Need buyer's guide info for 200q20v

Bernie Benz b.benz at
Wed Jul 18 16:21:47 EDT 2007

Overall, sounds like a good deal, Rob.
Further comment interlaced below:
See Chris Miller’s 200Q-20V repair site.

On Jul 18, 2007, at 11:52 AM, robert weinberg wrote:

> Hi all,
> i might be taking a look at a 200q20v this week. what
> should i keep an eye out for?
> from what i know, it has about 100K on the clock,
> recent clutch, timing belt and a boost leak was fixed.
> it also has the front brake conversion.
Brake conversion from UFOs to G60s is a negative, IMO.
> he said everything works, including the a/c, heated
> seats, windows, lock and all the usual electrical
> gremlins.
Cruse control?
> he said the back cylinder was 8psi down and the others
> measure as new. is this acceptable for a car of this
> age?
> he has all the records from himself and the original
> owner too. the struts are worn though.
Check when CV boots and wheel bearings were done.
Check for shaft seal leaks, engine, tranny and rear end. Snake oil is  
the fix.
Check tie rod ends and ball joints for play.Lower arm bushings, Roll  
bar bushings.
Check last few wheel alignment printouts, for consistancy and  
excessive neg camber.
Check pass side front strut tower webbing to fire wall for cracking.
> are the engine, turbo and tranny good for 200k+ if
> well cared for?
Yes, 235K on mine, just now broken in.
> the car is priced under $4,000 and i think i have some
> wiggle room there.
> bottom line is what else should i look for and
> assuming it's in decent condition, can this car still
> do my 17,000 miles/year in commuting/traveling?
> I'm cool if it costs about $500-$600/year in
> maintenance, but it must be relatively reliable.
> other than replacing the springs and struts, I'm not
> going to mod it.
Replace strut inserts, Relube upper strut bearings.
Why springs? Lowering springs = excessive neg camber. Add a strut  
tower brace.

> thanks,
> Robby
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