Wiring shorted out on first night. No indicators ahoy. Cost $70 to fix.
Flat tyre next morning.
Oil leak from the lower engine.
Fluid leak from the power steering.
Driver's seat is a little worn.
Injector timing things loose, needed new brackets.
Fuel pump died within 200 km of purchase. Cost at least $300 to replace, about $800 for a genuine part.
Alternator died when left with the mechanic to fix the fuel pump (suss?). Turns out the alternator is a very specific model, have been quoted between $50 and $930 to replace. Only found one alternator which is exactly the same as the original, quoted $110, but haven't purchased yet.
Seems a bit smoky at around 4 grand on the tacho, haven't had enough use of it to find out why.
I have only driven this car for about 400 km's since buying it a few months ago. It looks really good, has great power and handling, it's just a shame that I picked it up at the wrong time.
However, I bought it for only $500 so it was a major bargain. Should be able to resell it for close to 10 times that after I've finished working on it.
Not much torque down low, however once the revs hit 3 grand you find yourself being kicked in the back when the turbo ignites.
Keeping it in the rev range shows some serious performance potential, with straight-line wheel spin possible through third gear.
Powering through corners can be dangerous as it likes to rip around quicker than you can turn your head, however generating wheelspin on a bend will induce some frightening moments of understeer, keep the handbrake handy in the wet.