Welcome to the club David mash,
You've got it, it is a money pit but some how you got sucked in to do so. I hope it doesn't get to the point either the car or your fiance.
How is your car running? Do you need a timing chain replacement job yet. If you have to do this yourself and still have your fiance after then you are one hell of a guy or we may find your cold hands on the steering wheel of the 16v.
What other car out there that is compatible to the 16v any one know??? I can't thing of one even Mercedes too bad.