they are more than likely to need a top end rebuild at some point
Any more than any other petrol? Probably not. I don't see too many posts of head gasket issues. More likely that a TS? Probably. There are two cylinder heads for starters. So there is more chance of one of them letting go sure I'd accept that.
others had the odd eml coming on due to various sensors normally coil packs and lambda's, bottom line I could not find one that didn't need some kind of work, the problem with the Busso is that it can get VERY expensive very quickly
Same can be said about any petrol car. Or using the GT as the base they suffer the same issues.
Parts cost no more on 3.2 than the other engine ranges. However where it can be more costly than the others is due to the shape of the engine. Due to the V shape mounted transversely it can mean stripping more parts off that you wouldn't need to using an inline design. So labor costs can cost more.
However spark plugs are cheaper for example on a V6 than a TS.
Swings and round abouts I am afraid and whether you get a good or bad one in the used market really is luck on certain items.
I know of at least one that was bought with a FSH at around 75k and due to oil starvation at some point in its life spat out a con rod,replacement engine required and they are not exactly common or cheap.
Same as a TS or any other engine for that matter. Not replacing oil or oil starvation will kill an engine quickly. The V6 however doesn't ,use up oil like a TS. But its basic maintenance.
I also struggled to find one with a Quaife or Torsen already fitted and IMO it should have come as standard on the 3.2 way to much power for FWD without a decent LSD.
Agreed bit of a crazy Alfa moment. Easier to control though generally than others thanks to the linear power. But yes generally putting through that power through the front wheels you are going to get an bit of an unruly car...
all things considered for me personally it's way too much of a risk as an only car. had I the space for a second as a weekend blat all good. As an only car I think a Busso is a mental idea unless you do 5-10k a year and absolutely no more, are habdy with the spanners and have a warm dry place to work and preferably a second car as back up.
Kind of agree. Circumstances should dictate choice of car / engine type and cost / what you want.
having had a good chat with my trusted specialist and a second trusted specialist for good measure they both said words to the effect of ,fantastic engine but requires regular TLC to keep running sweetly
Don't doubt specialists they see more car's than anyone. But same can be said about the twinspark and to a lesser extent the diesel.
the MPG is horrendous by modern standards and they can grab and empty your wallet at any point...cam belt intervals are lower than the derv GT and must be done early as a failure on a petrol engine is much worse than on a diesel with its rockers taking the brunt.
The MPG is low yes. But its a 3.2 V6. It has approx 240hp out the box. Physics dictate in order to achieve a perfect Stoichiometric of 14.7 : 1
The car uses the same amount of fuel an equivalent petrol engine of same structure uses. (Look up merc V6's that don't use direct injection or any other fancy)
Diesel also has a higher energy density compared to petrol by circa 10% so the same engine in a diesel would have 10% more mpg.
My 150hp petrol uses about 30 mpg. But it has 50% less cylinders...
Can't get around physics really...
they also suffer from all of the usual Gt issues (wishbones,door handles, etc etc) and they are also getting on a bit now..so you could potentially buy one at 5k and be in for that again in the first year.
Exaggeration and could be said about any GT or any car for that matter.
I suspect all of you Busso owners do low miles,own a second car and have a tool kit and some mechanical sensitivity.
I agree most would as I've found with car ownership for me putting fuel in is the biggest cost. Outweighing Insurance / Tax / Maintenance by 2-3 times.
I'm not trying to argue but I find some of the points a little skewed.