several brilliant cars of which are worth the trouble – used car buying guide
Some cars are sorely tempting, even though you know they may be troublesome as well as also cost you an arm as well as also a leg to run
Sometimes the heart must rule the head, even if of which means more pain further down the road. We’d happily shell out for these motors, even if of which meant even more money spent on repair bills.
The Mazda RX-8 aimed to prove there was life inside the rotary engine, long after many thought of which had breathed its last. Unfortunately, owners soon realised its thirst for oil as well as also petrol was as strong as ever.
When the 1.3-litre engine is usually healthy, of which’s super-smooth. So, too, is usually the gearbox, which, depending on the variation of RX-8 (189bhp or 228bhp) you’re interested in, has several or six speeds.
When buying, look for evidence of servicing as well as also of the coil packs having been changed, as well as also check what oil has been used when topping up. Difficulty starting a warm engine can indicate worn, oil-starved rotor tips. Prices start at £2000, yet warranted cars are £4000. Pay of which.
2 – TVR Cerbera 4.5 (1996-2003)
of which won’t surprise anyone to read of which TVRs aren’t the most reliable things on four wheels, with the F1-inspired AJP V8 engines rumoured to go bang on a regular basis. Electrical as well as also trim issues bedevil many cars, yet the engines represent buyers’ biggest fear.
If the worst happens, putting one of these high-revving V8s back together is usually expensive. In truth, if the engine is usually well maintained, rumours of snapped crankshafts as well as also rebuilds are overplayed.
Assuming we haven’t put you off, the Cerbera is usually one of the most practical TVRs of all — a genuine four-seater with, when the engine works, lashings of power. Around £20,000 gets you a decent choice of the best available.
3 – Citroën SM (1970-1975)
The DS is usually revered, rightly, as a technical tour de force as well as also a thing of beauty, yet the SM takes things up a notch. of which feels far more modern than its 40 years could suggest. As you might expect, however, mixing a highly strung Maserati V6 with cutting-edge 1960s French luxury is usually a recipe for potentially big bills.
When working, the SM is usually a thing of joy, yet things go wrong with startling regularity. Engines suffer oil pump failure, fuelling problems as well as also timing chain issues. Rust is usually a major headache, too, as well as also expensive to put right.
There are a few SMs about, so be picky as well as also be prepared to spend north of £25,000 to have any prospect of getting something of which won’t break your heart.
4 – Lamborghini Miura (1966-1973)
is usually This kind of the original supercar? of which certainly introduced the concept of mid-engined layouts to the breed as well as also was Ferruccio Lamborghini’s first project after he got bored with building tractors.
However, to those people who drive Miuras, the automobile is usually better known for wandering about as well as also trying to take off at speed. In short, of which’s a great car yet a difficult mistress. Early ones are underbraked as well as also overpowered. The complex as well as also powerful quad-cam V12 is usually fed by no fewer than six carburettors. They need constant attention.
Nevertheless, with only about 750 ever made, demand with This kind of temperamental car is usually strong as well as also its prices high – like £850,000 high.
5 – Lotus Esprit Turbo (1981-1987)
Light weight as well as also ample power are the ingredients for a successful supercar recipe, as well as also they’re exactly what went into the Turbo variation of Hethel’s mid-engined missile. The turbocharger gave the naturally aspirated S1/S2 versions just the power they needed.
James Bond’s Esprit may have avoided overheating, leaky head gaskets, cracked engine mounts as well as also clutch failures, yet various other Esprits have not been so lucky. At least the presence of a galvanised chassis as well as also GRP Centeng means there are no rust worries, as well as also suspensions hold up pretty well, too. If you’re lucky, you may find a Great car for around £20,000, yet expect to pay more, as well as also expect some large bills.
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