Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: I would rather not say
Be careful with older, lower mileage cars. Diesels need a good run once in a while or carbon build up becomes your enemy!
1) EGR valve, I would recommend taking it off and cleaning it out as soon as you get it - it's very very easy and there is a vid on youtube for its removal - despite being in French, it is useful.
2) Turbo hose - these split - not because of "rubbing" as everyone puts it. Yes, the bolt on the gearbox is badly positioned but it is really not that close to the pipe! It will split if you thrash the car - if you change down and ram your foor on the accelerator, the gearbox will shoot up and pierce the pipe. There was a new, shorter bolt manufactured as a fix and Autolusso have a silicone pipe they have manufactured to avoid piercing - have this fitted - easy to find on ebay and an easy fix too - It has to be cut to size but it's not that bad.
3) gearbox/gearshift - these have a tendancy to stick/be clunky/notchy - again, as long as the springs return the stick to neutral, the clutch has a good bite and the clutch pedal is smooth albeit STIFF, do not be put off. The clutch is heavy and the fix for the notchy lever is easy enough - fix with pics on the forum (just done mine)
4) Door check straps - have a tendency to CLICK. This is an easy fix but the straps are expensive from a dealer - prices of £15 have been quoted on the forum but they are now £40!!!
5) Master cylinder/pump - these can creak, break and pin can also break. Just had mine changed because i heard an almighty crack in the cabin and pedal went to the floor. Fluid built up pressure and i was able to drive it but they are a pain.
6) tailgate rattle - Alfa "forgot" to stick two spotwelds on the back under the roof lining!!! This was sorted on post 2005 (?-i think) cars.
7) Keep a damned good eye on your oil
8) If you're going for 17's or 18's, watch the ARB links - they will go
9) Windows - they have a mind of their own!!! Any issues and all you do is run them down together, hold both buttons for ten seconds or so, run both up and hold for another 10 secs - might take a couple of goes but this fixes it.
That's about all i can think of.
It is a lovely car and i have covered somewhere in the region of 10,000 miles in the past few months! The engine and gearbox are sound. I will be keeping mine and driving it into the ground. I think they are easily good for a few hundred thousand miles!
I really don't mean to patronise given that you will clearly know what you're looking for - but just make sure you have one that has been loved by its owner and looked after at a main dealers/prefereably an indy.
If you're getting a cloverleaf or blackline, great - if it is the gt jtd, try and find a gt jtdM. the m stands for modificata and they are cheaper on the insurance and tax.
hope it helps - enjoy your hunt and get the leather - i find myself rubbing the leather conditioner in by hand on occasion - yeah, i know but i love it!!!