Hi guys, I've just put a deposit down on a 2000 W 146 1.6 ts with 70k - I collect her next week...
Is there anything I should do / check straight away to avert any nasty shocks?
It's a one owner car from a lease company with loads of history, it drives sweetly, and has very nice charcoal leather seats
I'm a total newbie when it comes to italian cars - I've always gone for german in the past - so I'm crossing everything I can cross in the hope that this little Alfa lives up to my high standards of quality and reliability...
Very good. Leather is a nice addition.
If the cam belt was replaced as a standard service back in the 50-60k timeframe, you shouldn't need to do much more... check oil and the rest.
Start her up cold and if it sounds diesel-ish then the variator will need doing in the near future. This should have been done on the cambelt service.
yep - jack it up. Lever the front suspension arm mountings and see if the bushes have failed (it's a bit of a weak point). If it has (And if the balljoints are OK) seriously consider replacing the bushes with Powerflex ones. It means a day of burning out the old ones though...............
Should you not fancy that then the arms are easy to replace whole.
The front bush is the one to look at - it tears out of it's shell.
oh and it's well worth replacing the anti - roll bar bushes as well - particularly the drop links. Another easy job which has a significant impact.....
I think McGuinn has covered the major thing - cambelt and variator!
You may be pleasantly surprised by the reliability - mine is doing 22,000 miles a year without any major hiccups (apart from the occasional frozen handbrake when i forget to leave it off on cold nights........)
Thanks for the advice guys - she was started from cold and sounded quiet and smooth - with that evocative Italia 'zing' when revved. Larrrvlee!
I've always had volkswagens or porsches (924s - practically VWs anyway!) in the past, but my current two have been less than teutonic, a highly strung Passat VR6 that I love but has had various new sensors, a coilpack, plugs, leads etc, and a 1996 Polo that demanded a rebuilt gearbox from me and is showing signs of rust
I've finally lost my rose-tinted spectacles!
So it's its time for a bit of a change. I'll keep you posted on my experiences with this italian temptress, and in the meantime, if anyone is interested in an immaculate 93 L Passat VR6 estate with 103k and a very pampered engine(!) I'm looking for £2800 ovno
If it's from a leasing co. (like mine was originally) you can be reasonably confident that the servicing has been done more or less by the book, and the lease co should be able to provide you with evidence (I have a basic print out of date, place, short description e.g. tyres, service etc and cost).
However I think that the book says change the cambelt at 72000 miles. At least if yours hasn't been done yet, you'll have the chance to change the variator and idlers. Mine had done 80000+ when it left the lease co and so the belt had been changed at 72000 - but not (i suspect) the variator.
It might be worth checking that there aren't any loose airbag wires (yellow) under the seats where they might be grabbed by someone trying to adjust the seat (go on, ask me how I know )
Cheers johne - The lease history was a big selling point for me - there is a printout of all the work done with the car's history, but I wasn't aware of the cambelt issue when I looked at the car so I didn't notice whether it had been done. Guess I'll find out when I collect the car. The variator certainly isn't making any noises (yet) but if it's still on it's original cambelt I'll do the whole shibang. What sort of price am I looking at from a good specialist?
Thanks for the tip on the wires - I'll be checking it over with a fine toothcomb for quality glitches to fix, cos I'm a fussy fella...