Smooth Fox Terriers
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: United Kingdom
Yes, the nose will put off many, despite the car being newer. However a very well maintained gtv v6 from 1999 will always command more than a not so well maintained equivalent from 2003. It is the history with these cars that holds the value, when you can easily spend more than the purchase price sorting out years of neglect. When buying mine, I wanted a pre-nose job car but the youngest I could find - ended up with an 02 plate that had been cherished. Even then, have spent close to a grand in twelve months on preventative maintenance and set to spend another couple to get to where I would like - so that will be the same as the purchase price in a couple of years.
Hoping that as well as the enjoyment of the car and doing the work on it this will turn out to be money invested rather than lost but there are no guarantees of that at all. Does seem like the v6's are now being bought by enthusiasts rather than just because they are cheap (to buy, not run!)
If you like the facelift styling, which is somewhat like Marmite, I say go for it - but don't be won over by age, rather than experience, much like other aspects of life....