I bought an 18 moth old GT JTDM Lusso from an Alfa dealer, with 12,000 mile on the clock 5 months ago and to date this is the list of warranty work;
1. Replacement offside parking sensor surround, which had to be painted.
2. Replacement rear offside parking sensor and surround, both had to be painted
3. Drivers door seal
4. Hatchback rubber buffer
5. Rear nearside seat trim
6. Smart paint repair to rear bumper where small area of paint cracked
7. Door nodes both sides
8. Full clutch, clutch plate, dual mass fly wheel, fork, bushes and slave cylinder. (bottom bush had seized) all at 15,000 miles.
9. Hand brake cable (frayed boths sides)
10. Drive shaft gaiter (split)
11. Both interior door panels replaced (damaged during door node replacement)
12. Dent in bonnet taken out by Dent Devils, where I hit a bird. (not Alfas a fault)
13. Painted my own rusty wheel nuts hamerite silver.
I would say, check that the clutch pedal feels okay when it has warmed up because a clutch and dual mass flywheel is over £1000 if you have to pay for it out your own pocket. yours will be old enough to have had a recall for the clutch pedal pin, so you could always check that has been done.
Listen for boot rattles, they are regualrly mentioned by owners.
Make sure the windows drop when a few mm when you open the doors and then go up and seal when you close them. This is another regular problem where the door nodes need replacing.
Listen for wind noise at the door seals. The frameless doors can be noisy if the seals don't fit properly.
If you have rear parking sensors check that they are all secure as the securing tab behind the bumper easily breaks off. When I bought mine I didn't notice at the time that one was loose.
Read the thread about water pumps on deisel cars....... if they are changing the cam belt get them to do the water pump as well. http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-...v-engines.html
I have had a bad few months, but that doesn't mean your car will be the same. My last Alfa was virtually fault free for 5 years so its just luck of the draw.
If you can get some warranty from the dealer then that would be the safest bet.... just in case.