Gti wanted. No project cars please

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Re: Gti wanted. No project cars please

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If you're waiting to find one with air-con, that isn't a project, you're going to be waiting for a long time. A/C is very rare on any BX.

Most important point, is bodyshell condition. It's more important than colour, or spec, or wheels, or anything else that can be modified. BXs fight rust admirably, but when they roll over and die, they really do. Most of the rot is hidden - even pictures of the underside won't tell the whole story. Rob is right; All BXs will have some rust to a degree, and the ones that don't will not come up for sale often.

Personally I'd avoid the 4x4, and sit tight until an honest GTi or 16v pops up. With the latter, you'll probably have to buy it as a rolling-rennovation, but then aren't all old cars?
Also, unless you're after something 'sporty' (and a GTi really isn't a sporty car anyway) then also consider other specs. The TZD Turbo hatches are a GTi with a diesel engine (I know that's possibly a turn-off, but they're MUCH easier to find than a GTi as they're the most common BX out there). And the 19TRS/TZS/TZI are similar to a GTi, just slightly more comfortable.
And if you want fun, don't discount the 1.4 models. Honestly, they're a hoot! The 1.6 petrol and n/a diesels are the only ones that are a bit flat, though they're all fun in their own way (especially compared with all the mundane boxes we daily drive these days).
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Re: Gti wanted. No project cars please

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Thanks

All very valid points, especially that most rot is hidden and body shell condition.
I wasn't aware AC was so rare. Back in the both day mine had AC :)

A 16 valver would be lovely, as would a good condition 4x4 ( despite the total lack of spares for all the fragile 4x4 parts)

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Re: Gti wanted. No project cars please

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Pcheaven wrote: ↑
Thu Mar 18, 2021 10:53 am
A 16 valver would be lovely,
When I first saw your thread, I wondered if a 16v would count, I almost replied to say it may open up other avenues albeit ever so slightly. I had 2 lovely Gti's and they were really nice to drive but when I first drove a 16v , that was it for me. I don't just mean speed, the engine seemed so much different, you could almost say they behave more like a modem engine of today and they made for effortless trips. Be interesting to see what you learn about the Irish one. Like you say, it's good to get all the facts, a bit of history can make a difference. If your plan was to get a nice one from the off or something with very little to do, I would stick to it. So many have taken on projects that stay that way and you could easily spend more getting to a certain point than you would pay for one that didn't need the work even if it seemed a bit costly at the time . Sometimes it's better to pay a bit more and get some pleasure when you want it. It doesn't really matter if you make or lose a couple of grand over time imo.
Good luck with the search πŸ˜€
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Re: Gti wanted. No project cars please

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Dave_16v wrote: ↑
Thu Mar 18, 2021 5:38 pm
Pcheaven wrote: ↑
Thu Mar 18, 2021 10:53 am
A 16 valver would be lovely,
When I first saw your thread, I wondered if a 16v would count, I almost replied to say it may open up other avenues albeit ever so slightly. I had 2 lovely Gti's and they were really nice to drive but when I first drove a 16v , that was it for me. I don't just mean speed, the engine seemed so much different, you could almost say they behave more like a modem engine of today and they made for effortless trips. Be interesting to see what you learn about the Irish one. Like you say, it's good to get all the facts, a bit of history can make a difference. If your plan was to get a nice one from the off or something with very little to do, I would stick to it. So many have taken on projects that stay that way and you could easily spend more getting to a certain point than you would pay for one that didn't need the work even if it seemed a bit costly at the time . Sometimes it's better to pay a bit more and get some pleasure when you want it. It doesn't really matter if you make or lose a couple of grand over time imo.
Good luck with the search πŸ˜€
A 16v Would be ideal - what's the I don't want to sell it price for yours ;)


Seriously, if anyone has a 16V they might consider selling. I will pay top money for a sorted one

Later in the year I plan to have a garage and ramp, so a project car might be the way forward.
BX Meteor. Sub 20000 miles. Very Original.

ToDo list.

1. Get cam bet etc replaced etc
Have a GnT
2. Get the radio to work.
Have a GnT
3. Adjust the clutch
Have a GnT
4. Clean LHM tank then a complete flush
Have a GnT
5. Wash, clay bar then ceramic coat paintwork.
Have a GnT