Today I bought a 156 Sportwagon Twin Spark
Hi today I bought an Alfa Sportwagon 1.8 TS from 2002. Had to go with the Lusso as my wife's parents are farmers and anything lower wouldn't get up the farm track - yes i'm already worried about the lightweight suspension.
I have fallen for the Lusso though, instantly, especially sine it has beautiful (if partially corroded) 7 hole alloys - not sure of their technical name - but haven't seen them on many other Lusso's. The car is also Brilliant Blue which looks fantastic - a colour that to me makes it looks like you didn't buy the car by accident but are an alfa fan if you know what I mean?
The car was up for £1395 with 91000 but finally got it for £1000 one I realised that the cam belt change that was talked about in the ad was done at 54.5k and 4 years ago and uneven tyre wear wear on the drivers side rear tyre with a warning on a fresh mot saying that both upper trailing arm bushes were showing signs of deterioration without excessive play. Needless to say the drive home was truly amazing but fraught with nervous-nous about the cam belt. We got home fine, from Cheshire to Newcastle (via Harrogate), and can't believe it's Sunday tomorrow as really want to introduce myself to the specialist garage i've chosen to ask about doing some of the more urgent work on the car. Everything in my body (apart my heart!) told me not to buy the car - rust dot on the roof and a couple down the roof rain line, dodgy closing drivers door, shaky front drivers side window button, boot alfa badge sealed shut (or at least I cant budge it - would take more than wd40) - but the guy told me to take it for a test drive. I was smitten from the first corner, even though I had just read the buyers guide in this months Auto Italia. Our previous car was a 1986 518i BMW (E28) and although we loved it driving experiences were less than sensational. Unfortunately we have moved house to a place without a garage and the waiting list is 20 people long and the car just died after years of keeping on the road. Needless to say we are on the waiting list to garage the Alfa. So £100 later, after filling the fuel tank, trying to work out how to turn off the noisy heating controls and trying my best not to drive to Durham tomorrow to show my family the car - i know i will even though it needs a cambelt urgently - here we are!
Last edited by manzoni; 15-12-12 at 23:29.