Hi Rushy, if you don't need the car to be "at all" practical, then a GTV V6 is a very nice addition. On a long journey you will want to be looking for a PH2 Lusso with 6 Speed Box, which will give you 30mpg or approx 450 miles out of its 70L tank. However, I have yet to get more 300 miles out of a tank, but then again it don't get out of 3rd gear much
Things to look out for:-
- FSH is a must with Dealer / Specialist Stamps and Invoices to confirm.
- Belts Change = Belt Kit, Tensioner, Iddlers x2, Water Pump, x6 Platinum Plugs (NGK), Rocker Gaskets done.
- Oil Cooler and Pipes
- Front Wishbones last for approx 20K so see when last done
- Rear Spring Pans / Dog Legs should have Poly Bushes
- Underbody normally ok, but surface rust can be an issue and costs about £120.00 to re-do (floor pan and sills)
- Airbag Warning Light = modify cable and / or seat belt pre-tensioners (about £40 each)
- MAF's normally replaced
- Decent Tyres in terms of Brand and remaining tread (check for uneven wear) could be alignment of suspension
- Replacement cost around £100.00 fitted per corner for the good stuff
- Make sure all 4 tyres are the same (or at least 2 and 2 at each axle set)
- If clutch is "Heavy" then its done - budget £600.00 for GTA spec replacement (or if it revs up, before pulling)
- Suspension should be firm and not bouncy! otherwise shocks and springs
- Calipers should have been over-hauled by now
- etc. etc.
Nice items to look out for:-
- GTA Clutch + Lighter Fly Wheel (would have new slave and all associated seals done)
- Q2 Differential
- Stainless Exhaust from CAT back
- 330mm Brake Conversion (rare, but you never know)
- Winter Pack with the additional lateral support seats with heater
- Sunroof (Emm debatable IMO) cuts interior head room and prone to going wrong
- 17" Alloys - standard on the 6 speed Lusso (16" looks like a castor, good for running winter tyres though)
- Aero Kit - standard on the 6 speed Lusso
- Full Cup Kit - optional fitment
Some other stuff I have just remembered:-
- Examples up to 1st March 2001 have cheaper Tax. I pay just over £200pa for 1999 model.
- I would also say go for a pre-2002 model as the later cars have the CF3 engine and that's x2 more CATS on the down pipe (that said, you should be able to lose them and just run it like it was a CF2 - GeffyB did this on his GTV)
- If doing low miles (less than 6K pa) then you might save a load of money by transferring to a Classic Policy - maybe??
If buying Rosso, make sure all the panels match colour wise. You may notice differences in the tone from the metal and the composite parts. Normally a deep machine polish with Megs cutting compound can sort out.
Main thing is good / consistent service history using good quality parts.
If it looks abused or is sitting on Wing Wang Nong tyres, then move on .... a looked after example will have a stack of history and be in line with the maintenance schedule.
Be prepared to lay on a Grand when you get it - put through the workshops for a thorough review, give it a full standard service regardless - all filters with engine oil, gearbox oil, brake bleed, PAS fluid change, so everything is fresh throughout.
Also, whatever you get for your GT - chances are you will plough all this money into a V6 with the cost of the car and what you want to do.
All the best