What can I say, I keep throwing money at this car and it keeps absorbing it and still refusing to be fully fixed. Yesterday I loved it, today I loathe it, and so it goes on like that day in, day out. Fortunateley I have a friend at a local garage who helps keep the costs down, other than that it would have gone a long time ago.
I keep it because it goes so very very sideways, but at 4 turns lock to lock, and the estate body it often gets out of shape! Not where near as easy to drive sideways as a Mk2 Escort for example. but much cheaper now.
They're fast once you get them wound up, but woefully torque-less low down.
Over engineered and harder to work on than other cars of their era. Just try getting to the cambelt.
I truly want to love this car, but it keeps disgracing itself with it's thousands of niggles.
A couple of questions though, do they all turn over for ages before starting?
Does anyones intermittent wipe work?
Does anyone have silent tappets? (I've done mine twice and they still aren't!)
It's a real shame that there's a generation growing up now who will never know how glorious it feels to go sideways on a wet roundabout.