I took it for a test drive
Wow, what a car that is!
It has buckets of power (I had some fun overtaking some people
) and masses of torque steer, I had to learn to control it pretty quickly!
I found the exhaust to be a bit boomy at around 3,000 rpm but I just shifted up a gear and used that torque to drive it between 2,000 and 3,000 rpm - I actually found myself driving it slower than the TS but perhaps that's because I didn't know the car too well and also had a passenger.
Compared to my bargain basement Gtv, it felt very solid and handled a bit better I thought but I didn't chuck it around like I would with mine. I think the tyres were Toyos.
The clutch pedal operated quite high but the gearchange was good.
Other than perhaps a suspect noise, which could have been the steering pump, that I may have heard at one point when turning right, no squeaks or rattles were evident. When I tried to listen for the noise at a roundabout, it did not replicate itself obviously. Equally, it could have just been my imagination.
The brake pedal was a bit wooden, I wasn't that impressed with the brakes, however there was considerably less travel than on my TS and it might be that the car has been sitting there for a while.
Niggles / issues
There is at least one Monroe shock on the rear - I assume they are a pair, I didn't look too closely
The driver's side rear wishbone has been painted / replaced but the nearside one hasn't. There's a bit of rust on the springpans and on the rear suspension generally.
There is no brown master key
The vendor had a bit of trouble opening the passenger's door, that might need some attention.
The aerial is permanently up and the stereo is a replacement but it would appear to still have the crap speakers in it.
Air conditioning comes on automatically
I didn't look at the engine, I feel like a bit of a doofus for not doing that.
I didn't buy it
but if I had the money I definitely would and I would say that you definitely should
It took quite a long time for me to adjust back to my TS with it's sluggish engine and absence of torque
I assume you are the keen person from Liverpool that he mentioned
If you want a chat about it, then PM me your number and I will give you a call.