Originally Posted by niallmoran
I've been offered a 164 'leaf that i was tracking on ebay (this one)
for the selling price as the top bidder hadn't got in touch about it.....what do you reckon? A good second car?? A modern classic??? Or a pile of trouble and a money pit????
I have a Cloverleaf 24v and it's an awesome car. It took a while to get it nice. If it runs OK, but uses oil and the clutch still works OK, then it's definately worth a look. If you want it mint with everything working properly, then it will cost you money. My one doesn't use any oil between services, which I gather is a rarity.
I changed the clutch on mine (130k miles) about a month ago and to say it was a difficult job was an understatement - all because of access to one starter motor bolt. I now have a handy hint for that if anyone is changing a 164 3.0 24v clutch! I reckon you'd be looking at a minimum of £600 to get it changed at a garage or more for main dealer.
If the exhaust is blowing at the front section, this is also very expensive.
All in all, you will know if it's a good car when you see/drive it. And, if you want a cheap thrill, then go for it. When they are on form, I can't think of a car that can come close for that money and they eat Subaru Imprezas for breakfast!!
Let us know how you get on and good luck.
By the way, if you get it and don't want the spare centre console unit - please let me know as I could do with a spare. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org