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I'm going to be looking at a 1987 Cossie blk/blk this Sunday. 164K miles. Seller says its in great condition in and out tranny and engine as well.

Any tips on what to look for maintenance or problems will be appreciated.
 

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I spent a good half year restoring one of these cars and I offer some tips and observations.

If the motor has not had a periodic valve height adjustment, you can tell by the loud tapping sound in the upper motor area. Peel off the valve cover and inspect the cam lobes and tappet surfaces. Any mushrooming or wear is not worth the repair.

Watch the rear shocks for creaking and squealing. That's an expensive replacement. If the rear SLS has been removed, do not get the car. Test the door locking vacuum pump and be sure to check the antenna motor.

Watch for rear electrical wiring problems like non-working tail lamps or trunk light.

Front steering requires a check of the idler arm bushing as well as tie rod ends and the ball joints. You can expect to replace all upon receipt of the car. However, the steering sector should be good.

Interior plastic trim seems to be easily available at the dealer for very low prices. However, rear foot well carpeting is gone. All cladding is gone as well. So if some panel is missing, you're stuck.

If the car has specific issues, please ask. Photos are especially helpful.
 

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thanks guys!
 

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Agree with above except I wouldn't let the omission of SLS be a deal-breaker. A lot of these cars have had them removed - some say they're troublesome, leak etc.....I can't comment on that, but several cars have had them removed, mine included. As long as the shocks, etc are of high quality - have bilsteins on mine - there is no problem, unless of course 'originality' is a high priority.
Good luck. They're great cars!
 

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87 16 valve

They are great cars. I have one of the 100 automatics in the US in smoke silver...I was going to sell it because I have the 2011 Audi A5 and a 95 993, but I find taking the 16 Valve out more often..I get more compliments on this car than the A5. Good luck with the search.
 

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AUTOMATIC, that would be perfect. nice cars.
 
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