Just sold my Corrado and put a £250 deposit down on a nice S3 last month. 2001 AMK, 100K miles, FSH etc. 2 owners, totally standard. In good nick, felt tight, drove well. Owner seems very legit and reckoned the car was 'perfect'. However, the fact it had been on a longlife service regime was a worry. It needs a service now, and turns out it needs a cambelt too. I intended to have the sump cleaned and a new pickup pipe fitted at the time of service.
HOWEVER, I did the MOT check (only just found out about it), and it turns out it has only passed 2 MOTs first time! The last one has a massive stack of advisories (this wasn't in the paperwork when I looked at the car). These include: Corroding exhaust, all discs pitted, corroded rear springs, EML on + a few smaller things. The EML wasn't on when I viewed it.
Basically, I've started to get a bad feeling about it. Just seems it hasn't been looked after. Was happy to go with the fact it's been on longlife etc, but this new info has changed things. It failed one MOT for not having enough oil FFS! I feel more than a little mislead over it.
I've seen another one that I'm looking at this morning. 89K on the clock, 2002 BAM, FSH, 2 owners etc etc. Have viewed the MOT history and it's all perfect. Passed every time, with the only advisories being tyres.Same price as the first one.
Both cars are HPI clear.
Would appreciate your thoughts on this guys!