Smooth Fox Terriers
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: United Kingdom
Fear not Clive, those days will soon enough be over I predict - supply and demand, the supply of cheapo unloved 916's will soon enough dry up at the rate they are being broken. The numbers of 916's receiving proper spanner love are strengthening.
In fairness, my v6 fitted into your quoted price bracket albeit at the top and was very far from being a nail when I got her - have since spent around 50% of that purchase price on preventative maintenance ie suspension overhaul, new cooling system etc, which I can only view as money very well spent. I could so easily though have fallen into the traps of buying privately at that end of the market (as you mention) and touch wood, I think I was quite lucky at the end of the day.
It was a case of a willing seller and a willing buyer - I had bought it within 12 hours of the advert first appearing.
I'd been to see quite a few cars prior to my purchase and good god, there were some basket cases out there. Was quite upsetting really to see these cars in such obviously unloved poor states of repair.
By the time I have finished "restoring" my v6 to the point I would like it to be, I think the total cost would be close enough to 6k - if I then had to sell it for whatever reason, I would be aiming to get that all back. 6k to me doesn't seem outlandish as a purchase price for a well sorted example (with none of the cup cache).
Its a personal thing but for me the mileage on the Alfaholics car would put me off, along with the colour of which I am not fond. The Alfaholics upgrades also do nothing for me (personally) as I prefer things factory standard, even if they are more comfortable/stop quicker etc.
Last edited by swallow; 28-12-13 at 15:53.