1 IT’LL RUST
The front wings and wheel arches are known to harbour corrosion, and look at the headlight, tailgate and indicator surrounds for signs of bubbling paintwork or surface rust. Rust can accumulate behind cracked window rubber seals too.
2 MILES OF FUN
The four-pot engine is well known for its ability to withstand colossal mileages but it still has to be maintained properly. Make sure the oil pressure reads at least 40psi on a cruise and inspect the block carefully for signs of leaks. Beware blue smoke under acceleration, which suggests internal engine wear. 3 ALL CHANGE Ensure that the overdrive works correctly. If it doesn’t then chances are the culprit will be a faulty relay. The four-speed gearbox is a fairly hardy unit and is happy to rack up big mileages, as long as it’s been looked after. Walk away from any car whose gearbox whines, crunches into gear or jumps out of gear under load. 4 INJECTION WOES A failed Bosch fuel injection cable harnesses is tricky to reach and therefore expensive to replace. It’s also worth keeping an eye on the injection air pressure sensor for signs of wear.