I own a perfectly reliable and cheap-to-run Nissan Wagon with <100kms on it, so I'm looking to buy something for a bit more fun rather than reliability. I've toyed around with replacing the Nissan with a more powerful wagon, but simply can't find anything with low kms and a good reliability record (at least not in my price range).
There are some nice Alfa wagons, but:
- They are hard to find with the larger engines (2.5+)
- I suspect they would be a bit less fun to drive than a sedan or hatch
- I can't bring myself to replace the perfectly reliable and practical wagon I already have
So I'm after something a little more "crazy", but not so insane that I simply can't afford to drive it. I've found one Alfa GTA for sale in my country (New Zealand), it's been listed for a month or two at $5k (£2.5k) with a dead transmission. Too much work for me, and overpriced - I want something a bit cheaper that I can actually drive home after I buy it (fair enough, right?).
I've decided that I definitely want a manual - I personally find driving a manual is simply a better driving experience, and I've heard that manuals are generally the more reliable of the Alfas.
I'm also steering towards the V6 - I'm not too worried about fuel economy as my Nissan already has that covered, I'd probably not use this as a daily driver, more of a weekend / road trip car.
There are a bunch of 2.5L V6's on Trade Me (our "eBay") mostly priced from $1 - $10k. Here is a car I'm looking at:
Alfa romeo 156 V6 2.5 1999 | Trade Me
I bought the CarJam report for $20, which shows a whole bunch of stuff relating to the vehicle's history: Report 553AD189: DTG965 - ALFA ROMEO 156 1999 | CarJam
I emailed the seller asking about the service history and any "DIY" work, here's his response:
Its not the full service history but plenty of receipts from previous owners including the clutch kit and new radiator ect.
Not sue if there has been any diy work but i haven't had to do anything since iv owned it apart from new tires . Runs perfect and a lot of car for a small price .
I'm going to ask him for a bit more of a detailed service history. Here's a list of things I'd like to know about (which I've scraped from around these forums) - if anyone could add to this list, it'd be great:
Cam belt + water pump
Subwoofer install (appears to have been installed by previous owner. if it's running okay, then maybe they haven't stuffed the electrics too much?)
Gearbox - are gear changes smooth?
Clutch (has been replaced, but will check date)
Radiator (has been replaced, but will check date)
Unfortunately I can't view the car as it's in the South Island, and would require flying down. The plus side is that if I buy it, I'll get to drive the length of the South Island through all the New Zealand scenery with my new Alfa
I've done a fair bit of research, but I'm not very good at buying used cars - last time I bought a used car, ended up with a total lemon because I trusted the seller a bit too much. Spending a bit more this time, so thought it might be a good idea to ask the experts
Sorry for the big long post, any tips would be greatly appreciated.