Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Johannesburg-South Africa
Buying Alfa166 at Auction
Greetings from South Africa
This should get some debate going for newbies!!
I am looking at a 2001 Alfa 166 going at auction. Here is the story - and I would really appreciate practical "we've been there" advice.
116,000km, Silver blue in coulour, + grey leather. Very neat interior, good carpet set.
Drives superbly, smooth, sounds great, etc.
No service books, owner manual, or any history.
Small stone through front headlight, but it still works fine.
Oil leak/wetness around left rear of engine drip tray.
Indicator/flasher unit not working (Hazards don't operate either).
Windscreen wiprs work, but stop in the upright position.
Only 1 ignition key.
No toolkit, wheel spanner - but has spare mag wheel
Tyres got approx 5000km's left
Airbag light stays on all the time
Engine bonnet cover open light comes on intermittently while driving
Has some side dents on driver's door and rear passenger door - no paint damage.
Driver's electric window "clonks" loudly when closd until sight relief on button stops it.
No Satnav installed for South Africa, but unit appears to operate properly - Radio, aircon, etc OK, but has an aircon arror message.
Whilst there is a risk of buying a "problem car", this one looks to be in a neat condition all round - except as noted above. Having driven 4 or 5 now, this one is definately the "sweetest" so far and at a good local price (Not many imported to S.Africa, normally retail at approx $13k to $15k - this one is at $8k - BUT - with no service history, and being at an auction house, all my sane mates and family are advising auto-suicide!!
If I factor in a 120,000km major service, with cambelt/tensioner/water pump, brakes, plugs, etc to start her off - what else should I be thinking about to bring the price down,
OR - should I rather look for a decent "normal" one at the going rates??
My other option is a Porsche 944 S2, but the raer seating is not practical for a family of 3 (+ 1 teenager - who thinks the Alfa is cool !!)
Look forward to the "advisories" to come :-)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Renault Laguna 2, Renault Megane - to go