3200GT Steering Rack

CT3200GT

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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.
Yes I know, I felt the same when the car spent 6 weeks in the garage until all the refurbishments and repairs got sorted during the nice summer weather..Then I got her back, did some nice trips, pushed her up to 170 miles/hour which I couldn’t believe that this beast still can do so easily (17 years old car) so all my faith in her came back...
 

conaero

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Yes, 4200 front subframes are becoming a regular issue I’m seeing.

Last week, a 2006 GS was beyond repair, it was horrific!

They rot from the inside out so if you see a cheap one, grab it.
 

davy83

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Owning a 3200 is a real mixed bag and yes it involves a lot of grief. However once you have had a while with it running well you will either hate it and get rid of it or think you are in heaven and never get rid of it. Its some thing a bit more than the sum of it parts, hard to put your finger on it, but I always feel when you go some where in the 3200 the car is an integral part of the journey, its a lot more than just getting from A to B. One member on here described the 3200 as "mad as a bag of frogs" and this is about as good a desription as i have seen. I have had my car 12 years now and the first 2 years were awful, so many problems and a steep learning curve for me too. But I have driven to Europe 3 times now and had many great trips in the UK up into the Highlands and the car has been magnificent, quite irreplacable. My car runs quite well these days and its just fabulous and I am no longer despondent when some thing stupid fails and I cant get parts, or they cost a fortune, its just part of owning it. Stick with it sir, the car is quite rewarding once the gremlins are sorted. I would also advise you to drive it whenever possible and not get too hung up on the smaller problems as the car will throw enough real problems at you to keep you busy.
 

Oneball

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Owning a 3200 is a real mixed bag and yes it involves a lot of grief. However once you have had a while with it running well you will either hate it and get rid of it or think you are in heaven and never get rid of it. Its some thing a bit more than the sum of it parts, hard to put your finger on it, but I always feel when you go some where in the 3200 the car is an integral part of the journey, its a lot more than just getting from A to B. One member on here described the 3200 as "mad as a bag of frogs" and this is about as good a desription as i have seen. I have had my car 12 years now and the first 2 years were awful, so many problems and a steep learning curve for me too. But I have driven to Europe 3 times now and had many great trips in the UK up into the Highlands and the car has been magnificent, quite irreplacable. My car runs quite well these days and its just fabulous and I am no longer despondent when some thing stupid fails and I cant get parts, or they cost a fortune, its just part of owning it. Stick with it sir, the car is quite rewarding once the gremlins are sorted. I would also advise you to drive it whenever possible and not get too hung up on the smaller problems as the car will throw enough real problems at you to keep you busy.
I’m not too worried about the smaller problems. Battery drain was an issue as it wouldn’t last 4 days but that’s sorted.

Steering wouldn’t pass an MOT, brakes probably would but you can’t get it locked up in the wet and the leak makes it unusable in this country (I reckon it’s leaked since new). Once they are sorted it will be usable. Just worried about the seats.
 

davy83

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Trouble with seats is it depends what shape you are!! I like the seats and reckon they are great on long trips and when I broke my spine last year it was the car that gave me the least problem driving, so i like them :) Perhaps you need to just mess about with the position a bit to get it just right?
 

Gp79

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Yes, 4200 front subframes are becoming a regular issue I’m seeing.

Last week, a 2006 GS was beyond repair, it was horrific!

They rot from the inside out so if you see a cheap one, grab it.
Not good reading, when and where did you see this?
 

babel 101

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[QUOTE = "alfatwo, post: 667752, miembro: 2955"] Solo véndelo y compre Porsche entonces ... y comience de nuevo

¡Los de Porsche cuestan un centavo y todos se ven iguales!

Los masers, por otro lado, son especiales, especialmente raros, antiguos 3200:)

Si no estás de acuerdo ...

Dave [/ CITA]
 

babel 101

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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
The porsche 996's broken the engine (IMS) :)
 

Oneball

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The porsche 996's broken the engine (IMS) :)
Can’t be any worse than 3200GTs judging by the people on here!

