remove plugs and fit new. they will come out even if cold. if they dont make any diffrence replace the ht leads as they fail. as it was run to empty i would change the fuel filter as it most prob needs doing. its located under the car near the rear nearsid wheel. it looks like a soft drinks can
if you have something in mind to change it to then go for it. good price for the age i recon but dont change for the sake of change but as you said it's starting to get the odd rattle and it only gets worse.
sounds like a split hose. one the engine is warm put a pair of gloves on and squeez all the coolant hoses to find the ones thats failed and replace or cut down as the leak maybe on the clamping point and also check the expansion bottle and the bottle cap.
well done m8 the red ka was most prob a overpriced duffer. glad you got a better example and yes in the summer give it a real good going over with rust proofer especially around filler cap & seals and the bottom of the doors go aswell. put up some pics when you get it m8 .....happy motoring
before you make an offer take someone with you with some knowledge of mechanics and take it for a proper test drive over speed bumps . dual carrage way etc. it does sound like you intend on buying it so get it checked over properly.
i would make a letter out stating that you refuse the car back & want a full refund. dont forget to make a copy for yourself.
you need to talk to the manager not a sales person & bluntly refuse the car & hand the letter ove stating all the faults & the date they had the car to sort it & the date it was returned to you etc. make it clear & straight to the point and stand your ground & take a friend or someone that know how to deal with
with this matter. if they wont accept it contact trading standards & if your in the aa/rac contact them as they maybe able to help you. if that fails contact the manufacturers http://www.ford.co.uk/Footer/ContactUs
i did say that the sales guy would be on his day off. they are so predictable.
phone them and ask for the manager that runs the place not the sales manager he is just a puppet.
i would go down & make myself seen and make it clear i was not happy & see the manager. can you tell us the dealer please so we know to keep well clear of them
from memory its to access the fuel pump thats in the petrol tank. if you take the reg to your local fords and explane what you want they should have one or get one . i think its a metal plate thats scred on with a rubber large rubber gromet in the middle. i think they use the same on the ford fiestas of that age.
from past experience once the salesman has sold the car he is not interested anymore. you most prob find it's his day off when you call.
keep all paperwork & emails but best to give it over in writing & get them to sign it and get a full report on the car. sounds like you got a friday car.
once it's sorted presuming they do sort it take someone with you and makesure it's to your satisfaction and check they have replaced all parts that they remove & have not damaged anything especially if they goto do anything with the rattle in the dash as thigs dont seem to fit back as they do in the factory
keep us posted on the outcome with the dealer/service dpt. i personally would refuse the car back due to part 1 of your list as i would never feel safe. when you drop it off ask for a car to use whist they sort your one out or phone the salesman to arrange a car for you for when you take your one back
i would hand it back and get money back of a diffrent car. the smell maybe the clutch if its an eggy smell. the gear box maybe a duff one. as the goy to let you drive the same model to see what that's like as i bet the gear change will be much better.
all the problems your having with a brand new car is not normal !!