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    Default Considering B2K Purchase, Need Advice

    I'm considering the purchase of an '87 B2K coupe and I'm looking for some advice. I've owned an '87 (non-Callaway) coupe for almost 12 years now so I'm very familiar with most of the car. How do I assess the health/correctness/etc. of the B2K-specific bits? The car in question has 60k+ miles so it hasn't been just sitting for a couple decades. It is a 4+3 and I have no hands-on experience with that transmission (mine is an auto). It seems I've never read/heard many (any?) good things about that setup. It appears they have plenty of problems behind a standard L98 so I'm curious how they hold up to the 450+ ft-lb of torque on these turbos.

    What other pitfalls are there? I know there is a ton more plumbing (air, oil, re-routing of many other things). I suppose all of this is subject to typical aging in a 25-year-old car but are there any particular weak points? How about the turbos themselves? Have they proven fairly robust?

    I want to be able to drive this car like I do my current '87 and that is just spirited pleasure drives on weekends during the summer (I live in MN). Is this realistic? I realize that with the added complexity there will be more potential failures/leaks/etc. but in general, how are they to maintain?

    Thanks for any advice!

    BTW, does anyone know what happened to the Callaway Owner's Group website? It was working a couple weeks ago and now it isn't.

    AL

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    Considering B2K Purchase, Need Advice
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    COG Site, i was asking the same question?

    I'm from MN as well and now live in Phoenix, I sold Callaway's new in 87. They are a great car, I have 87-070. To answer your question you should be extreemly careful when looking at a B2K car. They can be a money pit unless you are a great wrench! Pesty things though, leaks a plenty. I would suggest that unless you are buying a driver really cheap $15k or so you should consider a low mileage survivor that is documented. I think that is best value currently.

    As to authentisity, you can't fake a B2K car, you can pull a original invoice and build sheet, but much easier just look on the console lid for the option string.

    Buy one and enjoy

    I10fwy
    87-070

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