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>Take the Nissan GTR for example, at £80,000 new it can embarrass prestigious super cars many times its price, some times ever classics worth millions.
The GTR is my end goal, really. I'd genuinely rather have one over a Lambo, and I'm at a point in my life where a (used!) supercar isn't just a dream anymore. Depending on how my next job goes, it might be something I'm looking at relatively soon. It's the one car I'd be tempted to finance, but with careful saving I might not need to. I can't imagine needing another car after that, except maybe a Land Rover or a van for the weekends. They don't have much space for groceries.
>Did you have trouble with the wankel engine after 60,000 miles?
Stationary gear bearing failure, which isn't quite the apex seal failure that's most common, but it's still wankel related, obviously. I bought the car for about £900, one owner, at 72,000 miles, and it still hot started and worked fine for a few thousand miles.
I knew fully what I was getting into, though, I was well aware of the problems and had budgeted five grand into repairing it. I also wouldn't have even thought about buying one had I not lived in Leeds at the time, which is where Rotary Revs, the best place in Europe for rotary engines, is. Seriously, in my visits there I saw lads from Germany, Spain, France, all bringing their cars over to get this lot to work on them. If I wasn't just down the road from such experts, I would never have bothered.
Anyway, it cost me £3800 to get the engine rebuilt, with a 100k mile warranty from RR, some electrical work, a new head unit, and new (refurbished) wheels and a new midpipe. It was worth every penny. That car was probably the best car I've ever had, but it was the only car I've ever had that I couldn't work on myself (Even the Range Rover I could change a gasket on), and I really didn't like that feeling of knowing I had to take it to a specialist even to tweak something basic like timing or fuel intake.
I sold it for about 7k on ebay, as that Rotary Revs rebuild certificate is worth it's weight in gold. I wish I'd kept it as a track toy, I've never had anything that handled better, apart from an MX5, which is not surprising, it's the same chassis.
Anyway, I certainly had more fun in it than I ever could have in a financed repmobile. I'd recommend every petrol head to own one at least once, but it's not something you can do when you're short on cash. The wankel is a beautiful thing, it feels like you're driving a four wheeled superbike.
>Also do you watch Wheeler Dealers
Love it, I've bought a couple of motors because of them. Haven't seen any of the show post Ed China though, I've heard it's bad now.