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Mk1 Ownership

Post by Ld97 » 01/12/19 11:08

Hi,

I am looking into owning a MK1 out of a number of different cars. Im looking for some general tips and guidance on what to look out for, what i should be wary of etc.

I also want to know if the MK1 has power steering. I have never owned an older car like this, and i could not find this out online. (Not sure where to look to be honest). Also, what is it like to live with (concerning the power steering)?

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Post by jimi » 01/12/19 18:37

There's no power steering on a MK1, It's a little heavy when parking, on the move it's fine. There's a link to a very good buyers guide here https://www.mr2oc.co.uk/know-your-2/mk1 ... &kbartid=1
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Post by nick » 02/12/19 10:03

Steering is pretty light, I think power was an option in the States, but not here. Having had two i would say the state of the body/rust is everything on these cars. Mechanically they are pretty tough.

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Post by jimi » 02/12/19 12:46

nick wrote: ↑
02/12/19 10:03
I think power was an option in the States, but not here.
Power steering was never an option anywhere on a MK1 ;)
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Post by angpozzuto » 03/12/19 7:00

My MK1 is the only car I've driven that doesn't have power steering and tbh I don't miss it, even parking isn't that bad just keep the car rolling slightly while turning the steering wheel.

Rust is a much bigger issue with these cars
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Post by Rich135 » 04/12/19 10:56

As said, rust rust rust. Would you be using it every, come rain or shine (or frost!)? I don't think many cars in the UK have aircon so things like de-misting the windscreen take longer than on a modern car, but I guess it depends what you are driving at the moment.

It still feel pretty modern to drive though, so easily a daily car.

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Post by martin42006 » 05/12/19 12:31

As above, look out for rust. the engines are generally pretty bulletproof unless they have been abused.
I daily mine and love it the lack of power steering isnt an issue you just learn not to try turning the wheel when not moving.
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