Re: Advice on buying a 740 GL wagon
"Geronimo" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> I should add a couple of things. It is a GLE model, not just GL...and
> it has 2.4 L engine. From nadaguides.com, this, I think, means it is
> the 16-valve engine. I think the 16-valve engine has interference
> type-valves, which is bad news when the timing belt breaks. Also, the
> eBay ad says nothing about it having turbo. I am a little concerned
> that it might be very sluggish/underpowered without a turbo.
> Nadaguides.com shows average retail price of $3000, but I think that
> it is not factoring in a deduction for high mileage (under the
> mileage column at the bottom, it just shows "N/A").
2.4L? I think even the 16V engines were 2.3 but I could be wrong. 16V
engines are nice, you *do* have to keep up on timing belt maintenance, but
you should do that anyway. They're also quite powerful, nearly as much so as
the turbo, but less low end grunt. Even the standard 8v 2.3L is reasonable,
with an automatic they're a little sluggish but with a manual they're not
bad at all, particularly if you drop in a VX or K camshaft. It's all a
tradeoff of power, fuel economy and maintenance effort but all of the 4
cylinder engines are quite well made.