There's been a fair bit of rumour-mongering in Australia over the past year or so that the Stinger will replace the Falcon/Commodore as first-choice for police cruisers for the various forces around the country; I'm not sure where that's progressed recently (there were also suggestions that 5 series BMWs might become first choice as well), but everything I've seen about the Stinger so far (including the pics above) are pretty impressive.
General question for you guys. As some of you may remember (I posted a few pics a while back in the Car Photos thread), I own a hunk of junk 2012 Peugeot 208 that has quite literally become a meme of a vehicle, and has served as non-stop cannon fodder for all my car guy friends who give me sh*t, and absolutely no sympathy whatsoever, for the problems I've been suffering. In the past 6 months alone, this is a list of things that have gone haywire and have required replacement/generic issues:
- Front brakes (not too disastrous)
- Random cylinder misfiring at the most inopportune times (such as peak-hour traffic, or whilst turning onto a freeway on-ramp)... Also went away mysteriously two months after it began
- Spark plugs and coil pack completely carking themselves 6 months after being replaced at a scheduled service
- Clogged up air filter
- Crankshaft and camshaft sensors (thank God my bloody timing chain didn't need replacement...)
- Thermostat housing block
My latest issue is that coolant seems to be completely draining itself from somewhere in the engine. And when I mean draining, I don't mean a slight trickle; I'm talking Niagara Falls after a hurricane. I got the car up onto a jack last week and we tried to see where exactly the leak was coming from, and it seems to be draining straight from the water pump. We put some of that anti-coolant leak sludge through the radiator intake to see if it would work; it stopped the leaking whilst the car was off, and after driving up and down the street for 3 or so minutes, it seemed to be working, but after we parked the car again, the leak started to cascade... Until we turned the engine off, when the leak stopped again.
The question I have is, given the symptoms, is it most likely definitely going to be a bust-up with the water pump? Could it be an issue with a hose? Another part of the radiator/cooling system? I'm on the verge of selling the car, but I refuse to sell the car for scrap parts, because I know that, if driveable, the car could command $7 or $8k (a dealer offered me $1.5k with the current water pump issue, told him to eat a lemon), and replacing the water pump itself is not too much of a hassle (luckily it's easy to access). I just don't want to waste the time, effort and cash on replacing it, only to completely misdiagnose the issue altogether. I've searched a bit around Google, but there don't seem to be specific examples of 208s which have broken water pumps online from what I've found. And the symptoms I know of a broken water pump can also apply to some other things going wrong too (stuffed head gaskets maybe?)
My problems have frustrated me to the point where I almost wish someone would crash the thing in the middle of the night so I can get an insurance payout, I do not want it any more. But obviously I want to get it into the most driveable condition possible for a trade-in, and given the amount of money I've already forked out to mechanics over the past 6 months, my level of trust in their diagnosis has started to wear pretty thin lol. Any advice/guidance appreciated!