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Has any one had any experience owning one of these 2 litre turbo cars?
if so what is the reliablity like the running costs and are they as much fun as i keep reading about?
 

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Has any one had any experience owning one of these 2 litre turbo cars?
if so what is the reliablity like the running costs and are they as much fun as i keep reading about?
I've never owned one but I understand they take an awful lot of specialist maintenance to keep on the road.

On the other hand I wouldn't really want to put someone off buying one; they look fantastic and by all accounts are a superb drive.

Original lhd versions are best, the rhd conversions are compromised and as usual just go into it with your eyes open, do your research, know exactly what you're looking for and buy the best one you can. Good luck. :thumbs:
 

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Contrary to what you might have heard, they are not prohibitively expensive to keep maintained provided you don't buy a dog!
I owned a 1992 Evo1 for five years and 26000m, including track days and many trips abroad, with no issues other than servicing.
The only time it let me down was due to the Laserline alarm/immobiliser packing up.:(

So buy the best you can and enjoy it!

P.S. Sold it last April and thought I would miss it, but don't:confused:
 

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I see you are in Durham, one of the best garages in England for them (if not THE best) is in nearby Northallerton, Walkers.
 
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The trouble is you do get lots of 'experts' on various forums making 2nd or 3rd hand statements. They are not unreliable and they do not needs lots of maintenance.
The problem was that in the early 1990's dealers were either rubbish or scared to touch them. Nowadays its not uncommon to have multivalve twincams and lots of belts to change. It's essentially the same engine as the Fiat Coupe 16v turbo - nothing complicated there then.
The main problems with there cars relate to accident damage and as ever poor maintenance. Don't forget that these were made out of pure 100% non-galvanised steel and that most are now between 15 and 20 years old.
Mine was great - one of the best cars I've ever owned but that was over 10 years ago. As an everyday car it's not my choice but as a 2nd for fun it would still make the list.
 

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The trouble is you do get lots of 'experts' on various forums making 2nd or 3rd hand statements. They are not unreliable and they do not needs lots of maintenance.
The problem was that in the early 1990's dealers were either rubbish or scared to touch them. Nowadays its not uncommon to have multivalve twincams and lots of belts to change. It's essentially the same engine as the Fiat Coupe 16v turbo - nothing complicated there then.
The main problems with there cars relate to accident damage and as ever poor maintenance. Don't forget that these were made out of pure 100% non-galvanised steel and that most are now between 15 and 20 years old.
Mine was great - one of the best cars I've ever owned but that was over 10 years ago. As an everyday car it's not my choice but as a 2nd for fun it would still make the list.
Couldn't agree more. I think the reason I don't miss my old one is the fact that they feel very old to drive even compared to my Themas.
 

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well i like to have some thing different and i want it to be fun and fast. So i was thinking about getting either a alfa brera, abrath 500 and of course the lancia. But if this car is best used for a second car i might end up giving it a miss, i really like them but i will have to live with it everyday so thats why im undecided
 

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Contrary to what you might have heard, they are not prohibitively expensive to keep maintained provided you don't buy a dog!
I owned a 1992 Evo1 for five years and 26000m, including track days and many trips abroad, with no issues other than servicing.
The only time it let me down was due to the Laserline alarm/immobiliser packing up.:(

So buy the best you can and enjoy it!

P.S. Sold it last April and thought I would miss it, but don't:confused:

My guess is that you will start to miss it in a couple of years time. Thats the trouble with cars, only when you can look back a few years can you sort the good 'uns from the wrong 'uns.
 

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Have to say that I've never owned one of these but always would have loved one, just never brave enough I guess!

My lasting memory of these cars was that a guy at the top of my street had a brand new 'F' Reg one (Rosso Red, what else) which he bought brand new, ran it for a year and then it sat in his driveway for about 2 years never moving. My theory back then was that the insurance had rocketed (it was the early 90's) and he couldn't afford to insure it but who knows! I used to walk past the car every day going to school and it pained me that it wasn't driven.

If you fancy one, go for it and enjoy. My experiences over the last couple of years have taught me that life is too short. What's the worst that can happen?
 
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I miss mine a lot. I imported it from the Netherlands in 2001 and sold it in 2003. It had a whining diff but I was told it wasn't a problem, and for the 2 years ownership it was utterly reliable.

There are some specialists about but I think when I owned mine the general rule was to expect to pay between £1500-£2000 a year to keep it in tip top condition. Main things being they wear suspension bushes (hmmm why did I get the GTA, LOL) and need the belts changed early.

Despite the age, I would still recommend buying one even if only for a few months. It really is a piece of kit.
 

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Has any one had any experience owning one of these 2 litre turbo cars?
if so what is the reliablity like the running costs and are they as much fun as i keep reading about?

I have an 8v grale, can honestly say i dont regret a single moment with her, even after the problems with her. If you can handle a spanner, they are not that hard to work on, just no space in there. Im no mechanic, but over the winter, completed a bottom end rebuild and now working on the body. Im no grale expert, far from it, but the one piece of advice you can always hear is get the best one you can afford, which is true, unless you are good with the spanners and have lots of spare time (and money).
Driving the left hookers is not that hard to get used to, and admiring glances are pretty much an everyday event.

Next spring, my 8v should be back to a fairly good standard for a eighteen year old, engine & gearbox rebuild & new coat of paint and i should be within my budget of 3K which includes the car (i opted for buying a tired example as i could not afford a good one)

They are something special, great fun and yes, take a gamble and get one :thumbs::thumbs:
 
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