Hope the experts can help me. I have two problems. One should be fairly trivial and I'll put it in a separate post, the other could be more serious.
Bit of history - I've had the Freelander 1.8 petrol (53 plate) for two years. Prior to buying it I found out about the HG failure issue and made sure that the one that I bought had been sorted. Got the receipts, talked to the mechanic, even had it checked out by a reputable mechanic at its next service, just to be sure. The HG work was done with 110k on it. I bought her with 123k on the clock. She now has 128k on her. Had a couple of drive train issues since I bought her, but nothing wrong in the engine compartment.
I recently had the clutch go. Big job, lots of replacements bit & bobs, not good for the bank balance. That's not the problem though. Since the replacement clutch et al, she's lost all her coolant twice. I took it back in to the garage after the first time as it was only a day or two after the clutch. The cam belt, water pump and 2 ? alternator belts were replaced. I drove her a short distance and she appeared to loose all her coolant again, so I topped back up with fresh clear water and overnight the water mixed with whatever was left in the system and I had coloured coolant back again. But no loss of fluid volume while the engine was cold.
I drive her again today (another two days down the line) and the expansion bottle overflowed. No sign of trouble on the temp gauge. It rose nicely to half-way and stopped there. I can't see any significant gunk on the dip stick. What the f*** is going on with the cooling system ? I can't afford to keep taking to the garage. Do I need to risk it and give her a good 50 mile run in, rather than the 5-10 mile testers that I've been doing ? Is this the beginning of the end ?
Any advice is truely welcome.