I bought my Z for $400 bucks. It needed new heads due to a blown gasket, which in turn leaked antifreeze into the oil, turning it into peanut butter. The heads cost me $450 to get rebuilt.
I finally got to hear the car run when it was all put together.
...For about five minutes!
Found out the battery and the starter were both pooched. I was not happy!
There goes another $200 dollars.
Once it was all back together again, the engine had run for a while when I noticed that the fan was not engaging.
I pulled out the diagnostics tester and found that it was just the computer. Just! Yeah right, there goes more money out the window.
O.K. Finally the moment of truth. I had my car. It ran. It ran great! I drove around for a little bit to see how she ran. Beautiful. I went to the car-wash to shine her up. Looked sweet. I went to the gas station to fill it up. Paid the $35 bucks (frigging Canada), hopped in my ride, turned the key, nothing.
...The fuel pump went and crapped out on me. Now I had to change the pump. With a full tank!
At last. My car worked. I Drove it around for two weeks.
Wouldn't you know it, piston blew. That big waste of money has been sitting in my garage for two months now. I would like to put in a 3.1L, But I'm having trouble finding a cheap used engine with half decent mileage on it.