What 'different' 20 year oldish car? Jap or not to jap?
I have a Volvo 480 and it’s ace. I can’t say why because a certain Mr Hammond stole my line about it in last week’s Top Gear…but it might be something to do with pop up lights.
Mine’s a turbo so not exactly what you’re after but it’s fun, drives lovely and looks good. I won’t mention the electronics though, mine’s is mostly ok but others do seem to suffer.Posted 6 years agoSparxMember
I’m looking to get a old school motor, late 80’s early 90’s. For some reason I love the boxyness of the cars around then.
One car I keep going back to is the Nissan sunny ZX either engines 1.6/1.8 twin cam.
I want to keep it N/A and twin cam if possible. Also looked at old primeras..
What am I missing from the Europe boys? Keeping in mind a limited budget of £800 tops..
SparxPosted 6 years agoPJM1974Member
+1 for a Corrado. I had a Mk2 Golf 16v in the 90s but my brother’s Corrado VR6 completely blew it away.
Realistically though, they were thirsty, expensive and very troublesome.
MR2 (pre Car Magazine front page sideways shenanigans) is a good bet, if it were me it would be a Mk 2 Golf again.Posted 6 years agoNeil FMember
Mazda 323F GT 1989 to 93.
Fabulous car, and easily within your budget. Faster than the MX5 and 5 door practicality! Wish I’d never sold it! 🙁
Only thing about old Japs is rust…..mechanicals are usually bulletproof.
Euro.Posted 6 years ago
Audi 80 Estate, or a 100 CC if you can find one. 😀
How about a Toyota Corolla GT? Mate at uni had one & I seem to remember it being quite an interesting car.Posted 6 years agoBadlyWiredDogSubscriber
Corrados are lovely, but the parts are expensive because lots of them are unique to the model, plus the VR6 needs – sort of – new timing chains at around 120,000 or so, which is very expensive and there are a lot of common gliches – sun roof mechanisms seize and break. Cooling system on the VR6 is marginal. I know, I own one. And they’re more curvy than boxy…
If you like the styling but aren’t bothered for performance, have a look at the rare-ish 2.0 8-valve version, a bit under powered but very economical and simple, reliable engine.
.. on the boxy side of things, a nice Mk 2 Golf GTi is worth a look, but you won’t find much that’s decent for around £800.Posted 6 years agomatttromansMember
+1 for the Corrado. And ignore this talk of the inherent little foibles, they make the ownership interesting and give the car it’s personality! Besides, once you open it up and hear the VR6 growl you’ll instantly forget that you’re nearly bankrupt…… And when you hit 60ish (if it still works) the spoiler raises up automatically! Seriously though, great car, and if you choose carefully you should be alright. And you can easily get two bikes in the back! You will struggle to find a loved one for £800 though…..Posted 6 years ago
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