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Multipla 110 ELX JTD, workhorse, rusted brake cable yolk bracket, no MOT Item ID: 36294

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Registered: May 2012
Location: Lewisham, SE London
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Type MPV   Number of Seats 6
Doors 2   MOT Expiry Date 3/4/21
Colour Maroon and black   Number of Previous Owners 5
Model Year 2001   Engine Size (cc) 1910
Date of 1st Registration 01 09 2001   Mileage 217560
Transmission Manual   Right-hand drive/Left-hand drive Right-hand drive
Fuel Diesel   Safety Features Alarm, Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS), Driver Airbag, Passenger Airbag, Rear seat belts
Power (BHP) 110   Interior/Comfort Options Air Conditioning, Power Windows, Power-assisted Steering (PAS), Sunroof
Interior Cloth   In-Car Entertainment Options AM/FM Stereo, CD Multichanger, CD Player, Line-in Input, MP3 Capability, USB Input

Reluctantly selling off my 2001 Multipla ELX JTD after four years and 10k miles of service as a workhorse clearing my parental home, booze cruises and transferring large items like sofas, larder fridges, range cookers or bicycles. The MOT was due today but handbrake yolk bracket rusted away and snapped the other day so economically for me not worth repairing as ULEZ kicks in anyway in my area of Lewisham in October when the tax runs out.

This two tone (main Colour Code is 124B Rosso Barocco Mica, black bonnet) axolotyl (I used to keep one at Uni) runs fine, 40mpg mixed use as I treat it gently. Lots of things good about it: double sunroof; 5 removable chairs for big items or bulky loads; great headroom; good stereo (Sony CFC-gt540UI with detached Blaupunkt 10CD Changer for that extra retro feel), heaters and fans).

Unfortunately lots of niggling things: usual/infamous interior coated plastic finish has decomposed; flappy (disconnected as were erratic) wing mirrors; main courtesy lights not working; ems warning light trips when pushing uphill on motorways (so limited to 3200 revs/70mph until reset with OBDII scan tool but cannot identify fault); middle front seat belt seized, n/s front fog lamp housing broken (see previous post on replacing bulbs!); buckled front 17inch alloys so slow leak if parked; nipped low profile tyres in general as never invested in a new set; broken plastic interior trims as used heavily; dented front bonnet (from before I bought it). The handbrake mechanism collapsing is the last straw so this could be a project for an ugly bug devotee with time, energy and space, or just useful for spares or even a demolition derby entry.
In March 2019 a new horn unit was installed but failed since.
In June 2018 a new clutch kit, flywheel and input shaft oil seal were fitted but I'm still having clutch/gear problems in queues despite that 828 spend.
I have a service and repairs history from 2017 but none beforehand from Gonnella Brothers (Fiat and Alfa Specialists in Catford) whose boss bought it fully loaded from new and kept it in the family since till I bought it (he's on his fourth Multipla now!).
I've got to be honest about its condition as I might buy a newer model (less pretty though) because they are so useful and stay on the wonderful forum! I even built a 12mm plywood blow up mattress base to cover the whole of the rear seats plus boxes for overnight camping trips!
Technically I can only drive it to Gonnella Bros' MOT centre with a booking as it has expired and also driving without a handbrake is illegal, so any interested buyer would need to bear that in mind. I might just take it to GB on Tuesday to see if they can take it back for spares for other clients and they may look kindly on future bills for the Panda works.
Price negotiable obviously! I'd hate to see it scrapped and I cannot wait till October now and I am not eligible for a scrappage deal anyway.
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