3200GT Steering Rack

Oneball

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Just sell it and buy Porsche then.... and start all over again

Porsche's are two a penny, and they all look the same!

Masers on the other hand are special, especially rare old 3200's:)

If your not up for it...

Dave
I’ve spent so much time on this the last 3 months I’ve not had chance to strip the engine on the race car or even fix the stuck float on the bike.

I reckon that £9k car that’s being broken would need less work.

Replaced/fixed so far:

Clutch pedal bush
Throttle pedal potentiometer
Stuck seat motor
Water leak from fuel filler
Front speakers due to short
Amplifier due to battery drain
Front right damper (seized mech)
Rear heater duct (broken)
Remove whole dash to get object from heater
Glove box light
Boot light (wasn’t there)
Bodged relay
Bodged wiring
Interior rattles (things left by mechanics)
Remove bodged charger cable
Remove tracker (battery drain)
Sticky buttons, ashtray, glovebox handle, etc
Refurb gear linkage
Replace radio
Broken/missing trim clips and screws


Still to do:
Find and fix brake fault
Fix steering
Fix front water leak
Fix outside temp sensor (too low won’t let air con work)
Various other minor stuff
 

Geo

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No wonder you're getting to the end of your tether. That's like an SAS course, just when you think you're over the worst bit, you get hit with something even harder! I feel for you.
 

zagatoes30

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Looks like pretty standard 3200 woes, lots of little niggles but it is the same with most cars of this age
 

Oneball

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Looks like pretty standard 3200 woes, lots of little niggles but it is the same with most cars of this age
Up until two years ago I ran a 1995 525i as a daily at the same time I had a 2004 Alpina and a 1999 Ducati 996 so I don’t believe it’s an age thing.

I replaced the 525i with a 540i which I was conned by a private seller and at the same time bought a TVR that needed work.

The effort required to sort those two out was too much so this time I bought one of the lowest mileage, most expensive 3200s from a respected dealer so I didn’t have to constantly work on it. Most of this stuff isn’t a recent occurrence, it’d have been known to the previous owner. I made a mistake and bought the wrong car. I’ve learned my lesson and it won’t happen again.
 

BuckRog64

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Bet you are regretting opting out of the 6 month warranty! Nonetheless, I'm surprised the dealer, or specialist who gave the car a clean bill of health, have not offered to help out with at least some of the repairs.
 

Oneball

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Bet you are regretting opting out of the 6 month warranty! Nonetheless, I'm surprised the dealer, or specialist who gave the car a clean bill of health, have not offered to help out with at least some of the repairs.
I didn’t opt out of anything, no warranty given due to the age of the car.
 

conaero

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I’ve spent so much time on this the last 3 months I’ve not had chance to strip the engine on the race car or even fix the stuck float on the bike.

I reckon that £9k car that’s being broken would need less work.

Replaced/fixed so far:

Clutch pedal bush
Throttle pedal potentiometer
Stuck seat motor
Water leak from fuel filler
Front speakers due to short
Amplifier due to battery drain
Front right damper (seized mech)
Rear heater duct (broken)
Remove whole dash to get object from heater
Glove box light
Boot light (wasn’t there)
Bodged relay
Bodged wiring
Interior rattles (things left by mechanics)
Remove bodged charger cable
Remove tracker (battery drain)
Sticky buttons, ashtray, glovebox handle, etc
Refurb gear linkage
Replace radio
Broken/missing trim clips and screws


Still to do:
Find and fix brake fault
Fix steering
Fix front water leak
Fix outside temp sensor (too low won’t let air con work)
Various other minor stuff
Ah, its all fun though isn't it and you sound a bit like me. If its not perfect it annoys me.

Just look at it all as restoration and saving a classic. Be grateful your engine didn't end float at 34k miles and ruin your 2008 Xmas worrying about it after Meridien said it was the last 3200 engine at the factory and it was £16k plus fitting, plus VAT!
 

Oneball

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Ah, its all fun though isn't it and you sound a bit like me. If its not perfect it annoys me.

Just look at it all as restoration and saving a classic. Be grateful your engine didn't end float at 34k miles and ruin your 2008 Xmas worrying about it after Meridien said it was the last 3200 engine at the factory and it was £16k plus fitting, plus VAT!
That was last Easter with a 12 month service that turned into an £8.5k engine rebuild on the TVR.

Engine is currently out of the race car due to end float, that needs a new crank but I knew it was iffy when I rebuilt it last time.

Just generally hacked off.
 

Oneball

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I’ve made a few enquiries about s/h racks.

Let’s hope you don’t have to take the engine out or anything stupid to change it.
 

conaero

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Stick with it, the sun will be out in a few months....you'll be hooning around with the window down and the winter blues will be a distant memory.
 

Oneball

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David Askew’s got one so hopefully will get it in the new year.

Stick with it, the sun will be out in a few months....you'll be hooning around with the window down and the winter blues will be a distant memory.
Don’t mention the sun, this will be the first time since 1997 that I don’t have a convertible.

Having only done about 400 miles I’m not sure but does anyone else find the 3200 seats a bit weird?
 
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CT3200GT

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I’ve spent so much time on this the last 3 months I’ve not had chance to strip the engine on the race car or even fix the stuck float on the bike.

I reckon that £9k car that’s being broken would need less work.

