please help me decide on buying a 166
asking for some wisdom from 166 owners here. i went to look at a 166 TS today. it is a 01 reg, it has 56k miles. the timing belt was done at 50k as were the spark plugs and other things that might be necessary for the 60k service. there is a receipt for 1,700 euro at 50k.
i drove the car and it felt good, i've never driven a 166 before so i can't really compare. the thing that was really putting me off was the gearbox because it was so stiff when the car was in neutral, there was no spring between gears. it selected gears fine, but it ws just a little off putting, having read a few things it doesn't appear to be a big job.
also, no one laugh about my lack of mechanical knowledge, we drove around for a while so the car was properly warmed up. as soon as i got out i checked the oil and it appeared to be very hot and it looked like some steam came off the dip stick! i just had never noticed that before on a car but maybe i'm just being a bit paranoid.
so the bottom line is the garage that are selling it used to be an alfa dealer (they don't have any agency now). the car is due it's NCT in 6 weeks so they say they will guarantee it through the test and they have a 3 month warranty with the car also. also they offer another 1 year warranty for 150 euro extra. they are looking for 4000 euro for the car which is about the going rate here.
any of you experienced owners see anything glaringly wrong here or should i go for it. thanks for any advice,
p.s. i'm in ireland