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advice from the xperts please?

Hi All,

Im currently the owner of 156 2.4JTD, and am always going on about how much my bella means to my colleague sent me a link to this:

Latest Used Cars For Sale in Dunstable, Bedfordshire- PC Group

go to page 5 and half way down is this

now ive already sent him alink to the buyers guide (thanks to all), but it looks like hes in love and wants this car any which way he can (yeah i know alfa's can do that to ya ;-)

Has anyone seen this car already? is it a dog? price is very cheap for what it is, so im worried he will be wasting his time, but also if its not too bad (e.g. usual bushes etc) then perhaps a view would be recommended, ive spoken to the dealer and he's confirmed the cam belts have been done, but theres no service history.... 89,000 miles

anyways if the great and the good could kinldy give me their views it'd much appreciated and maybe i can then either:

a) give him a slap and break this love spell, based on sound principles
b) welcome him to the alfa world ;-)

Thanks All

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when was the cambelt done though? If more than 3yrs ago then he's got to be careful. Of course, it's not just the cambelt - he needs to have a look at what else has been done but the lack of service history is a worry.
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Looks worth a visit at that price..........tell him to read the buyers guide and maybe do a check on previous mot's on line, will give him an idea of the last 4 years mileage.....
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Funny colour cream interior, dont they mean tan?!

Surely not a good idea to buy any pre-owned car without service history, alfa or not.

When I owned a Vauxhall (yes I know) their dealer network computer system seemed to be linked, so they could tell you what servicing had been done. Not sure if ARUK are the same, could be worth a try (assuming of course that the servicing has been done at an Alfa dealer).
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Seems cheap to me, Parkers quote this year/model £2365.
If the wheels are pucker Teledials, they'd be worth nearly half the price of the car!
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Definitely worth a look at that price. Even if there's a question mark over the history, it could be worth a punt if it runs well. The condition of the oil filter can be a clue to a service being long overdue, or oil that looks like Bisto. Also note if it's a genuine Alfa filter or not, which would suggest it being serviced at a main dealer or a specialist.

If he buys it, have it serviced straight away for peace of mind. Autolusso are just outside Dunstable so you only need to hope it doesn't blow up before you get to them
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I'd say it could be worth a look, with the proviso that it may well need a lot of work doing to make it a good long-term prospect. If there's no service history, you'd have to assume that no service work has been done. (Why would a good owner not keep service history)? This adds at least £400-500 to the cost of the car immediately because you'd want to get the cam belt service done immediately, as the previous poster points out. Having said that, this is a lot of car for the money and even with a service factored in, it's still a good price.

HOWEVER, this assumes that there is nothing else wrong with the car. If your friend is not one for spending lots of money and lavishing attention on his car this may not be ideal because of the uncertainty over its history. A dealer can tell you all they like about a car but unless it's there in black and white, they might as well be telling you that bears don't **** in the woods. That beautiful exterior may hide a multitude of costly niggles/MOT failures/bank account emptying issues that make it not worth the uncertainty.

Within a month of buying my GTV, I spent about a grand, and that wasn't even for servicing (mostly suspension). At the time it was a similar age to that of this one but 30,000 less miles on the clock! I know this car may be completely different and I don't mean to put a downer on this, but I would like your friend to go into this with his eyes open.

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I bought the car and I have to say it is a good job one of you lot didnít buy it thinking you were getting a good deal, the car is a dog. I will take the 17Ē off it and sell them and use it as a courtesy until the MOT runs out then break it

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Ha ha, told! You're like a superhero, saving naive people from buying sheds Although some people might have called it a "project" rather than a "dog"
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