Hi our 1993 Applause goes very well, we bought it s/h in May 2005 with 165,400 kM on the speedo.
First start each day, the engine has mechanically noisy idle. Minutes later and for the rest of the trip it is inaudible with the windows closed. Performance, fuel consumption, all fine. It has started at first attempt so we are Pleased As Punch.
I can think of three possible reasons for the racket:
1. Ig timing too advanced and recovers in minutes (EFI model)
2. Piston slap (intend to replace engine oil with highest available viscosity, multigrade of course)
3. Engine mounts hardened with age but loosen up after a couple of miles, and then become nicely elastic after exercise. Becoming Grumpy Old Men next morning.
Any of you had these symptoms and found solutions??