Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Possibly future owner of a '96 GTV. Beginner needing tips.
I've be negotiating the purchase contract with my local independent dealer but I have a few reservations about signing on the line.
A little bit of background information at this point would help you all understand my position. I live in Germany, Leipzig (World Cup city!) so getting hold of someone who knows a great deal about Alfas and can explain things in English is difficult here. My German is at a pretty good level, however some technical aspects are easier understood in one's native language, hence, my coming to this forum.
A few weeks ago there was a bad hail storm here which resulted in millions of Euros damage, the GTV that I'm looking at was also a victim of mother nature's wrath. There are around 60 dents on the roof, rear wings and boot and I have negotiated with the dealer that he should get these dents removed.
First question: What are the chances of removing these dents successfully?
The car recently fell victim of the infamous cam belt snap malady. This was repaired, however, the car tends to stutter on idle.
Second question: Is there a possibility that apart from a few replaced valves, there could be other damage causing this idle inconsistancy?
The air-con wasnt working, what could be the cause of this?
Are there any other things I should check and take into consideration before buying the GTV?
I test drove the car to a friend of mine who is a mechanic and he had a look over it, he noticed a few other things such as cracks in brake lines and exhaust on its way out. The dealer promised to repair all the things which would make it pass the TÜV (MOT test) so I cant really complain there.
Driving the GTV was amazing! If i had followed my heart, it would be sat infront of my house now and I would be asking for polishing tips!
Totally impractical, over-priced, as reliable as an England national team penalty taker, but fun, amazing fun!!! Help me get it!