Thanks folks, I was starting to worry slightly about the engine being as they are selling the same price or cheaper that the 1.8 models.
I did see a couple of autodelta models about, but they are a little out of my price bracket and I think I would end up parking it backwards in a hedge.
Are there certain models that come with certain specifications? I have seen JTS, Q2 and I am not sure what they all mean.
as stated, the V6 is cheap because of the cost of fuel. If your mileage is low, then you are simply getting a bargain car. It's a bonanza time for petrolheads!
One caveat is the March '06 tax break point, so do watch that one. After this date, V6's are £500/year to tax. £285 before this date (like mine!
). There are a lot of orphan cars out there post March '06 that no-one wants: Subaru Impreza WRXs, Legacy 3.0 Spec Bs, Mondeo ST220s, RX8s, etc.
There are a few engine options, and the JTS variant is a 2.0 direct injection petrol version. Not Alfa's finest engine, and like most early direct injection petrol efforts, can foul it's inlet valves with carbon. This causes a gradual decline in power output, leading to many JTS engined cars feeling like they have much less than the nominal 165bhp.
The Q2 is an Alfa specification limited slip diff. Early cars don't have this as standard (including the V6, discontinued after 06). It was introduced for the high torque diesels; some earlier cars have been retro-fitted. The V6 can blow it's original open diff if you are unlucky, so lots of people change them as a precaution to the Alfa Q2 LSD or the Quaife equivalent (probably even better, and cheaper now too). I don't have one, but it apparently improves the inevitable torque steer from a FWD 250bhp 3.2 V6 no end!