I probably shouldn't buy this 166 but...
So I'm broke but my current car is dying and I need to replace it with something cheap. And I've always liked the 166 and there's one right there on a dealer's forecourt near my house for £1,400.
It has 120k on the clock but maybe that's ok in view of the price and assuming that he will come down a bit.
But then I went to look at it. The cam belt was not done until 86k, suggesting a pretty casual approach to servicing (though the stamps are from respectable specialists) but I've heard that Alfa now says to change the belt every 36,000 miles - and a service is due in any case. Which makes for a hefty bill due right about now.
All the electrics seem to work except for the servo that folds up the driver's side mirror but the central locking on the passenger side rear door doesn't work - which is a major pain and will need sorting pronto.
Hearing tales of dodgy bushes on high milers I flung it at a few speed bumps and felt a slight knock as we crested them but, in order to do that, I was having to go in hard enough that I was in danger of cracking that long chin on the downside.
There are two references to a split air intake among the small collection of bills that come with but I could find neither the split nor a bill for the repair. Bit of a mystery.
Oil was clean and to the correct level but there was a big can of Castrol in the boot - so it might have been topped up by the dealer.
I don't know what the lock will cost to fix but given that the cam belt service will cost the thick end of £500, there looks to be at least £600 of bills in the offing. So, my head says I should walk away but then... Alfas aren't a head decision.
Should I make the dealer an offer of a grand or so or walk away without insulting the poor chap? Is even a grand too much? I'd just go and find a better one but they are like hen's teeth.