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New GT owner - advice required

Good afternoon,

I've bought my first GT and would like some advice on the car itself as well as what to look out for with GTs in general - the only other Alfa I have owned was a GTV so I am aware that it pays to research Alfas to get some idea of what to expect and what to be wary of etc.

Any and all help much appreciated! If there are any previous posts that would be useful to me I apologise if I've not seen them and would appreciate a link to them.

All I know about it at the moment as due to pick it up before the weekend:

1.9 JTD
55 reg
Mileage: 108,000
MOT Expiry: November
Black iridescent paintwork with colour-coded wheels. New anti roll bar bushes are needed as they are knocking a bit when you drive on rough road, starting to rust slightly on skirts behind the front wheels.

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Don't let the owner fob you off that the arb bushes are cheap. To fit them the subframe needs to come off and a 55plate is likely to be rusty as hell underneath. If all the bolts can be removed easily then this is probably a 4 hour job.
Worth asking if the clutch is original and when it last had a timing belt and water pump.
Great car capable of high mileage once you've got up to date with servicing.
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Don't let the owner fob you off that the arb bushes are cheap. To fit them the subframe needs to come off and a 55plate is likely to be rusty as hell underneath. If all the bolts can be removed easily then this is probably a 4 hour job.
Worth asking if the clutch is original and when it last had a timing belt and water pump.
Great car capable of high mileage once you've got up to date with servicing.
thanks very much for your reply

any idea on a rough cost for getting the bushes replaced?

and how much roughly for timing belt and water pump?
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Not seen twin exhausts like that before. Look good.
However, over 10 years old with only 2 months of mot. Not worth a great deal of money. Don't let the shiny paint draw you in. Trade in on new car it would be worth £400 max. Without a ticket it's only worth breaking.
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thanks very much for your reply

any idea on a rough cost for getting the bushes replaced?

and how much roughly for timing belt and water pump?
Don't expect to pay less than £600 for big service and new arb bushes. Possibly more if subframe proves troublesome.
Good car but it's sold without 12months mot for a reason.
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I'm due to pay £1300 for it, which I thought seemed a good price even if I have to spend a few hundred on it...?
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how often should the timing belt and water pump be replaced?
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First of all, Do the ARB bushes really need replacing? They are coming up for the right age but it is equally likely that it is the droplinks that are knocking. Also, knocking ARB bushes aren't necessarily an MOT failure. If you can move the droplinks by hand with little effort then they are almost guaranteed to be knocking. Upper wishbones can also knock on rough roads. Both are cheap and trivialy easy to replace.

The ARB itself is a pain in the ass to replace but with good strategy it can be done. I have worked out a way to leave almost the whole suspension intact to replace it.

I would buy it and spend nothing fixing it straight away unless it is overdue a timing belt change but do treat the rust. Get a feel for it and what is wrong and what it is likely to need. Book it in for it's MOT 1 month before expiry then see what it fails on. you may get lucky.
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how often should the timing belt and water pump be replaced?
Every 60k or 5 years, whichever is soonest.

At 108k and 10 years old, it's due it's 2nd belt change now if it's not already had one in the recent past.
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Every 60k or 5 years, whichever is soonest.

At 108k and 10 years old, it's due it's 2nd belt change now if it's not already had one in the recent past.
Just asked owner - belt/pump done 4 years and 44k miles ago so getting near then. Know of any Alfa specialists in the north west? I'm in North Lancashire.

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Just asked owner - belt/pump done 4 years and 44k miles ago so getting near then. Know of any Alfa specialists in the north west? I'm in North Lancashire.



Thanks again everyone.

MVC in Sale is my closest. Autolusso in penrith as well.

I think it has a custom exhaust - never seen a standard with two pipes.


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MVC in Sale is my closest. Autolusso in penrith as well.

I think it has a custom exhaust - never seen a standard with two pipes.


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I'm due to pay £1300 for it, which I thought seemed a good price even if I have to spend a few hundred on it...?
Sorry to be so negative. £1300 is a good price if it costs £600 to give it a ticket and get its service up to date. That's a cheap years motoring in something very special.
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Sorry to be so negative. £1300 is a good price if it costs £600 to give it a ticket and get its service up to date. That's a cheap years motoring in something very special.
haha no worries, it's all good. I'm on here to get your brand of feedback so thanks!
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I recently bought mines, cloverleaf GT. Yes that's certainly an aftermarket exhaust system.

I have a similar problem with suspension knock coming somewhere from the rear end. Sounds like something is loose and knocking against each other.

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I recently bought mines, cloverleaf GT. Yes that's certainly an aftermarket exhaust system.

I have a similar problem with suspension knock coming somewhere from the rear end. Sounds like something is loose and knocking against each other.

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hopefully just a badly mounted exhaust.
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I physically moved the exhaust left and right, and it was moving all over the place! However I didn't hear any knocking noise?


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Push it back to front?

Fairly easy to spot a broken hanger if you get down on the floor for a look!
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I will have a look again and thoroughly check for any loose/broken hanger.




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