Starter has a dead spot in it. Car won't start unless its off in gear and you rock it back and forth to get it off the dead spot, then it starts. I didn't trust it so I bought a new starter and installed it myself.
Body molding fell off. I restuck it on their with 3m double sided auto tape and a hair dryer, car looks like new now.
Engine light is on, but I found a sensor (think its Mass Airflow Sensor) that was pulled out on the airbox.
Left rear passenger window does not work.
Rear brakes need rotors and pads, the pads are worn and rotors have a ridge on them, plan to have my dad replace these next weekend, will update.
Radio in safe mode before buying. Told seller this is unacceptable (dealer) and he got it out for free, works great.
Might need clutch in next 20,000 miles, it engages a bit high, but I drove a truck with a HD clutch so what do I know.
New front tires... it needed them, backs are okay for another 10,000.
Seat has little wear mark, will stitch up.
First off, I got this used car off ebay for $1800 off a dealership. I knew it had problems, but it is a sweet car for the money.
I suspect the dead spot in the starter and the engine light (might be a dealer mech who pulled it? maybe) may have swayed her to trade it in, the college girl before me. So I picked it up and threw new front tires on it and drove it home. I picked up a starter too and put it in.
All in one night I put the body molding back on, put the new starter in (beware home mechs like me, the starter bolts actually hold the engine to the frame to prop up the motor when removing the starter), changed oil, and changed oil filter.
Now this car has a perfect body, no dings, dents, scratches, rust, and all the molding is SOLIDLY put back on. The car looks great and with the alloy wheels...ooohhh, it will kick ass when I wash and polish.
The K2 edition is an inbetween special edition on the luxury list, I got blacked out tail lights, foglights, better looking seats, premium sound (sounds great cranked up), heated seats, different shifter, and remote.
The interior seems well put together, it needs to be cleaned though. The black grey colors look great and controls are easy to get to. Cupholders in a great place. Seats are comfortable. Controls are a bit complicated, but easily learned from manual. There is plenty of space for my 5'11 frame and you can see everything around you (except for the rear, large ass trunk gets in the way). The trunk itself if HUGE, I could fit 4 bodies in there! lol.
Exterior: A bit dated, but looks very sexy in black, alloys, and blacked out tail lights, and spoiler. Sits low and looks like a small tank. And very easy to get into.
Driving: Wow, its like, well, its great. Its my first car (I'm 16) and well it handles way better than any of the other cars I've driven (to think that I almost bought a 99 ford escort?!!).
Its steering is tight and the engine is peppy with the 5 speed manual. The car makes it feel like you're going slower than usual, like you're going 50 but it feels like 30...
Brakes are crap right now due to the rear brakes being shot, it stops, but it doesn't like it.
Acclerating is a fun filled affair with plenty of revs, shifts, fast moving car, and grinning driver.
The car takes turns like, its on rails. and just holds the road so well, I can see myself just driving this for the pure fun of it.
It seems to have plenty of power in all gears and goes highway speed with ease.
MPG is expected to be decent, mid 20s I hope. I filled her with $25 the other day, I'm happy.
Overall, great German engineering and I can't believe I'm going to finish this car for about $1000 under book value in good condition. Love this car.
I did my research, and well if you're mechanically inclined and have the tools, I think you can work on this car easily. Otherwise, stay away or buy an older version. However seeing as I know what I'm doing and so does my father, well this will do just fine.