Replaced/fixed so far:

Clutch pedal bush
Throttle pedal potentiometer
Stuck seat motor
Water leak from fuel filler
Front speakers due to short
Amplifier due to battery drain
Front right damper (seized mech)
Rear heater duct (broken)
Remove whole dash to get object from heater
Glove box light
Boot light (wasn’t there)
Bodged relay
Bodged wiring
Interior rattles (things left by mechanics)
Remove bodged charger cable
Remove tracker (battery drain)
Sticky buttons, ashtray, glovebox handle, etc
Refurb gear linkage
Replace radio
Broken/missing trim clips and screws


Still to do:
Find and fix brake fault
Fix steering
Fix front water leak
Fix outside temp sensor (too low won’t let air con work)
Various other minor stuff
I understand your disappointment. What I learnt during searching to buy my 3200 is that because most of these cars were not daily drivers and regardless of mileage and price, they have not been looked after properly by previous owners as they are expensive to maintain and had problems fixed temporarily etc. Mine was kept in a garage by a collector for 7 years and despite being generally a very well maintained car ( and expensive as well) I still had to pay a considerable amount of money to an excellent Maserati independent garage in order to sort out various issues that came up as soon as I got the car but obviously were not highlighted by the Ferrari dealer who sold me the car. Now I know the car is in excellent condition but I also know that if someone had carried out all this work they would likely not have sold the car but kept in.
Generally if someone has a 3200 that is really pristine they simply won’t sell it, because the reality is that once the issues are sorted the 3200 is a great car to enjoy- obviously everyone has their personal taste but for me it is the modern classic I always wanted.
I hope you sort her out soon and enjoy her!
Christos
 

Oneball

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Thanks Christos, I guess at the moment it’s difficult to like a car I’ve not really driven and has generally sat on the drive in bits since I bought it.
 

Lozzer

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Just goes to show, and I hope you get sorted and get to enjoy the beast you have, I really do, and I might get flamed for this, but for me mileage is not important! How people can demand top dollar for a low miler is beyond me. I see a low miler description as yep, it's spent most of its life being fixed. Like I said I really wish you all the best with it. Chin up! :) What a car you will have when sorted!
 

Oneball

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Just goes to show, and I hope you get sorted and get to enjoy the beast you have, I really do, and I might get flamed for this, but for me mileage is not important! How people can demand top dollar for a low miler is beyond me. I see a low miler description as yep, it's spent most of its life being fixed. Like I said I really wish you all the best with it. Chin up! :) What a car you will have when sorted!
I’m not going to flame you because you’re right.

Like I said made a mistake with this one, should have bought Zep’s GS. Mileage doesn’t normally bother me, my Merc’s got over 130k on it now.

But you’re right it does affect people it took me 6 months to sell me E34 as people told me miles were too high and it didn’t have x service in 1998. Worst thing was the bloke who bought just wanted the engine and scrapped the rest, plate is now on a Citroen Picasso. Utterly gutted.

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Lozzer

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I’m not going to flame you because you’re right.

Like I said made a mistake with this one, should have bought Zep’s GS. Mileage doesn’t normally bother me, my Merc’s got over 130k on it now.

But you’re right it does affect people it took me 6 months to sell me E34 as people told me miles were too high and it didn’t have x service in 1998. Worst thing was the bloke who bought just wanted the engine and scrapped the rest, plate is now on a Citroen Picasso. Utterly gutted.

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Kudos mate, my comments weren't aimed at you persoanally, but to the low mileage fraternity that exist in this country, not so much elsewhere, it's a shallow view imo, 60/70/80/90/100k and the car must be fubar? Mind you the market is a lot to blame, PCP?, HP?, I think I'm drifting into the Brexit thread here , just running the country on debt....
 

Zep

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Like I said made a mistake with this one, should have bought Zep’s GS.
Your sentiment is well received! :)

I did the same with my car, an initial purchase and then a solid effort to get it to the place I wanted it. When you have finished you will have a solid car which you will have fully bonded with. It will make the experiences you have when the road is dry and the twins are spinning all the sweeter.
 

alfatwo

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I’ve spent so much time on this the last 3 months I’ve not had chance to strip the engine on the race car or even fix the stuck float on the bike.

I reckon that £9k car that’s being broken would need less work.

Replaced/fixed so far:

Clutch pedal bush
Throttle pedal potentiometer
Stuck seat motor
Water leak from fuel filler
Front speakers due to short
Amplifier due to battery drain
Front right damper (seized mech)
Rear heater duct (broken)
Remove whole dash to get object from heater
Glove box light
Boot light (wasn’t there)
Bodged relay
Bodged wiring
Interior rattles (things left by mechanics)
Remove bodged charger cable
Remove tracker (battery drain)
Sticky buttons, ashtray, glovebox handle, etc
Refurb gear linkage
Replace radio
Broken/missing trim clips and screws


Still to do:
Find and fix brake fault
Fix steering
Fix front water leak
Fix outside temp sensor (too low won’t let air con work)
Various other minor stuff
That's nothing to worry about if you like the car, I spent 13k rebuilding the engine and fixing other stuff!
I've had my old 3200GT for about 9 years, its just really lovely now, every things sorted just like is was when it was new


Like in the old days when I first bought it, 14 hours gets you down to Nice;)

Dave
 

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Gp79

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I feel your pain but do think these are just your normal old car problems.

My GS has been a rolling restoration with hardly any of the issues picked up at the pre purchase inspection but I did buy the cheapest private sale at the time. (With a specialist full service history)

Over 4 years later and it is now in a good position.

My problems were:
Rotten subframes - replaced front and powder coated rear
Leaking heater matrix
Leaking rocket covers
Fan resistor failed
Reverse lever broken
All new brake pipes as corroded
Exhaust flaps seized
Central door locking problems
Window dipping problems
Abs fault
Plus a lot of other work as each job snow balled as well as normal service work.

For me it is part of the ownership experience, if I wasn’t prepared to do the work myself it would have been a non starter and I would have bought a 3yr old just to use.

You are in the right place for help and support.