Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: United Kingdom
County: Perth and Kinross
Re: Need Gtv Confidence
First point of call is the buyers guide found in the technical forum for the gtv, it's first class and identifies all the points to look out for.
As mentioned previously try and get as recent a model as possible, I think the facelift version (phase 3) started late 2003 / early 2004. If you can't afford something that recent, don't let that put you off, there are plenty of good twins sparks out there.
Couple of things to watch out for
1) belts have been changed as per service requirement c.30k
2) condition of rear suspension bushes - a known weak point which if left unattended can cause expensive damage. Most peeps replace with 'powerflex' which are more robust.