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Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2002 20:11:55 +0100
From: "John W" <>
Subject: Re: 1984 900 Turbo? (UK)

DON'T BUY IT!!! ---- I WANT IT :-( If you really want something different then you're going to love it! I drive an '84 GLi and love the car but wish it had the extra poke of a turbo sometimes. Get it and enjoy it! "SimonJ" <> wrote in message news:ajtvr4$4c0$ > > "Mike P" <> wrote in message > news:BTc89.1636$%K6.109769nopsamfep2-gui... > > Hi. > > I've been offered a 1984 'B' reg 900 Turbo (4-door) for 350, I want to > use > > it as a daily driver to go to work in and for the occasional long motorway > > journey. > > > > The car has MOT until November. I've been told it will need a new exhaust > > manifold gasket for the MOT. Is this going to be a huge, expensive job or > is > > it relatively simple? Apart from that, one of the rear leccy windows does > > not operate - A colleague at work tells me this is probably a seized > motor > > which won't be to difficult to sort. The paintwork is OK, a bit faded here > > and there, but no more than you'd expect for a 1984 car. There is no rust > on > > the body . and under the carpets seems dry and rust free. It drives well > and > > pulls strongly when the turbo is spinning, with no excess smoke. > > It's done 128000 genuine (documented) miles > > > > What other areas should I check out before buying this car? I have a > > feeling it's cheap because the manifold gasket will be a bitch to > replace.. > > :-( > > > > Good buy or not? I'm looking at a Saab as I want something different. My > > missus has a boring modern Eurobox... > > > > TIA > > > > Mike > > > > > Sounds like a good deal. > > Suggestion... Ask the seller to have the car MOT'd, say you will pay for the > test, (or ask him if you can take the car for an MOT before buying) then you > will know exactly what it will need, so you have a better idea what you need > to spend on it. > > The leak on the manifold could be a crack, the 900 t's are notorious for it, > but it is still not a huge job to have it brazed. The manifold is a pig to > remove because of its location, I personally would unbolt the turbo before > removing the manifold, it makes it easier to get at and to move back. > >

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