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Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Buckingham, UK
Re: GT 3.2 on the shopping list
My first piece of advice is to wait untill after I've bought mine before you go snapping one up for yourself! I don't need the market further depleted. Assuming you're in the UK that is...
I've looked at a few now. There haven't been any real bad ones (well maybe one that had been shunted), which I take as a good sign that they're holding together well.
The most obvious problem is to listen for a boot rattle. It's supposed to happen over bumps and be very annoying. It can be fixed via a couple of methods depending on exactly which rattle it is.
Some of the cars I've seen have some small cuts or damage to the leather, especially in the back seats, one of them had alot of damage to the drivers door card, (but oddly- nowhere else). The same car also had paint damage on the Bose (fake) tweeter covers, maybe from cleaning.
Another sticking point might be windows. If they don't go up or down automatically, or don't go all the way up or down, you can try a soft reset on site. For a soft reset wind the windows all the way down and hold the button for a further 10 sec, then all the way up and hold the button for a further 10 sec. If that doesn't work there probably a more serious control system issue.
Some of the cars have engine bays that look rubish too. All the fittings and fuel rails rusted, and the belt cover paint peeling. That indicates to me that the owner just drove, and never cleaned (therefor cared about) the car.
Other than that, just your standard buy, check milage, paint (some are heavilly chipped at the front) and general condition I think.
Six/twelve devils screaming
Alfa History: '78 GTV 2.0, '83 GTV6 2.5, '98 156 Selespeed 2.0, '96 GTV 2.0, '96 GTV 2.0, '05 GT 3.2 V6, '96 146 2.0ti, '99 156 2.4JTD, '01 147 1.6 Lusso.
Current Others: TVR T350 Spider, AM V12 Vantage