Have been looking to get myself into the endless money pit of car ownership
and wouldnt mind a few recommendations and help with such an endeavour.
I spotted a 99 Alfa 146 at a garage at the weekend that i fell in love with it but the garage was closed so i couldnt bring it for a test drive or get any info on the service history at the time.
I rang em up today and asked about whether the cam belt and spark plugs had been replaced and they said it had been serviced 3 weeks ago and all the sparks replaced but he didnt mention anything at all about the cam belt.
There is 61k miles (98K km) on the clock so after reading a bit here about the potential expense that cambelt replacement\damage can caused i'm quite wary.
I'm going to call out tomorrow evening with a mate who knows a bit more about cars in general to have a look at it. If the dealer\service history doesnt tell me when the belt was last changed should i stear clear?
Though it was the best looking car in my budget and it was love at first sight so i dont really want to!
Have a few more general questions as well:
How hard\expensive is it to get parts for 146's repaired\replaced seeing as the car is no longer in production (and i'm in Ireland)
Are *****'s as unreliabel as "they" say ?
Cheers in advance!!