Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: New Zealand
I have a 164. It needs a little work. Should I buy a 166 instead?
Well hello there,
I'm in something of a quandry.
I have spotted a cheap 166 (3200 pounds equivalent for a 2002 V6 auto, this is $8000 NZ dollars), which for the kilometres (under 100,000) and the year (2002) is cheaper than usual (they seldom dip below $10000/4000 pounds here, even for a 1999 model). Incidentally I found a 2003 Sportivo (manual) V6 for the equivalent of 7000 pounds. But otherwise they are all autos.
I have a 164 which you can see some pics of under the link (left). I like it very much - it cost just $1000 (about 400 pounds).
My 164 needs some tidying work - I have a replacement front bumper, foglight, and the necessary paint for the bumper and for the bonnet/front wings. Rear bumper also needs a repaint.
Engine needs valve stem seals to be replaced, potentially quite a lot else, although it doesn't seem to use any detectable amount of oil. It is a bit noisy (the usual valvegear noise, I had a 164 previously where the valvegear noise was never eradicated even after clearance adjustment). I would like to take the engine out, fix a few oil leaks (e.g. seals behind cam pulleys), replace the belts, and fit the rebuilt A/C compressor that I have (original has bent shaft!) and replace the clutch, which is very heavy (I have replaced hydraulics and removed damper).
Leather interior is in great condition, electrics all work, and body-wise, except as noted above, she's a peach.
Question is, should I bother - given that the 166 probably looks nicer in most people's eyes? The problem I seem to be hamstrung with is that people see the 164 as an old '80s car (and even 1970s in one case). I'm concerned that no amount of fettling is going to change that. The thing is, the work mentioned above will cost me nothing (I have all the parts) where a 166 will cost me a lot more...
'00 GTV V6, '08 FIAT 500, shell and parts for a '71 FIAT 850 Coupe