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Hi there - Just bought a 166 TS from 2002 and whenever I search for anything on the internet it all seems to come back to this place! So, here I am.

Drove it 200 miles home and it went ok - apart from a rear calliper sticking on & screaming - cured itself after I'd stopped for a bit. Don't think this car's been used much - It's done 45k miles, and is in Neptune Grey with the grey leather innards. Didn't get ANY history with it though, although I've verified the mileage via the DVLA site, looking at the MOTs back to 2005 ish. I've had a Citroen Xantia TD till now, and have done 70k miles in that all relatively trouble free, so I'm hoping this Alfa might be fairly reliable... I'm a Data Modeller but I'm good with cars - I've got a 944 which I'm restoring, and have had an MGB, Triumphs and Scimitar GTE in the past, and have rebuilt about 5 Smart car engines, so I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty.

So far I've bought some new badges, oil and filter, wipers - that sort of thing. The Radiator looks a bit manky though so looks like I am going to be getting one of them - I'll strip the brakes as well and have a look. I am guessing the belts have been done already as there are marks on the crankshaft pulley, so going to leave them till Summer.

Other problems are offside rear window (motor works but no movement - central locks on the offside seem dead, and the Becker BE2580 wants its code - so going to try a dealer and see if they'll find it for me....

Looking forward to being a bit less embarrassed on the work's car park.

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