Its not a car its a
tax on love
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: United Kingdom
County: West Yorkshire
History, history, history. Cant emphasise this enough. The suspension arms / bushes alone are £1300 for the rears and £400 for the fronts fitted at dealer rates. Do them yourself, and you are still looking at £1k+ for parts alone. Unlikely they will all be gone at once, but I have known it. Check history for RECENT changes to front wishbones, rear spring pan arms and upper rear arms. You will get 2 years out of the fronts and about 4-5 years out the rears; these are regular and common fails, no car escapes. a £2k car could cost you that easily again in the first 6 months.
Then again, if you can find a good history car with an owner desperate to sell, you might get lucky. But realistically £3k+ is the benchmark. Minters are often up at £5k+.
If your limit is £2k because you just dont have £3k, maybe V6 ownership isnt for you (sorry).
Usually the extra grand will more than pay for itself.
If you do work yourself you know what to look for in history re the regular stuff, but GTV specific, look for:
All the above mentioned suspension parts;
Cracked airbox just above the filter;
Door seals in good order they are £300 a side;
Electric windows all working properly and sealing properly;
Shockers, bumpstops, watch for the car bottoming out easily at the back;
Fog light / indicator units not missing any lenses (cant buy the lenses, only full units)
Good interiors worth weight in gold, as are good nick teledial wheels
Dont stress over mileage, V6s can handle it.
Ph2 GTV: Nuvola Blue, 3.2 engine, Alfatune map, Alfaholics exhaust, GTA 330mm Brakes, Tarox, Bilsteins, BMC CDA airbox, Q2 diff, GTA clutch & flywheel