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An Alfa fan forever, but never an owner, now have a chance to buy a 145 2.0 Cloverleaf. Any advice on what to look out for gratefully received!
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Re: New member looking for buying advice

Hello Rupertthedog Can't offer much advice on your new purchase but several people ie BobdaBilda have slaved lovingly over such a car and will no doubt be along in a jiffy to put you straight
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The pillar of the 145 community...

1. Check the belts/variator have been done.
2. Check them again.
3. All the usual as with any car, oil filler - no white gunk (a little is acceptable if it's been used for short runs), no abnormal knocking from the engine, check no blue smoke, or generally smoke on the overrun.
4. 145's tend to eat front wishbones, look for signs of uneven wear on the front tyres.
5. Face lift or not? Facelifted models have a different grille and front/rear bumpers, along with a different engine (155bhp compared to 150bhp). The newer ones have a plastic engine cover, the old ones are alloy. The changeover was 1999 I think, but there are a few non-facelift cars with the newer engine.
6. Take it for a drive and enjoy it, there's not much that can go wrong if they're well looked after.

145's are a surprisingly well built car. Alfa needed to up their image a bit after the debacle that was the early 90's. They engineered the 145 very well.

I'd say a fair price, depending on condition, age and mileage obviously, for a non-facelift Cloverleaf would be about 2200.
Facelift versions tend to be a touch higher, from maybe 2500 upwards.

Let us know how you get on.

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Re: New member looking for buying advice

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The pillar of the 145 community...
Wonder where you got that line from

Can't say any more than bobdabilda, but good luck with your purchase and decision making rupertthedog

I had a 146, kind of similar, and I loved it
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Hey Dog.
Look out for worn exhaust and as said above, with the steering wheel pointing straight ahead turn it from side to side and listen for clunking noises. It's not the end of the world if it makes them but it does mean it needs the lower wish bones changed. About 70 per side fitted.
Also, leave it idling and see if it hunts ours does it and we just ignore it. Could be simple but I just don't know.
Other than that, get in there and enjoy.
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