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The bushes aren’t that much of a problem. They got better on phase 2 cars (after 99) but earlier cars probably have had theirs changed by now. But it comes down to how the car was driven and what the local roads are like.
Some twinspark engines goes through some oil, a good tip if you're looking for a secondhand car is to check the dipstick, if the oil level is below the "min" mark, chances are the previous owner never cared much about maintenance, and a few months later you could end up with a conrod through the engine block.
Check the service history: FSH is a good thing, and be aware that some dealers haven't found out what the correct cambelt change interval is. It's 36.000 miles or three years. The service book may say something else, but Alfa have changed the interval. If youre looking at a car that’s up for a cambelt change, make sure they change all the cambelt pulleys as well.
Listen for a Diesel kind of noise on startup, this could be the variator on its way out. If you're in the market for a diesel, then don't pay attention to the engine, as it won't sound to good anyway
The above mentioned faults are the most common and expensive ones to fix. Of course there are other faults, and it’s not like all cars suffer from all the faults. If you want to know more about the above “niggles”, use the search option, as most of them have been discussed a lot of times. Or do ask us, that’s what we’re here for.