I checked the car out today.
It was advertised last year for 7500 and was reported to be in a poor state back then. No improvement so, as it's still in a very sorry state. It's a crying shame that such a stunning car, in probably its best colour, has been starved of affection for most of its life (the beautiful intake manifolds have probably never been wiped).
I figured it was worth a look given that it had a 'fresh NCT', as promised in the ad.
I should have known better with Irish dealers though. As usual, it merely means that they will guarantee to put it through once it's bought; if there are serious hidden problems uncovered in the NCT, the car could potentially be off the road for weeks. At least with a fresh NCT report in your hand you can have some confidence in the state of the suspension/brakes/emissions, and rule out major leaks.
I didn't bother driving it, so can only comment on obvious issues.
From a distance, the colour is stunning.
On closer inspection, there's a dent in the rear passenger door.
The bonnet looks to be discoloured and there is a stain on it (might come off with an abrasive polish).
There is bad scuffing on the underside of the front bumper which would need to be resprayed (can be partially seen in one of the pictures).
Ideally, the car would need a full respray as it's a difficult colour to match.
There were a few invoices for minor work done over the years, but none for the (alleged) cambelt service; there is (handwritten) mention of a cambelt service in the service book, but no mention of what parts were renewed (the water pump likely wasn't replaced).
The clutch will need to be replaced. All the gears select ok, but that was with the car stationary.
Although I didn't drive the car, I suspect (from browsing the few invoices) that the suspension will need an overhaul.
The engine sounded fine on tick over and with light revving. No warning lights. I didn't wait for the fans to kick in, but the temp was rising at a steady rate.
There was a small amount of fluid on top of the gearbox (and some oil spillage around the filler cap).
The tyres (Pirelli's) have plenty of tread left.
All the alloys will need to be refurbished.
Backbox has some life left in it.
The windscreen is cracked and will need to be replaced.
The interior isn't too bad up front. The driver seat bolster isn't badly scuffed, but there is a lot of wear on the back seats.
The steering wheel trim is very badly worn, bizarre for such low mileage (the few invoices present suggest the mileage is genuine).
Will need pads and discs all around. The calipers would benefit from a refurb (305mm setup).
The second key wouldn't start the car for some reason.
In conclusion, if they repaired the dent, replaced pads and discs, replaced windscreen, sorted 2nd key, retrimmed steering wheel, and put it through the NCT, it could be decent value at 5000 for someone.
That would leave some room for cambelt/w. pump, clutch, Q2, respray and any worn suspension bits.
Personally, I wouldn't buy it for any amount of money as it has obviously been abused and unloved.
Last edited by bmoferrall; 22-02-11 at 15:49.