57 reg Zafira LIfe 1.6, good runner, suddenly develops loud grating AC compressor noise. Told by two different garages a new compressor is needed, to the tune of £500 or so, all in. I can't afford that. For someone on the state pension like me, that's like half the cost of a replacement jalopy. I don't need AC. Is there any way out of this problem? It's a crying shame - she runs beautifully. I live in a village where I need a car. The buses are useless. I have grandkids to cart around. I am going crazy over worry about this. I know bad AC can throw out its belt, and in consequence the alternator and the power steering. So should I be driving it at all?