now a diesel head..
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Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: United Kingdom
only the usual stuff...Rust can be an issue on the floorpan with these, and make sure upper and lower wishbones have been done or budget for them.
cambelt is every 72k,most would advise doing it a little earlier, water pump at the same time,also listen for exhaust blowing, it's normally the flexi pipe,GT's 156's and 147's all share that particular weakness..
clutch done,dmf done so all good by the sounds of it...
my 75k GT needed it in the first 3 months of purchase, it's an 08 with FSH and felt fine on the test drive so you never can tell..I have also replaced the front upper and lower wishbones, again fine on the test drive, it appeared 3 months in, someone had used aftermarket replacements that were made of cheese.
we are obsessed with mileage in this country, 170k wouldn't bother me if the history is good and the expensive bits have been done..these engines are good for 400k as proven on a number of saab 93's with the fiat lump in them, its the ancillaries that will be a potential problem at that mileage,but if they have all been done at some point, other than the possible rust and value you are in the same position as buying a car at 100k in terms of risk.
just go in with your eyes open and be aware that something will need doing in the first year,buying a used car is always a risk at whatever mileage, as no matter what the book says your really in the dark in terms of what has happened with the vehicle up until your ownership.
when you buy a car with that mileage on you can forget re-sell value, you are buying cheap (I hope) and getting a lot of car for the money, you can't have it all!
the other option is to spend more on a lower mileage example but that is no guarantee of trouble free motoring as I have found out.
if I were to purchase again I would probably find a rust free example of whatever car, OVER 100k to pay less on the purchase, at that mileage almost all of the work mentioned will have been done or the car would not have passed its MOT's..