Bloody hell, hoped I would never have needed to consult the forum on something like this.....
Sold my 57 plate S Max last week, top spec, 77k, FSH, new EGR etc etc. Three days later the fella phones me up and says the heating isn't working. He has spoken to his garage of choice and they suspect water pump or thermostat, taking it in on Tuesday. Now the receipt I gave him said "sold as seen" but I did say if he had a problem with it shortly after buying it I wouldn't just walk away, he seems a reasonable bloke (despite being a triathlete) and I like to think I am too. OK says I, keep me posted and we'll work something out.
So he texts on Tuesday and says diagnosis isn't good, could I speak to the garage and provides the number. I phone them up, speak to the main man who again seems a straight down the line sort of bloke, he says there is oil in the water, next to no coolant in it etc and it looks like it has been run dry and the head gasket might have popped. I checked the coolant when I cleaned it up to sell it and it was right between the lines, it had only been in another garage a few weeks earlier for the EGR and nothing was mentioned, I also never noticed the temp gauge go high. We had the bonnet up when he viewed it a week later but I didn't look and I assume neither did he as the coolant level must have been down by then. I had to ask him if he wanted me to pop the bonnet for a look, he didn't seem too bothered. He collected the car nine days after I had checked the coolant level and three days after viewing, I had been driving it daily in the interim. Not sure if the car has a low coolant level warning or not. I had noticed the car heating seemed to taking longer to warm up but didn't really think anything of it.
Garage ran a compression test today which confirmed no external leaks on the coolant level, upshot is a price for new head gasket, timing belt, water pump, thermostat, over 10 hours labour of £1300. If the head is warped another £1200 on top of that. So it seems that the head gasket was on it's way out when still mine but I wasn't aware and didn't mislead him, for his part he failed to check the car over properly or get a professional to do it for him.
So with all this in mind I spoke to him on the phone this evening, told him a good compromise leaves everyone unhappy and offered to pay 50%. He was thinking more along the lines that I pay £1000 and he pays the £300. We didn't even get onto the scenario of the head being warped but if he had taken me up on the 50% offer I would have applied it to that too. Anyway, he says he will check with the garage tomorrow of the cost of doing the work not strictly related to the head gasket (timing belt, not sure on water pump, stat etc?) and get back to me.
I am flat out at work and could really do without this right now but hey ho, it is what it is as they say. What says the forum, am I being reasonable? Sorry for rambling.