Good call on the diagnostics, its always worth having as they are fantastic to have, I cant even think how much money mine has saved me over the course of its ownership, and for that matter, how much its saved other people I have helped with it!
the cars error code b1602 which is the signal from the key to the ignition. would this cause the clicking on startup or is this something different, when the car starts it sounds like a diesel?
Not entirely sure where this clicking is coming from, if its interior passenger footwell, it would suggest the battery is likely to need replacing soon.
when i enquired about
the clicking he said its the bearings in the starter motor so it could
do with a new one, the passenger door sticks he said so ok i paid 1400
for it with 78,000 on clock and it was me and my wifes ideal car as we
have two small children so i gave him the benefit of the doubt.
Could be the starter bearings, might be handy if you can shoot a video showing the noise and upload it so that we can advise it? You seem to have got a good deal though, in fact, one might think too good a deal?
£1400 for a relatively low miler of its age. Similarly to you, I bought it before the mondeo I have now for that very reason, it is an excellent family car, the wife and kids loved it, the boot space was fantastic
and it really was an excellent motor, its a shame I bought one with a dodgy gearbox!
I let a mechanic look round it as it was in for a service who told me the extent of what was wrong. He said that it was the instrument cluster and i was looking at a £550 bill. so i rang the dealer who constantly said its the starter motor and the car is in "A1 condition" i asked for my money back he pretty much told me to F**k Off.
Instrument cluster for a new one is £550, but to be honest, they can be repaired for £80 or you could do it yourself if your handy with a soldering iron. You should write to your dealer and advise them of ALL issues on the car, you have a 6 month guarantee with the car (warranty if you will) that means that if there is a problem, they have an expectation on the sale of goods act to fix it. Report the issues with the instrument cluster and advise that an independent opinion advises that it is faulty.
Your two options at this point are to send the cluster off for repair (around £80) if its fixable, if its in good health, its returned for a nominal fee (around £30 I think?) so you know either way you get it sorted. Alternatively, you can take the vehicle for further independent examination, and get a report from them to advise what the issue is, if you have to pay for this and they all advise the same thing, then you can provide this to the dealer and get it repaired under SOG act and get a refund for the reports you had to buy. Either way, you have every right to ask for your money back if the vehicle is not fit for purpose, unfortunately I dont know whether a noise would be deemed sufficient reason which is probably why he gave you two fingers.