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Old 12-12-13, 08:34 AM   #1
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Default 806 Roland Garros: things to look out for when buying

I am tomorrow off to look at an 806 hdi (90) Roland Garros.
Just wondering what to look out for? Potential engine problems etc. Any advice much appreciated thanks.
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Correction its a 1.9td. Is that a chain or cam belt does anybody know?
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I think its a belt but without engine code its a guess, someone like reliable406 will hopefully be along soon and i bet he knows
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Off to see it on saturday now. Its an (old!) S reg 806 1.9td Roland Garros. 123,000 miles, no tax and only mot'd until feb. Seller tells me its in excellent condition bodily with no scratches/dings whatsoever. Says it is also mechanically great. Only 2 minor probs:
1. You can't open one of the sliding rear doors from outside (works fine from inside though) so it sounds like doorcard off to se whats going on.
2. The digital aircon doesn't work. Says heater and fan work fine, but the aircon has been 'bypassed' (whatever that means) and it can be sorted with a 30 scrapyard part. Will quiz him more on this when I see the car.

He's asking 650 which seems like a bargain to me if its as good as he says.
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It's a belt, thank God.
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Off to see it on saturday now. Its an (old!) S reg 806 1.9td Roland Garros. 123,000 miles, no tax and only mot'd until feb. Seller tells me its in excellent condition bodily with no scratches/dings whatsoever. Says it is also mechanically great. Only 2 minor probs:
1. You can't open one of the sliding rear doors from outside (works fine from inside though) so it sounds like doorcard off to se whats going on.
2. The digital aircon doesn't work. Says heater and fan work fine, but the aircon has been 'bypassed' (whatever that means) and it can be sorted with a 30 scrapyard part. Will quiz him more on this when I see the car.

He's asking 650 which seems like a bargain to me if its as good as he says.
Yep doors off to see whats wrong with the locking mechanism probably just a broken clip or something. The main thing that would worry me is that why would you bypass something like the air con for the sake of a 30 part from a scrappy??? Surely what he's saying there is " Hi would you like to buy my car that now looks nice as i've just washed it, I know you will discover that the AC is faulty so ill tell you some story about it being a cheap fix in the hope you wont notice that I have neglected to maintain my car properly and its about to become a money pit so I want to offload it on some gullible person ( Evil Laugh ) hahahahah! " Far from trying to be negative it may actually be a lovely motor that will give you years of enjoyment, I mean i always buy cars that have a few issues as i actually enjoy getting out the spanners of a weekend and rectifying issues as a hobby, what im trying to say is go look but listen to your head as well as your heart so that you don't end up with a lemon
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I know nothing about these vehicles, I almost bought one once but thought it was too van like and wanted something smaller.
However with regard to the airconn.
Do you really need it? if the heater works fine i.e. keeps to the constant temp then normally opening a window will be OK on a hot day in the UK. Even if it is very hot it could be used for jsut a few days a year.
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Tis like Muppets who say "aircon doesn't work but only needs a regas." Really? Why haven't you done it already then?

I quite like these cars. They don't drive too bad, and the interior is very versatile with the rotating front seats. Make for a nice family day to the seaside car.
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Older engine is actually much better reliability wise than the hdi it is a belt and is easy to do.

Door not opening could just be the outer handle if they get pulled to hard they pop out the rocker that links to the rod inside it just needs popped back in. no need to even remove door panel 2 screws in front edge of door and out it pops.

Aircon why bother
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806's and Synergies are great buys but for the cable clutch which if you are a sad old git like me makes for a sore knee after driving into central London and back. 807's are improved in almost every way but especially the hydraulic clutch which is much less effort
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