Re: Anyone have experience with a 33 P4
Had a P4 for the last decade.
They are harsh to drive, but fun on back roads. Handle well.
The 4wd system is pretty reliable (never had any problems with that on mine). There is a sensor on the back of the gearbox that goes occasionally. There are 2 brake switches which need to be synchronised and if they aren't it triggers an error.
Biggest issue is the viscous coupling mounts. The viscous coupling is reliable, but the rubber mounts for it get a lot of abuse and wear out. And they are no longer available (and haven't been for a few years). And if they get really bad they will tear the viscous coupling mounts out of the floor.
Not sure the rear gearbox mount is available either (and is different to the 2wd cars).
Petrol tanks also seem more prone to corrosion than the 2wd cars (the petrol tank on the P4 sits just in front of the rear bumper). Again these are no longer available new, and are rare second hand.
You will find when you corner at low speed there is a fair amount of judder from the viscous coupling bouncing round on its mounts.
Seats seem pretty hard wearing, but the youngest P4 in the UK will be 16 years old so expect wear.
Steering rack is a normal late 33 rack. Which means pretty reliable but split gaitors mean a complete strip, and the powered rack is a pig to get out.
Silliest bit of design is that they have a spare wheel well for a decent size wheel, then put in a space saver and a spacer to use up the extra space.
Clutch life is shorter than that of the 2wd cars.
Beyond that standard 16V 33 stuff. Cranks can crack if thrashed. Belts and tensioners need changing occasionally. 2nd gear synchro is not the toughest around.
All the best