Thanks Odyssey21 for the warm welcome...and yes the GTV is lovely! When I was 6 my two older brother's both had GTV6's (way back in 1984!) and it's taken me 26 years to have my own Alfa
Thanks Jules also for the sound advice....I will call him now to check on things and also make sure that he consults me first before any additional work is done.
If anyone is interested here is what I have noticed with the car since I have had it:
I. Engine sounds like diesel when starting from cold
II. Tapping noise from engine when travelling at or below 10mph
III. Scraping/grating noise from rear of the car when accelerating below 3000 rpm
IV. Third gear hard to engage when car is stationary
V. Brakes are spongy
VI. Steering pulls to the left. Also when braking hard
VII. Steering in general seems light -> is this normal for these cars?
VIII. Left front drain of sunroof blocked + seal around sunroof deteriorated
IX. Sunroof mechanism sticking on opening (currently needs a gentle push to help it)
X. Seatbelt warning lights not working
XI. Aerial/antenna takes a long time to extend after turning stereo on
XII. Stereo sometimes won’t turn on and security light flashes
XIII. Central locking/alarm does not work properly via the remote on the key ring (changed the battery but still the same)
I know some of these point to camshaft variator (sounding like diesel), brakes/wheel bearings etc and I gave him this list also. But primarily he is servicing it and then will let me know what of this list needs to be done and quoting me a price.