i bought the 03 cabrio here in australia with burned valves for 1000 bucks.
the car has black paint and heated leather seats and the 6 speed paddle shift sequential by getrag.
as i said the motor suffered a catastrophic failure due to the general motors piston rings. i didnt know this until later... read on. the motor was fully rebuilt and the exhaust manifod had cracks in it so it was replaced also. the car ran fine on its new turbo until one day smoke started pouring out the back, the turbo was immediately blamed as it appeared to be leaking past the journal of the turbine housing.
as i mentioned the rings... the piston rings have a tendancy to collapse under boost, a characteristic of racing and drag cars that can leave people scratching their oil soaked head. the motor was pulled out and a custom made turbo was installed, hand made by two different companies one to hand make it and one to balance it (the latter being the balancing guru) turns out that the garrett gt12 is the worlds fastest spinning turbo at an insane 260,000rpm with no ball bearing in the world capable of 160,000+
this created a serious problem because the rings would collapse and push the oil out of the turbo, the dipstick hole etc, basically one huge mess
next rebuild was new pistons and rings, shaved head to raise compression slightly, full port and polish, conventional "m14" platinum spark plugs (tired of m12 thread) new journal for the turbo, and drag racing flexible teflon silicone oil pipes to allow the turbo to swing in and out when rebuilt.
boom blew oil out everywhere on new pistons... why... woops forgot to put gapless drag racing piston rings from the usa and have the new italian pistons modified to suit... my bad.
having done that and putting big beefy injectors in it, car wouldnt run without dripping at idle. completely unnaceptable for a smart car driver.
we all make mistakes, installed the wrong map on the ecu... game over for almost 3 years