Re: Looking for 3.0 V6 166
There are a lot of ropey 166's out there - especially london cars.
Bought my March 2001 166 3.0 Sportronic Lusso in silver with 98k over the phone for 3900 from an ebayer after the original buyer failed to pay.
Leather, Becker CD, Satnav, Elec memory seats, 17in lloys, etc
One owner, FASH, just a few blemishes and got him down to 3740!
It's got 105k and runs sweet as a nut and the kick down at 80 is something to behold!
A few alfa niggles remain, but then I bought it with my heart and not my head. (Wouldn't have it any other way)
Good ones do come up on ebay / trader about every 4-6 weeks, so as long as you're not in a rush you should get a good one.
As for the 2.5/3.0 decision - the 2.5 is a false economy except maybe for insurance. Performance of the 2.5 is only a bit better than the 2.0, though the running costs are the same as the 3.0 - ie not cheap. If you don't go for the 2.0, get the 3.0 - and you should get a very tidy one for 8k!