Now, I am about to change the shocks and springs on the car.....as I have the "North American Lean" to my car. new springs and adjstable shocks from SJSportscars were about $800 (shipped.)
they say that the north american cars lean to the left over time because the cars really weren't designed to have the weight of the driver on the left side of the car. Not sure if that is true, but they sag nonetheless.Wow 9,000 miles is pretty dang low for a 93.
What do you mean North American lean ? Is there a known problem with N. American Esprit suspensions, or just that the suspension is tired and needs replacement ? (and that's common on N. American cars since many are neglected ? )
But - if the car was well cared for and was driven regularly, which this car probably was, then I dont think "everything will be worn out". Many of those low-mile cars are the worst cars to actually drive. Maybe I just got lucky but my '87(25 years old) is approaching 60K miles and nothing is about to fall off. Sure, all services are up to date and a few parts have been replaced but its not at the end of its life cycle or anything. These cars respond well to regular use and preventative service from what Ive found.With that kind of mileage, not only are you going to have the typical age related problems, you will find much of the car is worn out. Beyond the usual brakes, shocks, tires, battery, etc, the motor is tired, the suspension bushings are probably all shot, shifter linkage, throttle linkage, motor mounts, etc. If you get it cheap enough and are willing to spend the time and money to rebuild it that's one thing, just don't buy the car and expect it to perform as it should if it was a LOT newer and a LOT lower mileage. If you are thinking of fixing things as they break you will never "catch up" unless the car was very well cared for.
my '87(25 years old) is approaching 60K miles and nothing is about to fall off. Sure, all services are up to date and a few parts have been replaced but its not at the end of its life cycle or anything. These cars respond well to regular use and preventative service from what Ive found.
Just saying - mileage and regular use can often be a positive indicator of a very good car.
Yep - I believe sleekGT(Eddie?) drives his car all day, everyday.There's a local guy in Houston that daily drives his 88 and he's over 120K miles without needing an enginer rebuild.
Right - once you promptly ignore al of the overblown, owner-induced horro stories.... they are just cars and respond well to be used. Like the human body. Amazing how that works.I've owned my 89 since 1999, and have 61K on it. It's been one of the most reliable cars I've ever owned. I did a leak down test around 50K and the worst cylinder was only about 7%. Just a month or two ago, I did a compression test and all are 150+ and pretty evenly matched. Esprit maintencance needs to be respected but not feared. As the others said, it has the potential to last quite a while so long as it's well cared for.