Back in an Alfa
Have found this forum and joined up after purchasing my fourth Alfa. Previous models were a Sud Gold Cloverleaf, A 33 Sportwagon Green Cloverleaf and a tweaked 155 V6.
I managed to talk my girlfriend into buying her first Alfa a few weeks ago, we managed to get her a nice straight, unmolested R reg 146 1.8 TS with all the important & expensive jobs recently done but needing the passenger door lock & skin repairing due to a stereo thief for peanuts but while looking for hers I got the bug back and decided it was time I got one again too so I've now bought a 1999 146 1.8 TS as a rolling project.
While looking through previous posts I think both cars may have belonged to forum members in the Berks area.
Mine is a face-lifted version in dark blue, a colour that I hadn't considered on an Alfa before but it does suit it. Unfortunately it has a tan rather than black leather interior but I chose to put up with that to get air-con, dual air-bags etc.
I purchased it with a dead MAF and needing a throttle body & sensors clean-up, a noisy variator and in need of front wishbones & shocks from a good old fashioned motor trader who was keeping the spirit of Arthur Daley alive-swearing blind the car didn't need a penny spending on it, that the warning light on the dash meant nothing, 2,500 RPM tickover and the front spoiler being 2 inches above the road was normal and that his mechanic had put it on the computer & found no faults.
I got the car for a low enough price for it to be worth correcting the faults I could identify, hopefully I didn't miss anything too hideously expensive to replace.
Have got it running smoothly and ticking over properly already but if anyone knows of an experienced and reliable Alfa specialist in the Beds/Northants or Bucks/Berks areas where I can get the timing belt, tensioner & variator done reasonably economically then advice gladly taken.