F6A or K6A?
Which one is the one to have? Or does it not really make a difference to the overall fun factor?
I have been looking for a 4/5 seater for a while but after purchasing a Mazda 6 as a backup for any full family journeys I am getting an itch for some cheap 2 seater fun!
The K6A has slightly more torque and chain rather than belt driven cams but there aren't that many about and most of them are JDM imports. The F6A is much more common and just as much fun to drive.
Whichever you decide to go for join ClubCappo and read the buyers guide on there - these cars are a minefield for RUST!!! The odds are the F6A/K6A wont be a factor in what you buy, it will be down to the condition of the car.
I'm sure Andy will be along shortly to add his words of wisdom, he knows a lot more about them than me
There is much more knowledge over here about the F6A than the K6A because ss Don said there are far more F6As than K6As.
One word of warning, owning a Cappo is far from cheap. In order to get a decent car to begin with is likely to cost more than more mainstream alternatives. Rust as Don mentioned is the thing to look out for. If it's made of metal it needs checking for corrosion. Sadly many of the cars are suffering as Suzuki never applied proper rust proofing to the cars when they were imported. Find a solid one that has been treated however and you'll be fine. Parts are also more expensive as there aren't many aftermarket pattern parts available at all. All that said you won't find many other cars capable of putting a smile on your face like the Cappo can and, provided you take your time and find a good one, you will not regret it.
The ones I have seen advertised so far are stretching between £3000-£4000, for a good looking low mileage example, but I Havn't been to view them yet so not sure what they're really like. Is that the right sort of money or are they high trade prices?
The only other idea I had was an MX-5 but they're abit of a common sight round my area and although the handling is excellent they all look the same and everyone has the same idea of what to make them look like.
I have considered a Daihatsu Copen Aswel but would much prefer a Cappuncino if I can find the right example.
For that price you would want it to be a nice, rust free example. To pay that price you would want proof that it is solid. Unfortunately to do that you need to see under the carpets (as the Cappo likes to rust from the inside out) which most dealers probably won't entertain but private sellers should be more than happy to show you. You can get an idea by pushing the seats forward and pressing hard against the rear bulkhead and also where it joins to the floorpan.
There are a couple of members selling their cars over on ClubCappo at the minute and I would think they would be willing for proper inspections to take place. If you're not already signed up just register for an account (don't forget to send the confirmation email) and have a look.
Thanks for the info, will get registered on there. Like I say iV purchased a mazda 6 for now so I have time to look for a good example, will probably be after Japfest 2 just incase I see something there that I get an urge to buy instead. Usually happens.