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there are lots of threads on the issues of various incarnations. For SCs, look for a pop-off valve on the airbox and oil-fed chain tensioners. Unless you find a total garage queen, the clutch will have been replace, and you just need to make sure they didn't put a rubber-centered unit in. The other gotcha is head studs breaking. This can be checked when you get your pre-purchase inspection done, by pulling the valve covers and seeing if anything falls out. Unless the previous owner replaced the head studs, at some point one or more could break...no predicting, and no apparent pattern.

Other than that the cars are pretty robust, but given their age stuff wears out and has to be replaced. If you find one with an anal previous owner, you will likely have a stack of serviced records and a bunch of stuff fixed/replaced. That is the car to buy. If you get a nice shiny one with no history and don't get a ppi done by a good independent shop, you could be in for an expensive ride.
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