On Alfa number 15
AO Platinum Member
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: United Kingdom
Re: Buying a broken gtv?
If it has been running with valves and pistons touching then the pistons are likely to be damaged, and the big end shells will, almost certainly be damaged as well.
You may get lucky, but I would budget for a replacement engine in case.
The fact it doesn't have an MOT would worry me, if for arguements sake there was rear suspension issues it could cost hundreds to put right.
In good order a 1998 GTV T-spark is going to be worth between £1500 and £2000 IMO, so depending on how much it is to buy it may not be worth doing.
How many miles has it got, is there any service history, are all the keys present, etc, this will affect the projects viability.
It may have suffered a failed cambelt and it hasn't been repaired correctly. Now the owner is trying to get rid.
You will never be cool driving a Vauxhall.