I recently had a test drive of 2004 GT 1.9d with 86k miles I'm considering buying.
First off, it was great to drive
. Lovely responsive steering and plenty of torque from the engine.
I do have a few concerns and would like your opinion if I should go for it or not. One of my biggest gripes is the car is showing a bit of wear and tear. The previous owner was a GP so I assume he/she focused a bit more time on their patients rather than the car.
All the bodywork looks fine apart from a small dent on the bottom sill on the drivers side. There was obviously some equipment bolted onto the dash as there are 3 screws still in it which will need filling in. The top of the gear stick looks quite worn and the rear badge on the boot has completely worn. The leather interior, while it has no rips or tears, needs a serious hit of leather cleaner/conditioner. I found the clutch to be creaking and very heavy but I found a fix for this in another thread on the forum.
I am considering offering the seller a grand less than his asking price of £4965 as the car is by no means mint. Seller does seem quite genuine and has gone out of his way to answer any questions I have or get proof of work carried out on the car. It does have a FSH and both front upper wishbones were replaced last year. I am waiting confirmation timing belt was done too.
What do you think? Is it worth it? There are no other GT's in my price range at the moment to compare it to. Thanks for the advice.