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Re: Buying an Alfa 156

couple more small points to be aware of;
*listen out for any diesel-like rattling on start up, its not a problem, just the noise is, the part costs £100 and can only be changed same time as the cam belt.
*if it comes with one key, make sure it works fine (remote locking buttons) a pair of new ones are expensive (for any car)
its just that of all the cars i went to view, alfa owners consistently lost their keys! why?!

the cars are great fun to own and drive! they are a little expensive to maintain, on par with bmw and merc but i dont get upset by that as i love the car!
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Originally Posted by Quadrofoglio View Post
TBH an S plate is getting on a bit now. Unless you like fixing things yourself it would be better to save up a bit and get one a bit newer - it will work out cheaper in the long run
I agree but was able to find a gorgeous V6 on an S plate 2 months ago, very well looked after fully documented and only 58000 on the clock when I picked it up. I've used the car every day since doing a 140 mile round trip each day and not had any trouble at all. Half a liter of oil used in 3000 miles and I still grin every morning when I turn the key.
This is my 3rd Alfa in the last 9 years the other 2 being 2.0 TS's and apart from a dodgy alarm unit on one I've never had any problems.
Just make sure it's been well treated and do all the usual things to look after it and you'll be fine.
Good luck.

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