REALLY need input before buying this V8!!!!
I REALLY need your input. I'm well into negotiating the sale of an FE (my dream car) and the buyer was kind enough to send me the service records. He bought it with about 8k miles on it and we have no info on the first owner (he's the second). He said he had to do quite a bit to it after purchase to get it sorted out. What I would like to hear from your forum members is whether these services are not out of the norm as ownership goes or if this is an inordinate amount of work and this particular Esprit sounds more troublesome than most. Below is an accounting of what has been done to date and costs incurred so far (approximate):
02/09, 8600 miles - new timing belt/tensioners/belt drive; new water pump, (2800.00)
03/09 - 9800 miles - rebuilt engine/valve job/resurfacing of heads/bore and hone block (due to multiple misfires and recurring cylinder 7 misfire/no compression); replaced engine oil cooler hoses and leaky seal; repair drivers mirror misfunction, (15,000)
06/09, 11,300 miles - new valve cover gasket; new intake air hose; new trianary switch, (370.00)
09/09, 13,200 miles - new dongle assembly; new control unit and remove immobilizer control, (350.00)
07/10, 18,500 miles - new coolant level sensor and header tank cap, (340.00)
02/11, 19,700 miles - new drivers window motor, (315.00)
02/11, 20,300 miles - new coolant feed hose (411.00)
12/11, 25,100 miles - new front coolant hose, radiator inlet hoses (656.00)
09/12, 26,100 miles - turbos rebuilt; new thermostat, replace fuel injector set (5,500.00)
09/13, 27.500 miles - new coolant level sensor; replace engine purge value; new 02 sensor (1000.00)
08/15, 30,200 miles - remove engine and replace cylinder head gaskets; new timing belts, water pump, oil pressure sender, water temp sender; resurface cylinder heads and hot tank; driver's side turbo rebuilt, (9,500.00)
08/15, 30,200 miles - new solenoid and oil pressure sender, (1500.00)
That is last service of note. Scheduled maintenance services seem to be on schedule (and was not included in the list above). So, two questions: 1) Is this a 'typical' V8 maintenance story? 2) Can I assume that since these things have been done, they won't need to be done again (Aside from scheduled maintenance)? Is this Esprit truly, properly 'sorted' now or a likely money pit? Please, your opinions so my first Esprit ownership experience doesn't become a nightmare!!!!