Cream is completely right. The 2 litre has a different character to the 1.8. The 2 has more torque, and sound much more cammy. However, the 2 litre has a much less peaky nature and just sounds 'harder'. The 1.8 needs to be worked, and although it won't surprise with its outright pull like the 2.0 litre does, it will impress with the way it revs so high and for so long, that it still seems to get the job done. It is much more an incognito engine, as it never has obvious strong performance, but it still delivers the goods with less noise and just is so much more subtle yet still equally surprising.
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Drive sideways- life's too short not to
Slip-sliding my way through winter. On four wheels and two.
Well now I have changed the variator, along with belts, tensioner etc etc..... The car is much more quiet now so no need to change the valve tappers. As for the perforemance, the car pulls a bit better now from 3000rpm and up, but still no benefit in pulling it all the way to 7000rpm, it looses power starting on 5500rpm. After a hard ride, my catalytic converter was smelling a bit ( result of hot operating). Maybe it is clogged? Will check on that soon.....
Any way, thanks for all your advices and the wonderful belt/ variator changing guide on 155.com.