Date Registered: 07-2009
Location: Central Queensland
TOTAL POSTS: 460
Check the little plastic deflectors under the car, 1 for each half of the fuel tank for any excessive wear or damage or even missing.
A sure way to find out if it's been driven rough areas and not looked after.
Having decent bash plates installed does not mean it has been taken rough areas either. Mine has had them since I bought it, but at 58,000km it's hasn't been more than 1 km on a dirt road driveway every fortnight so far (that will change soon).
So enthusiast isn't a bad thing, it means they are more attentive to the car.
However if it has an unusual service history and doesn't feel 'nice' to drive then don't look any further.
Seeing a provent oil filter/catch can installed isn't a bad thing either, just ask how much oil has been gathered from it. If next to nothing (get them to open it and show you too) and not freshly cleaned, then good. If it has been cleaned, I would leave it alone. An honest owner will tell you about it.
On the other side, if there is no provent installed, no problem. The owner may not be aware of the small possibility of oil blowback problems or the car may not have that issue, nether of mine have had issues.
After having 2, first one I sold to get a newer and more features version. T31 series 1 changed up to a T31 series 5. The series 1 was 3.5 yrs old with no problems at 60,000km and this one only has a weird noise (that might even be normal) at 58,000km and 3yrs old.
2012 T31 TL Series 5 - Burning Red
28/Jan/2016, 1:38 pm