Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: United Kingdom
County: Greater Manchester
With all the above advice in mind I've been to look at another couple today. I'm going to read the Selespeed links as the first one had that kind of gearbox. It was an 03 Lusso that apart from two days registered to Stoneacre Liverpool has been in the hands of the same owner ever since. The bodywork looked very good with only one or two touched in stone chips particularly evident to my eyes. The trailing edge of the O/S/F wheelarch was a bit rusty, presumably from stone chips, but I think I can probably deal with that myself. I grovelled about (plenty of practice with Mrs. Beard) underneath as far as I could and it all seemed dusty but intact although what I think were suspension arms looked as if they were a little bit rusty, but no more than they seem on my five year old Panda MJ.
The heating came through very quickly and so too did the A/C after I'd fiddled about a bit. The rear electric windows didn't seem to want to work from either the driver's controls or those in the rear despite trying to see if the switch in the front had isolated them, but the dealer said he would rectify that problem before handover. he also said he would service it and replace the timing belts and variator. The previous belt change had been carried out by a main dealer at 37K. In fact all the services have been done either by, Stoneacre in Scouseland, another that I can't remember in Warrington and Mangoletsi in Knutsford.
I then moved on to a 147 1.6 Lusso being sold by the private owner with 80K on the clock. It was a little bit careworn with a gubby interior and had been serviced during the four years he'd owned it by a local garage, although not an Alfa specialist. There were the words "Cambelt 61290 miles" written in black felt pen on a suspension turret which he said was when the job had been done. However, it did sound a bit "diesely" and after about three or four minutes idling developed an intermittent, yet prolonged (if that makes sense) scraping sound that appeared to come from the area of the ancillary pullies. I think it might be an idea to give that one a miss as the 156 seemed better alround, not only in condition but also in size and kit.
Just one more to look at tomorrow, a 1.8, or is that 1750 Lusso with tangerine leather. Sounds bad but I'll have to wait and see tomorrow.
Now, off to read all the Selespeed threads and book an AA inspection.