Damn. Car was bought new in 2000 - since then, the only things that have needed replacing are the handbrake cable and a brake shoe on the rear-right wheel (replaced all obviously). But on Saturday, the unthinkable happened - the car finally started having real problems. Well, when I say real - the exhaust silencer blew, and a leak that had been going for a few days decided to get worse. 'twas a gearbox oil leak, thanks to a seal that had forgotten it's primary purpose in life. Replacing that, plus getting a new back box fitted (I didn't fancy the job, being under doctor's orders right now), cost £170. I reckon that must be the most expensive bill in the last ~six years..... Damn. Damn damn damn damn damn damn damn.