Any advice from savvy 145 owners?
The hunt for a decent, non-citrous and affordable 145QV continues ...
Came across a 1999 QV (pre-facelift) with 58k on the clock and a suspiciously low price. Log book records it has having had 4 owners since registered in April 99, the first being a company car for a small magazine (15months); the second being a private citizen (2 and 1/2 years); the third being a garage (6 months); the fourth being another Joe Soap (6 months), who seems to have bought it from the garage recorded as owner no. 3. Service history book is complete, though AR servicing was not provided: independent garages were used from day one. Beyond the service stamp (date and miles), there were no receipts for work, repairs etc. Gave it a good look over and took it for a drive and here's the low-down:
1) Needs at least two replacement tyres, though probably all four, and the rear discs were heavily scored, whilst the fronts seemed OK(ish). Brake operation in driving was not impressive, they felt heavy, a bit 'soggy' and slow. (==> Tyres, discs and pads alround?)
2) Bodywork was fine, a very minor scrape on lr wheelarch, and appeared straight, with no obviously bad joins.
3) E/Ws: Driver worked (slowly!) but passenger was super slow and sticking on close. (==> Silicone treatment or Motor?)
4) No record of timing belt change, so that (with variator?) would be necessary too, and urgent given 58k on the clock.
5) Clutch & Gears: Like driving a truck. No slipping, but super heavy clutch pedal and heavy clunky gear changes. (New Clutch? or Cable?)
6) Exhaust: Couldn't tell whilst on ground but to judge by inspectable bits of rear box seemed OK.
7) Engine Bay: Manky battery, no obvious oil leaks, but not exactly confidence inspiring. Couldn't see radiator condition.
8) FL bushes noise audible.
9) Click/crack noise on opening passenger door. (hinges, spring issue?)
10) No Master Key.
As they say, other than that it seemed fine! (didn't try out the wipers, or check the bootspace, though)
OK, heres the Q: Given this spec, this condition, and this (knowable) work schedule, what (if anything) would someone be willing to pay to acquire this? (I'll remain Mum on the issue of asking price until I here some guesstimates.)
How low would the price have to be before you'd dip into your pocket to give this specimen a new and more loving home?