Buying that 1984 Mondial
I know plenty of people are going to yell and scream over this, but the reality is that each successive year the car was in production it got better. True, I would have done away with the power steering because I've driven pre-power steering cars and the road feel is better and who needs the extra complexity especially in a car this light. I don't know about the color combination, but my serious question is: Why buy a 1984? Some people like the earlier versions for their ultimate simplicity, some have a price ceiling they don't want to exceed. My philosophy is to buy the best car you can find, regardless of year, with the lowerst mileage, best maintenance record and best features at the price you can afford. For me, the search stopped at 1989 with a red/tan/black T with 18K on the clock and most importantly that horrible rubber cam belt replaced already as I did NOT want that problem. I really didn't want the power stearing, but got the 3.4 liter, longitudinal engined car with anti-lock brakes, very clean and well-maintained, for the price I was willing to pay. I'd keep looking beyond 1984. As an earlier commentator mentioned, these cars have electric gremlins -- for me it was the alternator, which eventually got tossed in favor of a Japanese unit(!) in favor of the GM and Bosch units. I've also got a nutty issue with 5/8 light and the driving lights and that I'm going to post on. If the color really matters, then go with classic colors: red with a tan interior and black roof are the definition of a Ferrari. If you want gray, then buy a Mercedes.
Last edited by Vesper; 08-14-2010 at 02:39 PM.