So after owning the YRV Turbo for a few months, I have had quite a few issues, but these last few days have been just plain irritating.
Car was due for MOT, so I book it in, it fails for 3 things:
Towbar bolts didnt have spring washers, One bolt not the right length, and the one I REALLY didnt want to hear: Large hole in exhaust pipe above rear axle
So I phoned around for quotes and replacements and cheapest price was £120 for a single pipe, which in my opinion would spoil the rear appearance of the car as the bumper cutouts would still be there for the twin pipes. The cost of the twin pipe rear section was £310.
So I called Infinity Exhausts in Yate, and took the car around there, and found the flange section on the middle silencer was also corroded and cannot be worked on
So I made the decision to just cut the whole box out and put a stainless steel pipe all the way through to just before the split to the 2 exit pipes without any silencer!
Result - 1 rather loud YRV Turbo! This cost me £100. The cost with a silencer would have been £200. I made a hasty - though I'm not sure very wise - decision!
The other problem that was happening in parallel with this was the auxiliary drive belt was slightly squealing and I told Nationwide to replace this before testing the MOT, which they tried doing, but then once they removed mine, they realised the one they had ordered was too small (4pk1708) and promptly decided to fit mine back on so that I could drive the car home. BUT they had damaged the belt in the process and it split and discarded half its width on the way home. It was running on 2 ribs and this of course meant that many things started to go wrong on the car, the power steering, the alternator, etc. So I had 1 very interesting drive back to them today. The car was intermittently switching between limp mode and no power steering, then to no lights, flat battery and completely neutral with D4 flashing. Eventually got it there and told them my "kind" thoughts on the matter and now I am waiting on their verdict...
Problem is, can they fail the MOT on sound being too loud? Its not as loud as some of the scoobies and pugs I have seen with their huge backboxes, but it is loud enough to set off sensitive alarms in underground parking
Also when they do a MOT retest, can the car fail on things they didnt pick up the first time around? Cos now the exhaust hole is fixed and the outer fitting of the towbar is removed, but the car is loud and possibly the battery is damaged.