Well here I am back again and with better news this time.
Parked on my drive is a beautiful 147 2.0 Lusso Selespeed which I virtually stole from a very nice chap in Derby.
It's done 100k and had a number of cosmetic faults and is due for a cambelt change so I knocked him down to a derisory £1100. Result!!
I haven't been using it much since I got it a couple of weeks ago because I wanted the belts done before I really started to enjoy it but it's going down to Alfa Workshop tomorrow to get that done. Really looking forward to that (but not the bill
The cosmetic faults were a cracked bumper, a small dent in the bonnet and a broken glovebox handle. All now sorted out thanks to a bloke down in Essex I found on Alfa156.net who was breaking a 3 door. (Thanks Jonnie)
Well, I say sorted out. The bumper is sitting in my garage waiting for the coincidence of a fine day and the time to swap it over. That should get done this weekend.
Am I happy? Am I ever. The 147 was what I would have really liked when I first posted here but it was out of my price range at the time so we ended up with what is probably the most common car on the road today. A silver Mk4 Astra. Can't fault it really. It was a good reliable workhorse but just not something I'd take out just for the sake of the drive.
That died a month ago when a myopic Peterborian pulled out in front of my wife and wrote it off. The insurance coughed up a more than fair offer, (I know. I was flabbergasted. I was expecting all sorts of arguments) and the Alfa just begged me to buy it.
I couldn't really have asked for a better one. It's not only the Lusso spec with the Selespeed gearbox but it's had all the options ticked that I would have chosen if I'd been buying it from new. Leather, HID lights, comfort pack and winter pack.
One little puzzle though is that it came with a Connect manual for the fitted satnav, and there are several references to satnav in the documentation (went in to have the language changed among other things) but it doesn't have a satnav fitted. It's just got the standard (very nice) head unit with a cupholder and a drawer underneath. I guess someone must have taken the nav unit out to fit to something else. Don't matter to me. I don't like fitted satnavs anyway.
So here I am. If there's anyone in the Peterborough area who wants to get in touch please feel free.