I was really chuffed when I found this forum today – looks really good and these forums always make owning a car much more fun.
I previously owned a smart car which I had for 4 months. I can’t knock that little thing – if you need to tighten up on expenditure, nothing comes close (although it does handle like a shopping trolley on ice). Needless to say, the 300% increase in engine size has me beaming.
I bought a red Alfa GTV 2.0 on a 2000 plate with 31,000 on the clock on xmas eve. It’s a lusso model with black leather. I think it’s also got an aero pack although I could be wrong – it has a rear spoiler and 17inch teledial wheels.
Now I don’t want to sound like I’m complaining already but I do have a few concerns about the car. I hate it if anything seems wrong with my cars so I want to get everything that needs attention fixed. That’s where I was hoping that you guys/girls might be able to give me some help. Are the following things normal?
1) All the plastic parts on the car (spoiler, mirrors, bumpers) are a slightly different shade to the rest of the car (darker if anything).
2) When I turn the steering wheel full lock, I hear what sounds like a draining noise coming from the steering wheel – like the movement of liquid.
3) Unless I apply pressure on the window when closing the doors, there is a gap between the frame/seal and the glass (should the windows drop down on their own and come back up on a 2000 model).
4) When driving at low speeds, particularly when cornering, there is a knocking noise coming from the rear.
5) Finally the car sounds like a diesel on start-up (although having read the buyers guide I guess that’s the variator).
My problem is that I went over my budget on this car so if the above do need attention, then what would be the order in which to do it? I actually bought the car from an independent garage and it has a very comprehensive 2 year warranty included for all mechanical and electric faults.
Sorry for the essay but it would be great to get some info rather than getting fleeced by an alfa mechanic or brushed off by the warranty people.