WASTING ALL MY
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: United Kingdom
County: Greater London
well done for getting close to your asking price! My experience with v6's:
1. You find them cheaper in Scotland. Tempting until you realise it will set you back around 250-300 quid to go and pick it up and drive it down (80ish on train? near-ish two tanks), all the while risking that you go up and find a dog. Also most people wouldn't do the trip in one day (so twice the cost)
2. It is always good to haggle, however you will have to re-align your scrimping expectations. Anything under £200 in terms of parts with this car is a bargain! Even the bloody door seal plastics are £24+Vat each...for a piece of plastic probably worth 10p and some rubber! You are not going to be able to afford running it if you do not have a 2k "buffer" - please do not buy one of these cars with a loan!
3. 1K will not even scratch the surface of one that has not been cared for! My bill is 3K+ and counting...i still need to get the whole underside treated, new exhaust, suspension turrets, wheels refurb, brembo refurb, powersteering pump (or aircon not sure which is leaking)....end is in sight but it has taken me 1 year. Had to rent a garage to finish the work!
4. I'd happily take one with 140k on the clock over a 50/60k one which has not been looked after.
5. Sellers/buyers need to be aware that 3k actually gets you quite a lot of car for your money these days, these cars are not under-priced...they are holding their value well when you compare with how badly other cars have dropped in price. Certanly the gtv/spider v6 is the most expensive out of all the 90's cars and is expensive compared to a 145 for example.
I think they are a worthwile investment in the long-run. When alfa will eventually get sold to some other company (as soon as fiat starts loosing money) the V6 is likely to be classed as the "true alfa" from the era (ok i know the 75 was produced into 92 but that will probably the last great alfa of the 80's?) and therefore should hold its value.