trust a private seller as they can be worse than the motor trade for ripping you off.
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