Peter here and continuing on from the Newbie section a decision now made that after 15 years my 92 Mk1 Twin Turbo, is up for sale.
I was first UK owner after its import in 2003 and it has been a joy to own with a few track days at Anglesey and Oulton thrown in along the way. Nothing too hairy though as I was not far off my pension when I bought it! Performance is somewhat up from my first car, a frogeye Sprite, bought in 1960. (I should have kept that!)
The car has passed its many MOT’s with just the usual discs, pads, rubber gaiters. tyres and an exhaust weld until recently when in anticipation of un-Sorning for the summer it was found requiring new seals on the rear steering rack and propshaft mount bearings. Both a fail now for new MoT regs but I believe would have passed last year. The rear steering gaiters have got fluid in but are not leaking. It is possible I believe, to do away with the rear steering with fixed links. The exhaust also needs a re-weld, and oh yes, three new tyres are required. The car is fully mobile and I drove it back from the test.
The odometer reading is 166k and these are kilometers not miles (103k). Proved by testing over a distance set by my daily driver. I have added 81k (50k miles) in my 15 years. Highish but engine pulls as strongly as it first did and gives no concern. There is ticking from a tappet when cold but quietens right down when warmed up. No coughing or wheezing or undue engine noises or oily puffs from the exhaust and turbos run also without any undue noise. There is a turbo timer fitted. I had a new cambelt/followers fitted when I first got her and same again 15k back. Downshift syncro into second not the best but gear goes in fine. Was like that when I bought it and has never troubled me.
The car has been garaged (photo) for its 15 years with me and on the floor beneath there has never been oil or fluid drips, ever.
The car has been Sorned each winter Oct through to April and never been out on salty roads. Bodywise and most importantly, underneath, there is no corrosion. Topside, the blacked painted areas, front and rear, could do with a redo and rear o/s quarter a recoat and one of the front foglights is discoloured inside. There is one very small ding but there isn’t any and never has been any panel damage.
The cloth interior is extremely clean and tidy although top of rear seats squab has some sun fade.
Electric seat movement, lumbar, hip hugger, all work fine as do windows, washers, wipers and mirrors although last part of aerial does not now fully retract. All the lighting, inside and out, headlamp tilt etc, all as should be.
Heater and panel indications all work perfectly and air con blows very cold.
The active aero works perfectly, front and rear, as do gas struts for bonnet and tailgate.
The suspension control is now stuck on Sport, a recent occurance and believe this could be wiring issue at top of struts (washer tubing might have caused a problem here} and cruise control has never worked but it might be that I can’t figure how to set it!
A new clutch and bearing was fitted at 137k and more recently the ECU was reconditioned, capacitors etc, by the ECU Doctor in Plymouth. There has been a recent new battery.
In my younger days I would have had a go at fettling the car up to scratch but now, being two years off eighty, what with creaky knees and all, I can hardly get into it let alone underneath! Climbing up into an SUV would now suit me better!
The car is completely standard as it left the factory, and unmolested, with no engine or other mods and rides on original wheels - which could do with a tidy. A Toad brand Thatcham approved alarm/immobiliser is fitted and has spare blipper.For someone, maybe a member with the knowledge, this could be a great car and good for many more enjoyable miles. This is an honest appraisal and the car will be found as described.
The original radio is available should purchaser not require the upgrade speakers and Alpine stereo with 6 CD autochanger to remain installed at £100 extra to the price of £2000.
Knowing it needs some work, but taking into account breaker values and other prices seen I feel this is a fair valuation for a car with a proven 15 year UK history that hasn’t been flipped around in Ebay. - If you would like to make email contact it’s [email protected] - Peter (full member) at Chester.