1988 Isuzu Piazza HBL 2.0 turbo
Lovely coupe with a difference
New radiator + thermostat.
Stainless steel exhaust system.
This was a lovely looking car dressed in bright shiny red paint. Just a shame about the rust it had bubbling around the rear wheel arches and around the bottom of the doors and fuel filler flap, This car had been stood in a barn for 8 years before a friend of mine found it and put it though an MOT, and it passed with only needing a brake overhaul and a small amount of welding in the front wheel arch.
After I bought it from my friend, I spent a few hundred pounds getting the car back up-together.
A past owner of the car had super glued the passenger door electric window switch and cruise control buttons open so you could not use them.
For a car of its age, it went very well and returning about 30 mpg if you stayed off the turbo boost.
I didn't keep the car long, as it needed a lot of body work doing from rusting, and needed more time than I had to spare to restore it to its original former glory.
All in all, a very well kitted up car, and nice to drive with a lovely interior and fairly good handling in the dry, and a little hairy in the wet from the back end loosing grip through the torque of the engine, even though it had an LSD fitted.
If you can get a nice tidy one, you're getting a fairly rare car with a good fan club to back them up, search on google for IPTOC and you will find it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th November, 2006