yes- you've got to be ON IT, if you want 'em to last...
I had a W-reg 145 which also did 150000 miles before it died, shame as I was very fond of it. The electrical problems are well known, in the 145/146 community the relays/fuses close to the battery are known as the BBOB, Big Box of Bollox. This area gets constantly blasted with water when driving in the wet which obviously doesn't do the electrical connections much good, mine had to be repaired twice in my ownership.Liked my 146Ti I had for 4 years as a company car. Was one of the last ones on a W plate in amazon green, did 150k in it and the company sold it for a grand back in 05, was no trouble at all until the last month when the battery was changed, then the electrics went buserk, apparently disturbing the battery knocked a relay/fuse board behind that was heavily corroded.
So true but there are as many dodgy customers who try to get bodyshops to agree to unreasonable quotes, then complain when additional work is identified and use Social media to blame it all on the **** body shop.Bloomin ell, just read this thread and cant believe what you've gone through, got to say I take my hat off to you I would have blown several fuses and probably had a Police caution by now. The problem is that the classic car market has really taken off over the past number of years and now every Tom, Dick or Harry thinks they can open up restoration companies and fleece people with shoddy work . Keep your chin up and hope you get it sorted soon.