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Two weeks as a member, look at what it's done to me ...

Hello all,

Nice to meet some of the SC guys on the run to Brooklands on Saturday just gone. Picked up a cheap 156 as a run around just about a week and a half ago, to replace my diesel Bora daily which was about to disappear in a cloud of oily intercoolers and knackered turbos.

Brooklands cemented my desire to replace my old Ghibli with something italian and V6. I'd been on the lookout for a 3.2 GT for a while, even going so far as to fly up to Glasgow to look at one, but suffice it to say even being into the pot for 250 in various travel expenses, it was one of the easiest decisions I've ever made to fold that hand and fly back. You couldn't have paid me to drive that heap the 350 miles back to Basingstoke!

I'd therefore bought the 156 as an Italian stop gap whilst I waited for a nicer GT in the right colours to show up a bit more locally.

I'm not one for executing well thought out plans, though, so in the true spirit of "the correct number of Alfas to own is one more than you currently have", I now have these two sitting outside my house

A cheap, high mileage 147 GTA with a slightly heavy clutch - what could possibly go wrong?
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whats the mileage? How cheap is cheap.

You normally cant buy these for less than 3.5k as they get broken... Ned is flogging an engine on its own for 2.5k...

Also what did you view in Glasgow? Can you review it to help other potential buyers?
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heavy clutch could be a few things apart from the clutch itself but they aren't bad at 130.00 for a OEM unit. but fitting is a pain..

whats the spec as it stands.. any 330mm brakes q2 Or other mods
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marting156, welcome to the forum and congrats on your purchase! Your Alfa looks really nice. May it provide unlimited fun and unhampered travel across all terrains for as long as you two are together.
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Thanks all. The GTA doesn't have any mods that I'm aware of. 140k miles, 4k. Frankly, I'm already used to the clutch and a local specialist seems to think it's fine for the moment. I'll get a diff change as and when it does eventually need doing.

I reviewed an 05 GT Coupe up in Glasgow. It was on sale on Autotrader for 3500, it's now on Pistonheads for 3300. It was after a couple of weeks of emails back and forth, me wanting to view it, then pulling out based on an admitted issue with the gear linkage. Guy emails me back a week or so later saying that he's had it fixed. Key things being that he's said no rust, he's said the car drives like a dream. I think it sounds good.

So the issues were:

1. I had flown 350 odd miles Southampton -> Glasgow to come and look at his car, and he didn't have the decency to wash it - for the past month, it seemed. It was filthy, in some form of pathetic attempt to hide the chips and dings in the bodywork, I think.
2. Oil leak from the front of the engine, offside of the sump was soaked with oil.
3. Rust on offside rear wheelarch easily visible were it meets the bumper, and can be felt for about 90 degrees around the arch.
4. Gear linkage might have been "fixed" from what it was, but it was mush; I prefer my porridge in a breakfast bowl, not in my gearbox thanks. I managed to find all the gears eventually, but it was a bit hit and miss. I note it says on the PH advert that it's been greased, this is what he'd had done, it's far from right.
5. Brakes were binding (I had assumed this was fixed as he said "drives like a dream". It most definitely did not drive like a dream, unless your dream was the screech screech screech string music from Psycho...
6. ... and as a result when you tried to use the brakes, they were overheated just from the binding at normal test drive speeds, and had nothing to give.
7. Big bits of paint peeling from the front bumper, one an inch square by the shield.
8. Front rubber valance dangling from both sides.

If it had been free, I would still have thought twice about driving it back down to Hampshire with the brakes and gearbox the way they were, and if I'd driven 35 miles, instead of flying 350, I'd still have thought it a waste of time.

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