AO Silver Member
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Dublin, Ireland.
Re: Just about to buy an alfa 146
Check exhaust boxes, exhaust can be up to €500.
Knocking/bangs over bumps... suspension is expensive.
On cold start, listen for diesel/chattering sound. It's normal to happen for about 2/3 seconds, but any longer it's a variator replacement.
Look for service history, and make sure that the timing-belt and tensioner has been replaced at 50k marks ~ish. If not £500 to replace. Must be done!
Tyre wear on inside of tyres... allignment/suspension issue.
These are examples of more common faults... I wouldn't expect to see many if any of them!