Just a quick note to say i am the new owner of this GTi. Continuing engine problems with the 16 has prompted me into swift action with this one.
There are a few jobs to make it the way i want it, but 1st impressions are good. Bodily it is one of the best i have seen, the only bit of real rust i have found so far is up in the front wheel arch and under the air filter area, which will need some attention. Underneath and all the sills are very good, even the jacking points are all straight and factory coated (i think!).
It has had an incident along it's right side at one point as the driver's side wing is re-sprayed from red and the door you can tell in certain lights has been filled and sprayed. But that's only cos the paint is in such good condition! Inside is pretty immaculate, very black, very 80s.
The steering and gear change are as close to new as i think i'd find on a BX, very tight. All round excellent, apart from the ride! Which was very firm when i test drove, new spheres all round i figured, so i've been handy with the Pleiades tool and i've got my 16TZS fronts on there at the moment, which seem to be behaving correctly, but the back ones are very 'gone' so if i can persuade the old ones off i'll swap those as well. I wouldn't have thought it but the dead rears are really compromising the entire car's ride, even though the front is very soft. And Mr. Chidlow advises me of the importance of tyre choice, current ones i've never heard of, could do with changing, so i think i might put the michelins from the 16 on.
The engine runs a little rough at light steady throttle, i didn't notice it too much on the test drive, only on the way to the ferry! It's annoying round town and cruising steadily. Changed the plugs and was imagining all sorts of problems but tonight noticed in the dark that three of the HT Leads are lighting up at the plugs so hopefully replacing those may bring me some joy.
It's a very nice motor but i'll have to sort the ride and running then i'll be very happy. And i might have to get rid of the pram handle on the back, although my 5 year old seems to think it's really cool. I think i paid a reasonable price for it, it seems myself and Mr. Majestic both came away feeling we could've done better! So i guess we met in the middle.
Oh , and it's fast! the low end torque is very welcome for hills and doddling round town, 1st BX i've had which doesn't feel it when you load it up with people or stuff. And it really comes alive above 4000rpm, not that i've been thrashing it
Hopefully lower down will be better when the running issues are sorted.
I'll get some pictures up when i can prob in the next week.
Chapter 3, The GTi.