So how good are they?
I'm soon to collect a P reg 145 in a couple of weeks.
What should I look out for. It has full service history and looks a peach.
They're mighty quick.........small fizzy car that handles like a go-kart.
What should you look for, apart from the obvious (cambelt/master key, etc)?
Radiator will no doubt have been replaced, so check carefully for condition of replacement - if indeed replaced.
Exhaust is one-piece cat back and is in the region of £300 to replace, again check carefully.
The T-Spark engine's notorious uneven tick-over can be costly to diagnose/fix
Fuses/wiring in the black box (I'm sure you know the one) will no doubt have seen better days
Rear wiper motors seize with alarming regularity
Heater cables stick/slip
Sunroof/drainage chanels block easily, check in footwells and around scuttle panel
Thermostats prone to sticking (open!)
Excessive wear to inner edges of front tyres - check wisbones
Rear bearing wears quickly
If it's red, there will no doubt be pink bits by now
That's all that immediately springs to mind an other than that, the usual wear and tear that applies to all "older" cars.
Can we have some pics when you get her?