Wow sounds expensive! I am on 92K miles on my S4 and so far so good on the engine.81K miles is a LOT for a V-8 Esprit. It makes a full review of the service history more important than ever. For instance if it is still on the original clutch, or even the second one, it may be due for yet another and they are not cheap. With that many miles the motor should be tested for compression to see how much life is left and if the turbos have never been rebuilt they are probably way past due. Bottom line, that low price isn't so low when you add what it may take to have some real fun with the car.
I am sure with that much mileage, if you do a compression test, you will see you have a significant loss of compression. That translates into less power. It's really sneaky the way it happens too. So slowly you don't notice and adjust to it. Motors are not meant to last forever. Rings wear, seals leak, valves don't seal so well. Eventually the bearings wear and you start losing oil pressure. That's at the end and the wear accelerates rapidly. The good news for you is the 4 banger is significantly less expensive to rebuild than the V-8. Of course it is only 1/2 the V-8!Wow sounds expensive! I am on 92K miles on my S4 and so far so good on the engine.
I have two? I have a chrome yellow V8 being prepped for sale now, but not offered yet. Do I have another one? Inquiring minds want to know.Interesting that there are 3 V8 esprits on ebay right now, and carsalesman has two more nice ones for sale too. Buyers market?...