Hopped on a Horizon Dash 8 this morning and flew to Spokane to look at this Esprit. It was as advertised, drove the car (OMG - I wasn't entirely ready for the Esprit experience!) and bought it.
Needs some thing, left mirror inop electrically, center mirror broken off, but otherwise a very nice car. All maintenance records all the way back to new. All services done on time. Looks like the cam covers are weeping a bit, but no drips anywhere. New rotors and pads 4 months ago, have like a hundred miles on the brakes.
Met sister Kat and brother Pat for some Mexican and admiring of her new BMW 328 (very nice car and a Black Lab and two Shih-Tzu's fit nicely in the back seat - something the Esprit does not have!)
Drove it home, 275 miles to Seattle and it ran very well. Engine temps and pressure nominal. Very windy out on the Palouse, but warm, so I got it warm and turned on the AC and climbed some hills and watched the temp needle move slightly up, then immediately back down, so looks good. Oil temp wnt to 60 and stayed until I hit the cold rain, then everything dropped a bit.
The brakes are new but the rears need bleeding. Haven't figured out the heater controls yet, AC works great, tires had way too much pressure, so I fixed that at the first rest stop. I still don't like the Continental tires at all, hated them on my Volvo, so those are going soon. Engine is OMG amazing. Tranny and clutch flawless, but I need driving shoes fer gods sake
It has a vintage stereo with a cassette player - wow, that was like 20 years ago right??
What an amazing car, power is just out of this world. Handles like a go-kart on rails and is very comfortable. I'm 5'11", admit to 225 lbs. and it's plenty of room for me - but I used to squeeze my fat butt into an open class glider every weekend for 6 hours or more, so small and tight is right at home
So - it's just never an adventure until something goes wrong, right?
PO's hambone mechanic did a butcher job on the windshield wiper arm, bad taper fit that he tried to fix with a washer under the nut and a thousand pounds of torque on the nut, but taper still loose ya dummy. So wiper quit wiping after 5 minutes in the rain, but motor still running. Easy fix but TSA does not allows tools in your carry-on and I wasn't going to check a bag for $25 just to haul tools over the Cascades, so I had only screwdrivers I bought to install the temporary center mirror from the Spokane Auto Zone. I needed a wrench and a large area washer.
I stopped at the Board Shop in Easton, WA and the nice lady there loaned me a crescent wrench, so I robbed a large area washer off the engine compartment cover bolt and sorted the wiper arm. Now I can see through the rain at the top of the pass. Thanks Board Shop Lady in Easton, with her Flat-Coated Retriever Cody! I bought one of her handmade knit ski caps as payment for the tool loan, it's a very nice ski cap.
So, here's a surprise - a cassette deck! I was worried it would not have a USB port in the stereo and I'd have to resort to the old stereo jack plug to the iphone, but when I saw the cassette deck on the faceplate, I gave up all hope and got out the earphones. I mean really - when was the last time you saw a JVC 6-disc CD changer in the trunk of a car!!
Wiper works great now, rest of the drive was uneventful except that 75 mph feels like 50 and the car is wondering when we're gonna get going!
Boy that was fun!! What an amazing machine. Funny how the Mustang guys want to blow past showing their incredible acceleration ability - if they only knew