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Hi/Buying a GT /147(newbie)

Hi all on this forum,
A lifetime admirer of AlfaRomeo but never managed to buy one somehow..With midlife crisis creeping in I decided to go and get one for the fun factor.As always there are other expenditures around (wife is buying a brick to drive kids around) so I got left over around £1500.



I have seen some GT s (which I really like) on autotrader (9 of them atm-http://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-search?make=ALFA%20ROMEO&model=GT&postcode=nw44sh& radius=1500&onesearchad=Used&price-to=1500&search-target=usedcars&is-quick-search=true&quicksearch=true).

I do not mind petrol or diesel but a 2L would be my limit .Also I am not planing to drive more than 3k a year (the other car will be the major runaround -this is something for sunny days

Was wondering if with this money can I can get a decent one ? I do not mind some minor ish mechanical work in the future but really do not fancy clutch/major repairs etc).
Your views are much appreciated.
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Don't bother with a diesel if you're only doing 3k miles annually. They only make sense when doing 10k miles or more.

You can definitely get some good cars for around that money in the UK. The MAJOR thing to watch out for is the cambelt service. It needs changing every 3 years or 36k miles (iirc), whichever comes first, and is a relatively costly service so definitely make sure to check when the belt AND tensioners/water pump were last changed. If it is due for another cambelt within the first 6-12 months of your ownership it will give you some bargaining power.

Other than that, knocks or thuds when going over bumps at low speed is usually a sign that the front wishbones and bushes need replacing. It can also suggest that the ARB bushings need replacing as well. This isn't overly difficult or major and can be done yourself if you've got a spare weekend and the right tools. Though the parts bill will definitely be a few hundred quid (and only ever buy TRW wishbones).

If on a test drive, the car doesn't get to 90 degrees on the temp gauge and pretty much sit there, that indicates that the thermostat needs replacing. Incredibly easy job and about 40-50 quid in parts and a definite DIY (2-3 hours at most - less if you're handy with the tools).

If the clutch makes a slightly groaning or scraping sound when engaging/releasing the pedal and feels quite heavy.....walk away. Signs of the clutch release bearing going and will mean a new clutch assembly in the not too distant future.

I'm sure others will add many more things but they are some of the basics to look at. Also check Alfa Workshops buyers guides for 147's and GT's.

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If the temp gage is not at 90, and it's diesel doesn't mean thermostat is dodgy. I have gt diesel and it always low temp unless your thrashing it which it sits at 90


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If the temp gage is not at 90, and it's diesel doesn't mean thermostat is dodgy. I have gt diesel and it always low temp unless your thrashing it which it sits at 90
Mine gets up to temp and sits solid at 90 even when I'm pottering about like an OAP, you sure yours is 100% healthy?
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Get a GT, people will argue against this but I feel they're a more special car than the 147/156. The 147 is fun and like a go cart but is just a small hatch. I love my 156 and is comfortable drive but a blast in my 3.2 GT has me grinning from ear to ear.

So for your purposes a 1.8ts GT would be ideal. Or 2.0jts, slightly more power but more fragile.
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If the proposed budget includes purchase, tax, insurance and the gamut of typical secondhand Alfa fettling, is the target feasible?
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I was assuming £1500 was for just car. If you're hoping to buy, tax, insure and budget for maintenance then that's a big ask!
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£1500 will likely buy you problems in a GT unless you are VERY lucky.

1.8 TS is out because they only came in blacklines or cloverleafs so will very likely be out of your budget.

Leaving a 2.0 jts with some miles on it.

Not an impossible purchase but a big ask for sure without some fettling and a JTS engine could easily hit your wallet for £500 or more the first time a decent specialist opens the bonnet. A cambelt and one or two unexpected's and you are already there.

I would up your budget by £500..in all honesty this is likely to happen anyway for a GT.

Alternatively if you go with a 147, a pre facelift with a 2.0 TS in Lusso spec it would be within budget and in terms of engine at least a much better choice than the GT.

Interior is much the same but agree the GT is prettier..

How handy are you with spanners? As you could save a lot there if you can do some bits yourself making the GT a more viable option.
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There's a nice 156 with a busso on offer in this forum within your budget.
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Mine gets up to temp and sits solid at 90 even when I'm pottering about like an OAP, you sure yours is 100% healthy?


I'm assuming so, all diesels I've had never seem to get high temp up to 90... never over heated or gone slightly over 90?


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There's a nice 156 with a busso on offer in this forum within your budget.
This. If you have £1500 to buy a car get this. Very few 2.5 156's out there so this is a rare beast, I have a 156 and they are fun. Perfect weekend car, Busso engine too.
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Buy this, http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-...-for-sale.html (156 2.5 v6 CF2 For Sale)

Please. Before I do and my wife divorces me!
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