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Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: United Kingdom
Had a 20v then a 20vt then a 20vt+, daily drivers for nearly a decade, loved them all the plus had 140k on the clock when I traded it in for the GT. Still wish I had put the money into restoring the coupe really. Don't get me wrong the GT is a great car and is a step up in terms of dynamics but the sound of a 20v turbo beats the V6 any day in my book.
Few simple things to look out for:
Rust! these are all at the age that if they have not been pampered then there will be some, rear wheel arches are an easy place to look first. Also try and get a look at the brake pipes, Fiat seem to make them out of tin foil.
Brakes are 305 Brembos, if in good nick then they are fine but will probably feel weak compared to the GT, not as much servo assistance I seem to remember. They have a mechanical rear brake compensator that can stick reducing power to the rear brakes which doesn't help. The handbrake cables are also a service item, I had to replace mine most winters because they freeze up once the seals split.
If you actually find a car with a standard exhaust then check he condition of the tail pipe, directly behind the rear wheel it rusts quite badly, if it drops off the bacbox will them fire hot gases at the bumper, melting it by he time you get home.
Low oil pressure (lower than 1.5bar hot) may mean worn big end bearings, my 140k engine showed 2bar when hot and 3+ when driving. Shouldn't be an issue if its been looked after.
Usual disposable suspension parts as fitted to most Fiats and Altfas, nothing that can't be fixed easily.
Go for it, you will love it.
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3.2 GT, Wizard, Eibach springs, very dirty and usually no petrol.