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    Hi guys,

    I'm going to look at a 12 plate GTC VXR tomorrow with 24K miles on the clock, the owner is asking for £10,500.

    Just after a bit of advice please on what to look out for if possible?

    Thanks in advance!

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    make sure both seat lift handles work, not a cheap repair

    check wheels for damage, they are over £500 each. Same for the tyres, decent tyres are over £200 each

    Engines are generally okay, gearboxes can make weird noises - check how often the gearbox oil has been changed, it really needs doing at least once a year

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    Thanks for your reply.

    Are brakes still really expensive too?

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    Fronts yes and backs no

    Sent from my G3121 using Tapatalk

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    Ah yeah seen £480 for 2 front discs. Thanks for letting me know.

    I'll check the pads all round when I go take a look, test the gearbox as well to make sure it goes in all gears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpickford12 View Post
    Ah yeah seen £480 for 2 front discs.
    Are you sure that was £480 for two? Usually at least that much each for complete disc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carbon Flash View Post
    Are you sure that was £480 for two? Usually at least that much each for complete disc
    https://www.courtenaysport.co.uk/VXR...DBA-AstraJ-VXR

    Dunno if these are good to use?

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    Courtenay sell them so they are probably decent tbh.

    Check for paint chips and signs of re-sprays, early cars suffered with weak clear coats so make sure you're happy with the finish of the car, look closely and shine a light on it if necessary.

    Only other areas of concern are gearbox, clutch, flywheel as mentioned by vocky. If second gear pops out at all, walk away. If you have difficulty engaging gears or they are very crunchy, walk away. Gear changes are quite rubbish and notchy anyway even with good boxes, but you're looking for them to pop in without too much force. The car may have a short shifter fitted which helps with gear changes massively, so that's a question to ask.

    If you get any kind of knocking or clunking when engaging/disengaging clutch, it could be the flywheel, again quite an expensive fix.

    Best thing to do is test drive it thoroughly and if it feels and sounds good then it probably is, but if there are noises then you're best off driving a couple more (newer) cars to get a feel for them, as some noises are normal due to the dual mass flywheel and LSD. They make more noises than your standard road car but it's hard to describe the normal noises vs the bad ones.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by V*X*R View Post
    Courtenay sell them so they are probably decent tbh.

    Check for paint chips and signs of re-sprays, early cars suffered with weak clear coats so make sure you're happy with the finish of the car, look closely and shine a light on it if necessary.

    Only other areas of concern are gearbox, clutch, flywheel as mentioned by vocky. If second gear pops out at all, walk away. If you have difficulty engaging gears or they are very crunchy, walk away. Gear changes are quite rubbish and notchy anyway even with good boxes, but you're looking for them to pop in without too much force. The car may have a short shifter fitted which helps with gear changes massively, so that's a question to ask.

    If you get any kind of knocking or clunking when engaging/disengaging clutch, it could be the flywheel, again quite an expensive fix.

    Best thing to do is test drive it thoroughly and if it feels and sounds good then it probably is, but if there are noises then you're best off driving a couple more (newer) cars to get a feel for them, as some noises are normal due to the dual mass flywheel and LSD. They make more noises than your standard road car but it's hard to describe the normal noises vs the bad ones.

    Good luck!
    Thank you so much for all the information. Came in handy for sure! Handles all work well, brakes are almost brand new. Gears were not noticeably notchy (as this gearbox goes) and all held in place. No excessive noise in any gear or gearbox whine at all.

    Overall, seems to be a mint car.

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