Bushes, GT, Spider and dodgy dealers
Went to look at a diesel GT the other day, as I was seriously considering part exing my 03 166TS with 94K. The GT was a December 04 with 36k and on at £13000. The dealer had offered me 4K on a trade in without seeing my car which surprised me. Anyway I went all the way to see it from Sheffield to near Bognor Regis (about 212 miles). As soon as I saw the car I knew I'd been had. Far to many marks on it, the T was missing from the badge, the drivers seat bolster was very worn and it just didnt feel right. Any way I took for a 30 minute spin and it did drive ok and I was impressed by its engine and handling, but how Alfa claim its a coupe that can seat five aldults I dont know. It was very cramped, but its one of a damn fine looking car and I reckon better looking than the Brera. Anyway the dodgy dealer over the phone had promised it was in great condition and I fell looking back I should have mentioned this and asked for my sodding petrol money. But I did drive back up to Sheffield affirming what I guess i already knew.... that the 166 is an amazing car and I would have been mad to trade it in for a GT, I'd miss my electric heated seats, big boot, stylish yet subtle looks and on some journeys i can get 38mpg, which cant be far off the GT. Well I just thought Id share this with you all.
Now I need to replace my front bushes and I was wondering is this a job that I can do myself and has anyone else done it?
Also I really am going to buy a cheapish Spider soon. Ive been wanting to do it for two years and can wait no longer. So do I buy a 97 spider with say 70-80k for about £3500 or a 2000 model with over a 100K for £4500. Both will have had belts done. Needless to say I dont need two cars and the Spider will be kept at my parents as I dont have a garage or off street parking.
**** these Alfas get under your skin.