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I like to buy 146 - 1996

I am the new one here. I would like to buy for my wife a 146. I found an imported (from Italy) 146, 1.6, 1996. It looks great, no scraches, 71500 km, red, air condition... The price is OK. But I would like to know what is important when I check that car. I read the posts about similar thema but would like to know as follows:
What quality are the gear boxes? Usualy the older ones have problems with 2nd gear.
Does every Alfa 146 have 2 airbags (or there are some without airbags)?
What about absorbers? They have also been a bad thing on Alfa's!
My wife will drive mostly in the city in low rpm and make about 5000 km/year. Is it good for that type of car?
What's the consumption (city, open)?
Thank you in advance.
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Re: I like to buy 146 - 1996


I am no expert on the boxers but i hope I can answer some of your questions.

The gearbox is suppost to be the weak point on the boxers, it causes them to be noisy while driving. To test this, put the clutch in while in gear stationary and if it makes a rumble sound, that is bad sign.

IIRC Only alfas 1998 on have the two airbags, ie driver and passenger also side air bags which are in the seats.

Driving around town does no engine good but you wont find the engine will have any problems with this type of driving.

I don't know the MPG or KM/L of the 1.6 boxer but don't expect it to be amazing the boxer is quite an old engine design.

Hope this helps
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