Hey guys, looks like all the basics checks out, clutch is very good, new air-flow meter installed, new cv-rubber boots, engine feels strong. maintenance and service history documented.
body looks good, no suspicious spray work except bonnet resprayed - done by owner to get rid of stone-chips.
she's done 149 000km and run on Mobil 1 0W40 oil.
New Falken tires and I negotiated the price.
I'l get a cambelt service done(3.5 years old) and do rest like gearbox oil, brake-fluid and anti-freeze if not done the last couple of years. is it easy to replace spark-plugs and air-filter ? where is the fuel filter situated ?
and what else should I check before I do the deal?
When I got mine, the gear shift was porridge like but everything else was fine.
If you're doing The timing belt then get water pump and plugs done at same time. Gadgets make sense at this point too.
If you're servicing it then oil change and oil filter are a must so you can be sure that main bits are done. Also check that the engine temp reaches 90 when idle after about 15 mins. If it temp stays low then consider the thermostat. When old they can stick open making it run rich.
When you drive it, take the engine to it the rev limiter and see if there any flat spots. If there are some at around 5000 revs then the maf maybe an issue or the air intake flexi pipe may have a split.
Brake discs & pads are very easy to replace however the V6 has Brembo 4 pots on the front and rust forms under the metal shims (youll know what Im talking about when you see them) which causes the shims to rise and restrict the movement of the pads. you may need to rebuild these to get them working properly. The rear brakes are the same design for both the TS and the V6. They are Single pot and much simpler than the fronts but youll need a piston winder.
The air filter is easy to replace if the airbox nuts havent rusted and seized otherwise youll need to remove the housing. Front bank of spark plugs very easy to get to. Rear bank is a royal pain and you might as well replace them when doing the cambelt. You should also plan on replacing the water pump at the same time, as Andy says.
The other thing that usually requires attention on these cars is the suspension. If shocks havent been replaced then they are overdue regardless of mileage. check the bushes- especially at the rear. Again if they havent been replaced chances are the rubber has perished and will need to be replaced before they damage the subframe. Most people replace them with powerflex bushes which will last the lifetime of the car. Check the rear bumpstops that should be at the top of the rear springs. These have often snapped off and will require replacing. Finally check the condition of the spring pans and make sure the drainage hole is clear and they havent rusted excessively.
Dont let the above put you off. I have done all the above and my DIY skills are pretty average. Youll find this forum to be great resource for help and advice if you get stuck.