Oh well, Going in to work this morning and it appears the Avant dropped a valve. Nasty noises, seized (not turning over) engine and oil on the floor. Just to add to the joy, my one is off the road at the moment whilst I get around to the timing belts and ancillaries. The alternator belt went and as the belts were due in November on calendar time, I started the job in slow time. I have all the rollers, belts etc, but can't spare any time to progress it until later next week at the earliest. £45 taxi to work later and now a 2 day hire of a poxy 107. Really angry as we only fitted the engine into the Avant 40,000 miles/ 3 years ago after a zero hours overhaul from Vege Engines. Not too sure where we will go with this one, Mrs PaulF is more than a little fed up with it and we are looking toward binning the car. Which would be annoying after all the work we have done to it. Although at least it could be a spares donor for my saloon. I might have a look at engines first though.