I agree with SAeef - get a service history. I bought an 86 with 130k miles
on the clock and no service records. Talked to some owners and experts and
learned that the timing chain shouil be replaced at about 100,000 miles.
Dealer cost about $1500. I found a good shop and had all recommended
services including change all filters and fluids,tune up, misc.repairs and
timing chain, total cost about $3000.
The car was supposed to be for my wife and it turns out she does not like to
drive the car. It has some irritating features that the German engineers do
not seem to be able to handle. Such as sun visors that will not stay put,
seat belts difficult to find and latch, gauges that need interpretation.
I love to drive the car with the top down. With the hard top on, I am
concious of various noises.
Also, be aware that 14 mpg is average for suburban driving, maybe 16 or 17
on the road.
Get the latest model you can (do you really need all that power or would less be
enough?) and get it in the best condition you can
find, it's worth paying a premium price, you'll save money in the long run.
Also, unless you don't mind the cost of a dealer, find a
good independent shop for any repairs.
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