I bought a GTV cheap with no MOT...
so far I have done..cambelt,variator,water pump,thermostat,full service,rear calipers ,pads and brake lines,new battery,chased down a power drain issue,cleaned throttle body and ICV,turned off airbag warning light,fixed faulty drivers seat catch (new bowden cable) re-attached tweeter to door card, refurbed leather seats (they look new!) changed wheels for 16'' teledials drom the pepperpots that were on it.
lower wishbones, rocker cover gasket, repaired fog lamps (they had melted the housing) painted calipers and added decals, repaired sunroof and then on the way to the MOT the steel brake lines failed , now have to make new ones..
if you didn't laugh you would cry..
but that is what to expect from an 18 year old car that has been sat since 2012, it only has 69k on the clock, the bodywork and interior are lovely, no rust to speak of, and she still owes me less than a set of OEM wisbones fitted on the GT, as I has some parts lyiing around, found a good used varioator for £40 and did all the other parts from ECP with a 30% discount code
(except wishbones which were from shop4parts) so finacially she owes me bugger all, but in time.. ''several hours''
my point is it's all the fun of the fair with old cars and you should expect some kinks in the road..she is half a second of the 0-60 of a giulietta 170, and a top speed of 130mph (5mph less than the giulietta 170), as the balance belts are gone maybe a touch more..and is far more engaging and interesting than the aformentioned at snip of the price!
do I expect trouble free? god no but I do expect fun in bundles and a fantastic sounding revvy little TS..
not your fault at all bud, his eyes were wide open and if he wanted reliable he could have bought a 04 plate civic 1.6 for the same price. no style charisa or driving enjoyment, but you pays your money and makes your choice!