Thanks for the warm welcome folks, well I went to look at another gtv today, a 230 mile round trip and a total waste of time
phoned the seller 1st thing to let him know i was on my way as agreed for a viewing on today...no answer...oh well what the hell it's early I'll carry on, 115 miles later I phoned again...
me: hello it's darren calling about the gtv did you get my message?
Seller: errm...no i havent got any messages yet, I'm 20 miles away from the car but my mechanic has the keys and will show you around it, my valeter let me down so it's not been fully prep'd yet..etc..etc so take it with a pinch of salt..
me: yep ok i understand
arrived to find that the coil packs had been removed so that the engine could be steam cleaned
the mechanic refitted and she started nicely with no rattles and the car looked in good shape all round except for some long light scratches so i thought ok it's not so bad.
so after letting it run for a bit I asked for a test drive..
50 yards out i thought this GO pedal is a bit stiff...hmm press a little harder.... pressed harder and off she went and went and went and went.... the bloody throttle cable had such a bad kink somewhere that it was sticking, coasted along in 1st with foot on the brake, dare'nt let it idle as it would have been at 5000rpm, dipped clutch and quickly switched off.
managed to turn the car around with a medley of, switch on.. move, switch off, switch on..move, switch off.
coasted back the 250 yards or so in first with foot on the brake, the brakes were VERY SCARILY BAD, it was almost like when you're being towed in a servo assisted car without the engine running the pedal kept getting firmer and firmer and the brakes got worse. (ABS???)
Also all of the door warning lights stayed lit on the dash??
Told the mechanic what was wrong, said thanks and goodbye, what a let down..very very dissapointed
So now I have another lined up for saturday... I've quizzed the seller and it all sounds good....i blimmin hope so after today's farce, the driver's seat of a Lusso GTV is a nice place to be and I'm really looking forward to getting there....keep 'em crossed for me on saturday gents