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Hi everyone! Joined as planning on getting a 156, probably petrol and a four cylinder car as less maintenance. Not got a big budget, although I am happy servicing my motorcycle. I can't weld or paint though. I am hopeful of picking something up for less than 1,500. Is this realistic? Also, who do we recommend for insurance? Tips on buying, cambelts aside?
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Yes, I'd say that was realistic. Look for a car that's been cherished by an Alfa nut - wodges of bills, no dents, alloys not kerbed, matching tyres, faded badges replaced etc and try and buy privately. Judge the car by the seller is a good mantra. Watch for rust in the floorpan - have a good look and poke around underneath. 2.0 TS and 1.8 TS are great engines. 1.6 a little gutless. I personally prefer the 2002 car with the upgraded interior which was available for a year or so before the front end facelift of 2003 which ruined the look of the car IMHO.

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