As much as I'd love to own such a great example as your GT obviously is, I simply couldn't stretch to that amount and I'm in no position to obtain a loan to bridge the gap.
It's funny really, I now feel further away from owning another Alfa than ever before. Maybe Alfa ownership isn't conducive with being on a budget and I should go down the same road as the other 99% of the population and buy a VW or Ford.
that certainly was not my intention!
but honestly you may have a point..I would not spend 3.5k on a GT if that was my entire budget , as I know it would be to slow in stock form to live with so obligatory egr delete and re-map required, then it's likely the clutch will fail at some point soon after, so there is almost 1k, add a tyre or a few bulbs,some pads or discs and all of a sudden...
I have not even gneo into cambelts Maf's and turbo hoses or suspension!..and it's all completely normal on any diesel car over say 65k mileage which is why so many are sold then, before the big bills hit, I would rather buy a high miler with everything done. MUCH cheaper in the medium and long term.
what you could do is buy a cf3 GT, 04/05 with no flaps..they can be had for as litte as £1500 , but again you are still potentially looking at all the same problems, with one difference.
you have a contingency fund of 2k to deal with it all...
so if it were me I would buy an 04/05 with as much history and evidence of work as you can find, go and look at as many as you can. be prepared to travel, sometimes the ones up in Scotland and the East coast (Norfolk/Suffolk ) can be had for 30% cheaper than down south..
if engine management is on either read the codes before you buy it or walk away, anything power train related could cost £5 or £500 no way of knowing.
if the turbo is whistling, walk away
if it smokes excessively under load without any obvious reason ,walk away
any electrics issues that involve weird gremlins, unless its a really old battery, walk away.
leaky oil cooler or rusted unions, yup walk away.
and this last bit of advice is vital if you want to own any italian car...
get handy with both the spanners and a laptop or phone with some good diagnostics.
this one looks a good shout at the money..
Alfa Romeo GT 1.9 JTDM 16v 2dr
otherwise the Punto you posted look fine to me, as it's petrol no emmisions related stuff like EGR and flaps ,should be quick enough to be fun and looks a really nice little car...
when I sell mine i will replace with a GTV V6, I promise you that there WILL be a contingency fund in place!!! I would rather buy at 3k with 3k left for unexpected work ,than buy for 6k and have to do the ''unexpected'' work anyway...it's just the nature of buying a used car of any marque really, and a bit more so with Alfa.
final point,mileage is pretty irrelevent on the JTD engine, mine has 110k on the clock is pushing out nearly 80 BHP over stock, and is utterly reliable and starts on the first turn of the key every time, so don't be afraid of higher mileages, maintenance is more important for example,no point in buying that red clover at £4500 with 65k on the clock ,as I guarantee you there is 2k worth of bills around a very very close corner...now if it had 85k on the clock I would buy it, as all the big stuff will be done, or it would be off the road.
good luck whatever you decide...