Read this if you need persuading to buy a Turbo!
Front left shock absorber has gone.
Battery keeps draining.
This car is seriously underestimated when it comes to performance. This is one of the fastest cars I've ever driven. I've blown away Golf GTi's, Vectra SRi's, Mondeo ST24's - it's easily as quick as a Renault 5 GT Turbo.
This is one of the few performance cars that insurance companies have seemed to forget. At group 11 (some companies class it higher, at 14) premiums are reasonable for the performance.
Handling could do with setting up properly. A good set of lowering springs or even coil-overs sorts it out.
Interiors are decent, not sure about the black and white checkered trim on the seats, but it does have a Momo steering wheel and boost gauge!
Things to check when buying are firstly the body work, check the wings, tailgate, and around the fuel cap and arches. Turbo's and clutches (and especially gear boxes on the Mk1) also need checking as they can be expensive to repair.
Reccomended modifications include: Dump valve, induction kit, exhaust, super-chip (extra 30 BHP!), de-cat pipe (if catalyst) and a good set of alloys.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for any advice, tips or recommendations!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd April, 2001