Well, this is my newbie post in this forum and first time ABOUT to own an Alfa.
I just came back from spending a whole afternoon at a used car yard looking at a Nov-1996 GTV V6 Turbo. I did go against the general rule of buying a car with a full service history (but the car seemed cheap, for 6000 euro, with a 2.0 V6 turbo)... Ofcourse, I was very very skeptical, never the less, I went for a look.
After crawling around underneath, getting the car up on stands, poking my head in the engine bay, etc etc, I finally put a deposit down to buy the car on the basis that a compression test is done on the engine and the test results come back between 9.5 to 10 bars (137 to 145 psi).
I read about the common problems of this car, especially the rear suspension bushings, so I decided that I would take a few pictures and get some of this forum's experienced opinions... They are attached...
Otherwise, the car looks to be in good condition:
* no visible body panel rusting
* no signs of overspray
* all panels line up
* engine oil was not low, although it was time for an oil change.. no metallic flakes in the engine oil
* no oil or coolant dripping when I was under the car with the engine running... the oil pan was somewhat oily though.
* interior looks good
* car started easily from cold... cranked for about 1/2 to 1 second
* the cam belt looked relatively new
* car ran fine, although I doubt it would have done 0-100kph in 7.4 seconds or whatever they claimed... I felt more like 8 seconds...
* no noticable noise when I drove the car...
Anyway, after much much debate, I got them to agree that during delivery, they will do a compression test (while I watch), and the reading shall be between 9.5-10 bars for all cylinders...
Ok, so two things I want to do:
1. Hello All!
2. What do you guys think about the pictures of the rear suspension components?