As someone in at “at risk” group my miles have come down and I have been working from home and such is my popularity in the office I’ve been told that even if things got back to normal it’s worked so well without me being there, they’d be happy if I reduced my days in the office. I’m coming out of a new car PCP and the vast expense of this and NC used prices becoming sensible combined with me having less day to day requirement for a car have sort of made my mind up that I should finally scratch the itch and also reduce my motoring costs drastically but still get tremendously excited about this new world!
But I only reduce my costs drastically if I get a solid one!
So, I’m kind of prepping very early here as I don’t want to have to settle for something that’s not spot on how I want it. It’s a car I want to keep for a few years, and the after-market support and mods available to make a nice job of getting one exactly how you want it are an appeal.
However, I hear quite a few horror stories about 2.0 units getting through oil at a right old rate - is this something that mainly afflicted earlier models - the 3.5 and 3.75 must be old enough for these issues to be showing now if it was still to be an issue.
Is there any give-away, or other symptoms that might lead one to the conclusion a potential car would have this affliction?
I’m probably going to get an AUC from Mazda UK, looking for something topping out at around the 40-50,000 mile mark and looking not looking to part with any more than ten grand, but as I know from past experience buying used through a dealership is no guarantee of a better car, it just makes picking the bones out of buying a dud a bit easier.
Because the MX-5 will be quite a lot slower than what I’m replacing, in time I will probably be looking at a BBR Super 200 upgrade. I don’t know for certain as it’s mainly for overtaking purposes, but I might feel so wee and vulnerable my overtaking days might be behind me (if that’s not some kind of contradiction!).
So I suppose the engine and oil consumption are my main concerns, and possibly gearbox. But essentially… are there things I should be looking at in its service history, things I can ask about and what things can I check for in the flesh? I don’t really want to leave any stone unturned in what I know about what I’m buying. Thanks in advance, as I don’t know what I’m doing at the best of times, so people’s help will be immensely valuable.