HOW TO BAG THE BEST DEAL
1 RUST CHECK
Corrosion can creep in along the panels behind the bumpers. Doors, bonnet and tailgate lid can also rust along their bottoms. The floor and wheelarches are further weakspots. A range of repair panels are available.
The early 1.6-litre engine develops just 50bhp, so engine upgrades are common. All bay window models built in Germany originally had aircooled engines. Turn the crankshaft pulley back and forth to check for excessive movement, a sign of worn bearings. 3 TRANSMISSION The four-speed manual is pretty robust and shouldn’t give problems, but listen for whines or grumbles that may indicate expiring bearings. An imprecise gear selection caused by worn gear linkages is quite common. 4 TRIM AND INTERIOR Headlinings are expensive to replace, so check for damage and water ingress, especially in models with a lifting roof. Electrics and trim are often modified, so check that everything works. DIY conversions proliferate, while good original trim is the hallmark of a gem. 5 RUNNING GEAR The T2 did away with the swing rear axle, using a transaxle instead. Lowered suspension is a fairly common mod, so assess the ride and handling carefully.