Re: 850 T5-R question, please help!!!
> The thing is that today I found a yellow T-5R in the ad. I called a man
> and he said the following about the car condition: the body (i thing
> that's the english word) has 360.000 km (in miles I think that's 225.000
> miles) and the engine (second, the first one "blew up") has 180.000 km
> (112.500 m). he sais the car is in decent condition (everything is working
> except the air condition). i am meeting the guy today so I will know
> everything else. he wants 7000 USD (in EUR of course) for the car.
> S O P L E A S E tell me the common reliability issues on this car. I am
> going to do a standard check with the mechanic but i would like to know
> what special things to look out for.
Well, I would check the service history, has he proof of the new engine etc.
Has the car been serviced, does it have a service book?
Check the engine cover, does it say B5234T5, thats the name of the original
engine in 2.3 litre, in some countries there is a 2.0 version called, B5204.
As you mention the air condition is a problem, sometimes it´s easy to fix,
often it can be expensive up to around 1000 euro if the evaporator in the
instrument panel is leaking.
Another common problem is oil leak from the sealing on the crankshaft
towards the gearbox / clutch. Check for oil spillage there.
360.000 km is quite much, but if its well looked after it´s perhaps not a