I just checked my profile and realised that I joined this forum in 2009 but have never posted... today just arranged to view and hopefully buy my first VX220!
If I recall correctly I joined when I was helping my friend with one of his VX's (he's a member here and has owned a few... Hi Nicol...) At that time I was considering a VX220 but ended up buying a Honda S2000. The Honda is long gone as are most of the other cars I have had since then...
Anyway, skip forward to today and I've just arranged to go see a car which had been advertised on ebay. It's a red cat D repaired 2005 VX220 Turbo with low miles, it needs a bit of paintwork, some tyres, and despite the low mileage will be due a timing belt due to age.
So, first question, how tricky is the timing belt change and where would you recommend buying the parts if I go the DIY route? I am no mechanic but have a dry garage at home to work in and currently have some time on my hands... If it's a job best left to the experts just let me know.
Secondly, I know it was was listed as a cat D in 2014 and subsequently repaired. I understand that it has likely been remapped but has a standard exhaust and there are no other obvious modifications. Is there anything further you would recommend checking on a cat D car, or any other checks or tests which are unique to the VX turbo in general which I should do prior to putting it into regular use?
Anyway, probably enough for my first post, I'm sure if I end up buying it I will be on here more regularly than I have been since 2009...