There are a few minor/easy to fix issues with the car. It recently ran out of battery when the alternator cable corroded. I’ve replaced the cable but it still runs out of juice after a while. It may need either a new battery – about $100 from Canadian Tire, or a new alternator – $290 from Lordco. Luckily both the battery and the alternator are accessible and easy to replace, but I just don’t have the time to take a look at them. As mentioned the brakes work very well, but are quite squeaky, some new brake pads should remedy this. The exhaustÂ has been patched up at certain places, it works and sounds absolutely fine but if you were buying this car to restore to perfect condition, you may want to replace it. At some point along the lines, we lost the key to the ignition. We’ve had a new key cut to fit the doors, but couldn’t get the ignition out to cut a new key for that. So the ignition has been drilled out and a dummy ignition installed on the left side of the steering wheel. New ignitions are easy to find on ebay and are not expensive, but again, lack of time has prevented us from installing a new one. The car still starts and functions with the fix.
The A/C is questionable – heat works really really well, but cold air is maybe not as cold as it should be. At least compared to newer vehicles. We’ve also never figured out how to work the cruise control, it’s not very intuitive and seems to just speed up. This is something I really wouldn’t use anyway so never put the effort into figuring it out!
Other than that, it has a few random sounds here and there and a fuse will go once in a while, but all of this is more than expected with a car such as this – it’s part of the fun and character of owning a true classic!