Maestros powered by an A-Series engine are common, so oil leaks are endemic. Expect 80,000 miles between rebuilds – an easy £600 DIY job. The 1.6- and 2.0-litre engines last longer but can sound tappety even when set up correctly – which they’re often not, as a special tool is required. The automatic choke fitted to Maestros with an SU carburettor is unreliable, but poor running could be down to split rubber vacuum hose connections, perished vacuum switch diaphragms, faulty overrun fuel cut-off switches (best left disconnected after ensuring that the switch is open) or swollen fast idle stepper motor O-rings, which get attacked by unleaded fuel. Unleadedresistant rings made of viton are available from the owners’ club.