complete, what next?
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: United Kingdom
I'm not an expert on these cars but I'm learning fast! Nothing is impossible to fix, just depends on your budget and skills. I hope I'm not teaching you to suck eggs here but these are the checks I would do.
The worst thing for cars that have stood for any period is the brakes! You can expect to replace the disks and pads at minimum. I got a full set of powder coated vented (front) drilled and groved disks, including pads, for £240. If the calipers are seized this is a very time consuming job, as you'll have to pop each piston out while clamping the others and clean any debris and rust.
The airbag light might be on, this is 99% a bad connection to the drivers seatbelt pre-tensioner. A quick snip and connector block will sort it.
Under the OS front wheel arch, toward the front of the car you'll find the oild cooler, check the cooler and hoses for leaks. If it's buggered expect £220 plus fitting if your not capable.
Drive the car for a bit, take it to a clean patch of road (or snow lol) and let it stand on idle for a while; move it and see if there are any drips.
Head gaskets can be a problem, usual checks; oil in header tank, mayonaise in the oil filler (but this can be condensation if the car has not been used regularly). Also let it idle for a long period after driving and watch the temp sensor, it shouldn't go much above 90, then the fan should kick in and you should be able to see the temperature drop back.
Hopefully he'll have had the belts, pulleys and water pump done, otherwise you're looking at a £600+ bill.
Front lower control arms are a weak point, the bushes need replacing every 40k depending on how it's driven. The arms are about £60 each or you can put Powerflex bushes in for £50 (harder material=better control, longer lasting but more road noise transfer). Similarly the rear bushes will probably need replacing, about £100 a corner plus fitting.
The rocker gaskets can leak and they're £30 each.
The fuel filler flap can stick, there is a red release cord in the boot toward the top right; pull it gently as they're not strong! BTW the fuel flap will only open when the engine is off.
The boot release is in the passenger glove box, a square button on rh side, the keyhole is hidden under the badge on the boot.
Check all electrics!
Wipers can stutter on intermitant setting, this is caused by a dirty slip ring contact and can be fixed with a bit of cleaning.
"When I see an Alfa Romeo I lift my hat" - Henry Ford