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1983 Alfetta - potential problems?


I'm looking to buy a 1983 Alfetta 4 door sedan as a project/weekend car. It'll be my first Alfa and I'm going to view the car this weekend.

The owner has described some immediate maintenance required in the way of some new rubber gear box mounts. However there is apparently no rust, and the electrics are working fine. It has 150,000 klms on the clock.

The car was given a road worthy certificate in Arpil.

Does anyone have any usefull hints regarding potential problems with this model, or have any testing questions I should ask?

Any suggestions would be very gratefully recieved.


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Hi Tim, welcome to AO check out our tech section for classic alfas for more info and help
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These cars are fairly robust.
Apart from Rust and assuming all electrical componts are working as 'specified' includng any electric windows etc.
1) Blown head gasket.
2) Rubber universal joints in tail shaft ( 3 from memory) .Tailshaft runs at engine speed as clutch at rear.
3) Gearbox syncro---second gear has espeically week synchromesh
4) Run finger around inside of exhaust..an oily residue means engine is using oil.
5) Look at the tyres for anysigns of uneaven wear..is any idicative of poor alignment of something wrong with chassis.
6)Check under car for any leaks..water, oil, transmission oil brake etc
6)Inspect for any body damage repair.

The rear brakes caliper can freeze on these cars and the rear clutch slave cylinder will likely fail every 3 years irespective of whether you bleed the cluch fluid every year or not...or atleast the one on my 1983 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTVdid ..... I owned this car for 19 years.

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Welcome to AO.. Not many Alfetta's left, glad to hear another one will be saved
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