So after selling the Rover I thought “hey, what uses less gas than the V8? A soobie” and picked this up. Similar spec to my first green one, but far far better condition. It was actually pretty tidy inside and out, hadn’t really been molested and drove really well.
Drove it around a bit, pretty uneventful ownership really. The previous owner had spent thousands of dollars on maintaining it before me so I didn’t really have to do a lot. I seem to have records to changing the spark plugs and coils (cracked like usual) and that was it. BTW, forget the internet mechanic myths, doing plugs on a twin cam EJ20 ain’t that bad. Take out battery, take out washer bottle and you have almost unobstructed access.
The only real issue was that it had a pretty bad trans oil leak when I got it. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but the big patch of oil staining on the previous owners driveway should have been a dead give away.
Actually, come to think of it I did have one pretty serious issue. The steering rack bushes gave out. How do you know your bushes are stuffed? When the rack itself moves when you turn the steering wheel, meaning that the ratio is kinda variable and you never know how far you have to turn the steering wheel before the wheels start to turn, and how straight the steering wheel will be when you return to “centre”. Easy fix but scary to drive.
Sold this on when I got bored, think it ended up in Queenstown.
2L EJ20 twin turbo
Axle back exhaust
Sweet black painted Starform Basel wheels
Update 8/3/20 – Unfortunately it appears this car met its end due to being written off by an insurer 5 years ago. I’m guessing stolen, crashed or both.