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Old 04-11-2019, 06:20 AM
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Originally Posted by S2000_sam View Post
The “unmolested” low mile example would appear to have a front end re spray. The faux vents in the front bumper should be black. Whoever sprayed it didn’t take the time to cover them off. An easy spot. Worth asking the vendor to explain......and they are NOT meant to be colour coded!

Unmolested.........mmmmmm
And a new hood looms on the horizon.
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Old 04-11-2019, 08:25 AM
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My take on this is that good bodyshops are ten a penny compared to good F20C rebuilders. If it's straight, mechanically sound and with a good owner profile / service history i'd take that car even if it had tinworm.

Given the improvements on the facelift engine in terms of retainers, oil consumption and stronger carbon tipped gear synchros - i'd want a facelift car with sound mechanicals and i'd deal with any other cosmetic issues sensibly and as they came up. I would not want, nor would i pay for a garage queen as you'd be too scared to use it and enjoy it. Nice if you already own one, not so good if you are trying to buy one.

The simple fact remains that these are not new cars, they don't have modern galvanised panels - if it has been used, it is going to have rust, whether it's visible or not. Even the mint low miler is still going to need stuff doing to it due to age if not wear and tear.

You pays your money and eventually you have to take a punt - you can still drive a cosmetically tired car, you cannot drive one with a blown engine.
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Old 04-11-2019, 08:50 AM
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Shouldn’t the headlight washers also be black? My moon rock has black vents in the bumper.
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Old 04-11-2019, 08:53 AM
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Minor point but the pale blue one is dubbed 'GT' which means it is supposed to have a hardtop but no sign in the pics.

The value of the hardtop is around £500 and the fitting kit on the car about the same.

Also be prepared for LGBT comments about the colour
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Old 04-11-2019, 09:44 AM
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i wouldnt touch a car with rusty rear arches tbh

the vents should be black but a painted bumper would not put me off
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Old 04-11-2019, 11:28 AM
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Yes but you're a greedy basket and have two. If you were looking to buy you'd only be able to choose from what's available and not everyone has a manmaths budget.
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Old 04-11-2019, 02:31 PM
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tart.. i bought one for a 5 bag which had no rust..
and no feckin (useful) engine

20k later it's still a shitter (i jest on all counts).. it cost less than your (v nice bte) bike and it sees rain/does the school run too

rust is hard to repair perfect, easier to swap an engine but by god they are £ now
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Old 04-12-2019, 07:51 AM
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Given how good wrap is these days, i'd just get the panel smooth and do that.
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Old 04-12-2019, 08:24 AM
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Originally Posted by martin j View Post
Shouldn’t the headlight washers also be black? My moon rock has black vents in the bumper.
No body colour coded on facelift cars.
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Old 04-12-2019, 09:41 AM
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Originally Posted by richmc View Post
No body colour coded on facelift cars.
On pre facelift you mean - mine are and always have been body colour.
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