"It ran fine until I had a go at changing the cambelt on it!"
That cost £500 and ran fine until I had a go at changing the cambelt on its 20 valve, five cylinder engine. We've already scrapped one Coupe to provide spare parts, and I've been pretending to fix it for so long Andy's been forced to buy a Golf VR6 to run around in; unfortunately it needs its cam chains changing, so it won't be running for much longer. Latest acquisition is a pair of BMW 328i engines, bought mainly because they were £70 each from the local scrapyard, along with a blown up 328i coupe - as it turned out, I hadn't got rear wheel drive out of my system at all. Whether either of the replacement engines actually runs is another question entirely, but there's only one way to find out...
Having got big engines and terrifying powerslides well and truly out of my system with an ancient BMW M535i and a turbocharged, 535i-engined 316, I moved on to front wheel drive last year with an eBay-spec Alfa Romeo 155.
Good points included the healthy 2.0 16v engine and quick 2.2 turn steering rack; everything else needed mending. Most of it still does, but unbelievably the 300 quid Alfa is now in daily use as reliable transport,