One day I’ll own a Porsche 996, that and a V8 Vantage are about the only two cars I’ve always wanted, haven’t owned and can still afford.

I’ve been pretty lucky to own some of things that I’ve always wanted. The ones that stick in my mind are:

Proper Mini - still got one, there’s now whole generations of motorists who have missed out on driving one.

Ducati 996 - as good as you’d imagine, as uncomfortable as you’d imagine, 100% reliable.

MGB - possibly the best balanced car ever made, best gearchange ever.

TVR Grantura - didn’t like it, one of only 2 cars I’ve ever made money on

TVR Tuscan - didn’t like it, may be a theme there!

Alpina B3 s - best car I’ve ever owned

BMW r1150gs - everybit as good as the press says.

Alfa 147 - it’s an Alfa!

VW Beetle (real one) - will teach you how to drive properly

Land Rover s2 - fun to drive at 40mph, crash box, doesn’t go much faster!

Subaru Legacy - fast, comfy, slightly dull

Harley - everything they say is true but hysterical fun.

Loads of KTMs - all slightly psycho

Maserati - jury is still out

And a whole host of German, French, Spanish and British stuff that doesn’t really merit a mention. There’s also a few things that have massively disappointed and didn’t buy such as Esprit Turbo and just about every 4 cylinder Japanese bike.
 

Lozzer

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Can’t be any worse than 3200GTs judging by the people on here!

One day I’ll own a Porsche 996, that and a V8 Vantage are about the only two cars I’ve always wanted, haven’t owned and can still afford.

I’ve been pretty lucky to own some of things that I’ve always wanted. The ones that stick in my mind are:

Proper Mini - still got one, there’s now whole generations of motorists who have missed out on driving one.

Ducati 996 - as good as you’d imagine, as uncomfortable as you’d imagine, 100% reliable.

MGB - possibly the best balanced car ever made, best gearchange ever.

TVR Grantura - didn’t like it, one of only 2 cars I’ve ever made money on

TVR Tuscan - didn’t like it, may be a theme there!

Alpina B3 s - best car I’ve ever owned

BMW r1150gs - everybit as good as the press says.

Alfa 147 - it’s an Alfa!

VW Beetle (real one) - will teach you how to drive properly

Land Rover s2 - fun to drive at 40mph, crash box, doesn’t go much faster!

Subaru Legacy - fast, comfy, slightly dull

Harley - everything they say is true but hysterical fun.

Loads of KTMs - all slightly psycho

Maserati - jury is still out

And a whole host of German, French, Spanish and British stuff that doesn’t really merit a mention. There’s also a few things that have massively disappointed and didn’t buy such as Esprit Turbo and just about every 4 cylinder Japanese bike.
Being a bit harsh on the Mazzer there I think, the MGB yes sir, still wish I had my Trans am, sold that for peanuts!:rolleyes:
 

Oneball

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Being a bit harsh on the Mazzer there I think, the MGB yes sir, still wish I had my Trans am, sold that for peanuts!:rolleyes:
To be fair I have only done 400 miles in the Maserati but the ride is pretty much perfect, I do think the engine is brilliant and they look fabulous
 

TimR

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The porsche 996's broken the engine (IMS) :)
True that...Not just IMS failures.... but bore scoring ( inadequate oil cooling reaching 5&6) & constant coil pack failure..
Sure, can all be fixed if you a buy a nice 40 Jahre car with X50 pack as standard ( increased sump capacity and baffled which reduces bore scoring issues ) but you still need to replace the IMS bearing with an oil fed solution and this is an expensive little job !
You got to love 'em...!
 

Lozzer

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Which Trans Am?

I haven’t looked at prices recently but a second generation one is another to add to my list of want one day.
Yeah, was a 2nd gen late '74 , had a '79 and '86 after that , let them go for next to nowt, a bit like the 3200 is now, couldn't give them away! A good 2nd gen could set you back 15-20k now, the first one I bought for £800 and sold it for less than that, they do suffer badly from the tin worm though.:eek: