Originally Posted by Shimmerydolmeo
In my case 5k of repairs in first month. You've hit the nail on the head there. I went for a 'good one' with 55k on clock FSH and it had a badly blown head.
People love these cars and only shift them when they become uneconomical to repair. Buyers beware! My advice is to buy as cheap as possible and have 4-5k handy for engine rebuild etc.
it's the undeniable conclusion you have to come too when thinking about buying one of these..they are now getting on for 12 years old, even the newer ones are 10 years old.
they are not as solidly built as the equivalent German of that age so when buying you have to consider rust, crushed sills from a 17 yr old YTS idiot jacking up on them.
we haven't mentioned aux belts, hand brake cables, steering racks earth straps,MAF sensor, engine mounts, poor undersealing...I know all of this from working on fiat coupes, the engineering ethos is similar and they even share components..
the difference is you can pick up a 20vt coupe for £400 and even if the engine Turbo and gear box are dud's you can replace for well under a grand..220 BHP of hilarity built in the pinninfarina factory
The problem with the Busso is you have all of the ''normal'' GT quirks coupled with the potential for the engine to throw its toys out the pram...and when it does, it gets very pricey.
many can afford one, few understand exactly how much it will cost to properly maintain one...so they normally get rid with the car in a slightly worse state than they bought it in.
and then some poor bugger inherits a huge bill.
I saw yours down at AL Rich when I was having my new hybrid fitted, sorry mate, no-one deserves a 5k bill after spending what you did, it does look lovely though and Loz and the boys will get it sorted for you...
sadly there is no reason to assume the ones priced at 6-9.5k will be any different so thank the lucky stars you didn't drop more on it.
I maintain my original opinion on Busso powered cars (excluding the 2.5 in the 156, it does seem slightly less prone to problems, and cheaper)
you need a specific set of circumstances to own one.
1) a budget of 8k-10k
2) a purchase price of under 5k
3) a low yearly mileage (10k and under)
5) an understanding wife
6) another car or space for one.
7) mechanical knowledge/skills or a well trusted indie close by.
8) compression test and health check at a specialist before parting with a penny.
without all of this buy at your peril.