I've Never owned an Alfa , but a lovely little red 05 plate 147 1.9JTD M-JET has caught my eye.
(I'm still recovering from 1 very expensive French mistake - so why do I find myself looking at an Alfa of all things - I ask myself!)
Test drove it this afternoon and as I suspected, I kinda fell for it immediately. However - few little niggles:
Seemed to me like the clutch wasn't too good. on a couple of occasions I found that if I booted it in 4th at about 35 the revs would slip away wildly once the turbo spooled up. This was not always repeatable though and the clutch did seem to bite quite nicely when pulling away etc, so may be more of an oil-leak type issue than wear? The dealer says if they agree it needs a clutch then that'll be done as part of the service, but just wondering if there's any hidden nasties here - do these babies have Dual Mass Flywheels for example?
It's done 70k with only the 1st 3 stamps by an alfa dealership and skecthy S/H after that. so no evidence of any cambelt change, so I'm factoring that into negotiations. from what I've read here that needs attending to sharpish!
Also, I found the braking effort required was a lot more than expected. It stopped sharp enough and I don't mind that (preferable to many vehicles these days which fel over-servo'd to me) if that's 'normal' for these cars.
There was also a little evidence of whine linked to road-speed which I took to be probably wheel-bearings, unless you guys know any better?
Price: seems a little over book-price to me, but when compared to other classifieds I can see - seems not far adrift - especially with the Tan interior, which is on good, but not pristine condition.
Now here's the crunch. This is intended to be my daily workhorse for my 50 mile round trip to and from work. I'm trying to convince myself that it will prove Economical whilst still having a bit of welly and being a relatively nice place to spend an hour and a half each day...so Realistically - what sort of MPG can I expect? my journey is all A-roads with very little stop-start traffic.
There's no doubt it's a cracking little motor which will guarantee I arrive at workwith a smile on my face, but is it likely to repeatedly kick me in the wallet in the process?
I'd be grateful for any thoughts opinions or comments that might aid my decision!