COnfused of Berkshire saying hello..
First off, just want to say what a brilliant and informative site, have spent the last couple days reading up on here really does look to be a brilliant forum!
I've Just bought my first Alfa, a 2006/56 plate 2.0JTS sportwagon selespeed, and looking for a bit of advice
It's (apparantley) very low milage at only 13k, has 3 stamps in the service book, all from the same official Alfa dealer, last being in august approx 1,000 miles ago. Condition seems to back the mileage up, interior is lovely unmarked and unworn black leather, exterior and all brake discs etc look pretty much as new, apart from very rusty disc centres.
I spoke to the servicing dealer to try and find out if it has had a cambelt yet, the good news was the service dates and mileages in the book matched those in their system, but no cambelt change yet, so that's a priority for me to organise in the next week or so .
It also has a slight knocking noise proportional to engine speed that you can hear outside the car when revving it (it's perfectly quiet on tick-over) , although can't hear it from inside when driving, - will of course get that assessed as part of the cambelt change.
My main question though surrounds what really constitutes a facelift model- from the year, I would expect mine to be one, but it isn't- at least I don't think it is.
It is what appears to be a very late 156, and yet it has the old style grille/front bumper etc.
Inside, it has a red led dual climate controls, on a silver fascia, and the Bose speaker option.
The alfa badge on the boot is fixed (I understand earlier ones should swivel to reveal a key hole?), so strange.
On the HPI check, everything checked out perfectly, ie no losses recorded, not registered overseas, no plate chenges, stated year of manf as 2006 and first reg 1/9/06, but I'm guessing it must be an earlier one than that and have sat unsold somewhere - is there any definitive place I can find when it was built from the VIN, or a register or something?
Any and all help appreciated!