To break or not to break....
I have acquired a black 2001 y-reg 156 sportwagon with selespeed. It has one significant problem - a horrible bearing type noise from the gearbox. Other than that it is all in decent condition for a 13 year old Alfa with 93K miles on the clock. The engine was replaced by Alfa under warranty at 32K. It has full leather as well.
It was presented for an MoT but only failed on a cracked alloy and three tyres that had badly perished inner walls.
The previous owner decided not to re-test it due to the gearbox problem and it is now mine.
I have too many Alfas to keep another one so I was going to break it. My problem is that it is a pretty decent car. Not A1 by any means but it looks respectable and the engine runs great - and the gearbox problem could be something as simple as a knackered clutch release bearing. Worst case scenario, it would need a new box.
If someone wanted a project, I would be willing to stick on my spare 147 alloys (with 4 good tyres) and run it back through the MoT. It could then be collected from Stornoway for £500 or Inverness for £580 plus the cost of six months road tax.
Or I could just break it... Decisions, decisions
"When you sit in a Focus RS or a Golf R32 itís like sitting in a commercial for Lynx aftershave. When you sit in an 147 GTA itís like sitting in a Venetianís hand-made suitcase." J.Clarkson 2003.
Current fleet: 156 Sportwagon jtd 16V (facelift) 2.4 Spider, Leon Cupra SC
Projects: Spider S4, Matra Murena 2.2