Thanks for the tips Amoore, alfatwice.
There seems to be a pattern emerging here... I have decided to take my time and have a look around. There is a good German website for selling cars here (www.mobile.de
) and a GTV has just come on in Dresden (I'm sure you've heard of it) so I think I'll go and take a look.
The GTV in Leipzig is of questionable quality and I was concerned by the dubious information the dealer was giving me. It was this guy who told me the GTV has 2 cam belts!
The price also seemed a little steep; €6900 down to 6400 that's 4700 - 4400pounds, for 2,0l 1996 with 84000km.
I'll list the problems and let me know what you think:
Left rear bearings on their way out.
Front brake lines and discs need replacing.
60 hail storm dents
uneven idle (stuttering)
recent cam belt problem
passenger door didnt open from inside (which doesnt matter much as i would always open the door for a lady! ;o))
Stereo display not working
What do you think? too many minus points for 4400pounds?
Taking time to consider all the points people have made, I have decided to follow my gut feeling on this one.
I am constantly amazed by how helpful and informative these faceless forum users are. This website is very good indeed and has helped immensely.
But please keep the tips coming
, I haven't given up hope that there is a car out there which is perfect for me.