Hi. New member here. I am seriously considering taking the plunge and buying a Seven. Been researching and considering for a while. Have finally got the funds free to do so. Im going to test drive and view one in a couple of weeks. I normally like to put together a list of common issues on cars to look out for and how to spot them. I have searched the forum here and online and cant find a 2nd hand Caterham buying checklist. So thought I would put one together for the spec of Caterham Im going to be looking at. It would be very handy if people who know the car well could give me a steer as to what need to look out for and techniques for identifying if the car suffers from these issues. So far I havent got a very long list. The car Ive been looking for is an original special edition Superlight. The one im looking at is a year 2000 1.6 K series 135bhp unmodified example. 6 Speed gearbox, LSD, Dedion suspension, 4 pot brakes, Full wet weather gear, Heater. It has quite low miles of 3200.
So far on the list to look out for is:
Head Gasket failure - White smoke from exhaust, overheating engine, white milky oil,
Corrosion where chassis meets body work - I've been told sometimes rust occurs under the sills if you get your head or hands under and feel it is possible to spot. Is there anywhere else that can easily be reached without jack or tools to identify corrosion.
Incorrect mileage - Other than checking the history etc best sign of this appears to be whether the car has wear on the steering wheel, gear stick, seats, pedals that would not match the advertised mileage.
Any other things to look out for would be most useful. I of course will post the completed list back on to the forum for others starting out on the Caterham journey to use.