Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Tunbridge Wells
I have a '54 GT JTD bought with 31K on the clock. It is now approaching 136K after over 4+ years of ownership and still looks fantastic, pulls strongly and even sounds good when warmed up (not when cold when it actually sounds like a diesel taxi). Don't ask me how much I spent on it - it makes me shudder to think too hard about it!
I have had:
- new ballast for passenger-side xenon (x2 - as I didn't reseal headlamp properly the first time - lesson learned)
- new clutch retaining pin (£1.90) after the clutch pedal dropped to the floor and wouldn't come back up
- new rear bumper (after an absent minded Land Rover Discovery driver bumped into it at slowish speed in a traffic jam on M25)
- new oil coolant pipes (after one sprung a leak)
- new 17" alloys to replace the scuffed up ones (sold originals to fellow Alfa Owner through here)
- new battery after the original died one winter. Still have the replacement in almost 4 years later - a Halfords one of all things. Can you believe that?
- new clutch slave and master cylinders - but still have the original clutch, which has done 105K miles - wow!!!!
- cambelt and water pump
- new thermostat
- new fuel filter sensor after I snapped the brittle original one when changing the fuel filter
- Halfords rear-parking sensor - the type that screws in behind the numberplate and looks like you have two rear-facing cameras so tailgaters suddenly back off when they see them - bizarre I know, but it happens all the time
- new brake sensor switch
- new front / rear brake discs and pads
- replacement heated, blue-tinted door mirror glass with wide-angle view
- new oem luggage compartment nets for the boot
- new tuning chip thing (currently not used) to reduce insurance costs
- replacement turbo hose on the underside of the car
- replacement undertray (alloy)
- setting the front tracking to 0 - to get rid of the excessive wear on inside edge of front tyres
- fitted flat wiper blades to replace conventional originals
- all the standard servicing stuff (oil / filter change, pollen filter, fluids change / top up etc)
- so many tyres I forget how many (from Pirellis, Dunlops, Sumo Firenzas to Falken ZE912s now)
- auto-dimming rear view mirror - to prevent being dazzled
- Blaupunkt adaptor kit to add USB music functions to my OEM stereo
...and many other things I have probably forgotten!
And one more slightly more bizarre one...heavy duty leads / straps that attach to the cargo D rings on the rear boot floor, which then attach to car dog harnesses so I can transport two dogs in the back (with the luggage panel off) in safety. There is an amazing amount of room in there - enough so that they can lie down, sit or stand up albeit they are small to medium size dogs. I wouldn't try it with a Labrador, for example.
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Last edited by Intrigued; 25-02-12 at 16:41.