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Join Date: Feb 2002
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Re: Alfa 33 'buyer's guide'!
33 is a good ship. You have to have the 16v or the Perminator-4.
The 16v engine seems almost indestructible but the P4 has a teeny persistent problem with the propshaft mounts, so check that there's no juddering or vibration when driving, particularly when pulling away.
132k is a bit high miles but the Boxer engine doesn't have any really bad vices. I'd stay away from anything with chavvy airfilters and the like. The more standard it is, the better at this age/mileage.
Rust is a bit of a problem. Inner wings (around the suspension turrets) and the rear 3/4 panel by the fuel filler seem to be the usual suspects.
Also check the fuel tank, as a lot of these are rusty now (the newest ones are 12 years old, or thereabouts), it'll be difficult to find someone crazy enough to weld/repair it and some rumours suggest new ones are difficult to source.
Electrics aren't too robust but normally nothing serious (just a case of tracking down the poor connection/whinging relay).
Brakes are very spongey on all models, even with stainless steel hoses. The m/cylinder is the same as fitted to the 1.3 ltr AlfaSud, so you get the idea. You can make a bracket to brace the m/c against the bulkhead, which helps.. otherwise fit the best pads/disks you can afford, steel-braid the lines and then the brakes will be "quite good".
Interior should be as immaculate as possible as you won't find much trim parts in the shops.
I should also add .. bear in mind the P4 has different exhaust and rear brakes cf. the 16v (as there's the 4WD gubbins where the 16v silencer normally goes). It's not much of a big deal except when you're looking for a replacement. You may be confined to Genoooine or Custom made parts, which can be frustrating when you're looking for something in a hurry (so it's useful if you have a second car from time to time!).
Otherwise an excellent choice. Buy a good one, look after it.
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