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OK girls, update time, because that's what this forum is for - useful, accurate information, not jokes, opinions, idle banter or calling-out idiots.
I sourced a s/h perfect condition manifold from Germany, which worked out at £45 delivered by courier, and very well packed and presented. The company was kind enough to accept my bid price with good grace, so I will certainly work with them again as necessary.
I ordered four o/e Elring exhaust gaskets from Fleabay for £22 delivered.
My obliging indy removed/replaced charging three hours labour. At least one stud broke in the process.
The car is going back in a couple of weeks to have the front lower control arms replaced (Febi Bilstein - thanks Dave for the headsup), two new front tyres and the necessary alignment. Also, the exhaust bracket will be permanently repaired.
I'm preparing a case against the local council for an illegally sized speed-bump and I intend to be tenacious in my pursuit of compensation.
Since MBUK quoted £742 for the part and labour at £210/hour, the outcome could have been much worse, both for me and the local council....