Date: Thu, 22 Aug 2002 18:51:14 GMT
From: Paul Halliday <>
Subject: Re: 1984 900 Turbo? (UK)

in article BTc89.1636$%K6.109769nopsamfep2-gui, Mike P at wrote on 19/08/2002 21:51: > I have a > feeling it's cheap because the manifold gasket will be a bitch to replace.. > :-( I had to ditch my 420 1988 5Dr turbo for just this reason. It wasn't that expensive to fix (around 80 UKP for a second hand part including fitting if all went well), but I was told that the old one had already been welded on and it might turn out to be a much bigger job. I had to wait another year to find another turbo. Take a good look at it and think about whether you want to spend at least a third of the price again in a couple of months time. That said, the old-style flat nose 900 model is just beautiful (IMO) - my daily car is a 3 door 1985 900i 16V which I bought for 285 UKP. The MOT cost me 50p for a light bulb, 80 UKP for a new exhaust and 150 UKP for welding. It's also had 125 UKP of new shocks, 100 UKP of disks and pads and 90 UKP of new brake calipers ... if you buy a cheap car, you pay later ... but I *love* this car to bits (literally). It's done 70,000 miles for me so far and looking good for another 100,000 :) It had a head-on collision a couple of weeks ago and drove away *completely* undamaged after totalling a Punto. Go with your instincts ... and if it dies after a few months well, like my old turbo ... at least you had fun in it :) Good luck with your choice ... Paul 1985 900i 16V 1988 900 Turbo S (Aero wannabe)

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