firstly welcome to GTOUK and you’re in the right place to get advise on these cars as our forum has over 20 years of knowledge and experience in working on these cars!
the first thing i would do is read the club buyers guide - which can be found here:
when I was looking for a car i actually printed this off and took it with me when i went to view them. Also depending on where you are in the country a member may be local to you and be able to view the car with you etc…
finally do post up a link to the car for sale advert as it is possible the car is already a club car or has been in the past.
good luck in your search and if you do find your new pride and joy do sign up for full membership to the forum:
i looked at this as i have one…its a 97 not 98 …also no front fog lights …and not sure on heated seats and auto wipers . think a generic description.and i would think its up for the cambelt etc change…check out that full service history as it says ?
OK, here goes. I see a few issues on this car, some minor, some which raise questions. On the face of it, it seems like a good car for a fair price but;
it’s a UK car, with what looks like a UK front bumper (with the cut-out for the towing eye) BUT it is missing the headlight washer nozzles, so what happened there? Accident? Bumper replacement? Aesthetic choice? The washer bottle is still present you can see the fill cap near the bonnet latch, so is the button on the end of the indicator column. The front bumper has definitely been repainted as you can see there is overspray on the rubber seal where it meets the front of the bonnet - lazy repairer.
Wrong battery fitted, which looks lower than the correct battery so the terminals won’t catch the underside of the bonnet and be a fire risk, but it is the wrong battery and the cabling is routed wrong.
Replacement non-original exhaust tips are jubilee clipped on, the originals probably fell off due to corrosion of the mounting brackets.
Get underneath the car with a torch and inspect the length of the sills, in particular pay attention to the areas behind the front wheels and in front of the rear wheels. If it needs welding or shows signs of previous repair, be cautious as you might be following up on that in years to come depending on the quality of the job. If the seller allows, try lifting away the sides of the carpet in the footwells to see if there is evidence of repair.
Other than that, it looks like the interior is in good order and some age related bodywork dings, could be a good car if it has been looked after service wise and it goes through the gears.
Don’t ever buy one of these cars unless either the owner/driver or you can PROPERLY give the car full throttle in 2nd and 3rd gear once it has fully warmed up. You want a smooth, strong pull from 30mph to the top of 3rd gear that doesn’t show any hesitation or hiccups. Ensure you go through all gears up and downshifting to highlight synchro issues.
Where are you driving from/to? If you’re passing anywhere near me I’d be happy to make you a brew and give you some advice on the cars and run you around mine. Ah, sorry I see you said you’re in Scotland and the car is in Buckinghamshire - well if you plan on coming up/down the M1 then I’m not so far and maybe a halfway break for you!
Whereabouts in Bucks are you travelling to? I’m in Winslow, about 10 miles north of Aylesbury if you need any extra help…
It might be that you have already been and gone. I have been grandparenting for a few days, and only just opened this thread.
Now that you have got the car and introduced it I would suggest this thread has served its purpose of the newbie thread. I would recommend that you start a project thread in projects section of the forum. So as per club guidelines I’m closing this thread.