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Where is the engine number GT 3.2 V6?

Hi,

I was just wondering if anyone could tell me where I need to be looking for the engine number on the 3.2 V6 engine in an 04 GT?

The engine looks a little corroded considering the car has suposedly only done 46K so wanted to check if the engine number matches the one on the vin plate.

I've searched the internet for the answer but not found anything and I wanted to know whether I can see it from the engine bay or need to be looking around under the car!

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I can't be of much help with the location of the engine number I'm afraid but my V6 GT had a very similar number of miles (and was also a 54 plate) on it and also had a relatively rusty engine-top (particularly the chromed pipework).

I'm fairly sure it's pretty standard for a six-plus year old car (or an Alfa anyway), if you look around the site you see a fair few threads where peopel have dismantled and refurbished the engine tops.

I've seen a couple of your posts now where you seem to feel that your car has potentially been clocked (you mentioned that you felt the car had done more miles than displayed on your bushes thread too). Is there anything in particular that makes you think that might be the case? Do you have the old paperwork and service book? If it's been Alfa-serviced then they will be able to confirm the mileages recorded at each service.

Anyway: where did you get it from? What spec is it? And show us some pictures!
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it's on the side of the block. Not sure how easy it is to see. Hopefully one of our specialists can help....
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Somejohn - Maybe it's just because it's an Alfa and I've been spoilt with my last car. A Peugeot 406 V6 SE Coupe, I bought at 5 1/2 years old 80k and did a full service and cam belt change, shortly after a radiator and then in just over seven years not that much else apart from the usual consumables (tyres, exhaust, oil & filter, one set of spark plugs). Towards the end I replaced the front disks, one wishbone and three stabiliser bar/bush things on the back end...oh yeah, and another radiator needed just as I wanted to sell it! As I said I bought at 80k and sold at 147k so a hell of a lot more milage than the alfa.

I think the main reason I wasn't 100% sure about the mileage was because I bought the alfa supposedly in good condition with everything working and three months warranty (from Rogers of Brock/Italian Car Sales, near Preston) at the begining of December. Since buying the radiator has been replaced, engine stabilisr bar, parking sensors don't work, passenger heated seat doesn't work, cruise control doesn't work, there is still a coolant leak, antiroll bar bushes replaced and going in to the garage tomorrow for a wishbone and damper to sort out a clicking/banging from the front suspension (admittedly a pot hole may have helped the suspension problem on the way!) I've got the log book and service book but it didn't come with the old mot's, I'll have to see if I can get the telephone numbers from the stamps and maybe check the mileages with them. Maybe the engine corrosion is because of the coolant leak, it leaks when warm and under pressure so when I park up at home the engine bay has a lot of moisture in it that then condenses on everything as it cools. I've looked under the bonnet in the morning and everything including the plastic has a little moister on it.

On the plus side it is quite a good spec, silver with tan leather, small boot spoiler, twin exhausts, heated seats/mirrors, xenon lights with washer, sat nav and telephone. I'll post a few pics when back from the garage and I get chance.
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You'll find the engine number on a flat ally protrusion on the block at a point where the block meets the gearbox bellhousing, next to the clutch slave cylinder.
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Thanks for that, I'll check it out when I get the car back from the garage!
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Still not had a proper chance to check the engine number as it's very difficult to see (if I'm looking in the right place!), but here's some pictures as promised.
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The condtion of the engine is pretty normal its more down to the age, alfa engine covers and chrome intake pipes rust very easy specaily in winter if you dont keep on top of it. You gota rember so many peeps own cars and never even touch there eniges with cleaning products, car nuts or not. Only anal peeps like me do

Where in hertfordshire you from love the tan and silver combo!
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engine nr is down the side of the oil filler cap, next to the head gasket... behind the starter motor it'll say the engine capacity but not the nr... yes, convenient place isn't it?
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Think I've found the number, can just see in the right light from one angle looking past radiator pipes etc. Also put a digi camera down there to take pictures which helped a bit!

Rosso GT I'm in Hemel Hempstead. My last car (406 V6 coupe) had tan leather too which I liked and I prefered it to the grey or black in most 3.2 GT's that were for sale.
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That engine bay looks a bit tatty... I can see why you have suspicions.

But its amazing what a bit of moisture can do...
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Must have been the water leak which may have been there for some time. Engine looks fine from underneath...almost new!

Rosso GT - What's the best way to start cleaning it? Anybody know where I could get a set of ratty pipes cheap, to put on while I clean and re-chrome the existing ones???...I presume they are chromed!
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The car looks stunning, I'm very jealous! My old GT was virtually the same specification as that - 18" alloys, tan leather interior, satnav/telephone/bose/cd changer. Only difference is mine was black.. and I didn't have that silver cover over the vents pod on the top/middle of the dash.. is that actually a different colour or is it just the photograph playing tricks on me?

I also notice the non-stock exhaust pipes (I always thought the GT would have looked better with dual outs anyway) and little tail spoiler - I think I saw that exact car for sale on Auto Trader not that long ago. If you got it for the amount I saw it advertised at, you got a bargain!

By the way - I don't know how much time you've had to play with the phone system yet but what I did with mine was used a freebie pay as you go simcard from O2 in the car, put a tenner on it, and set up my iPhone to redirect calls to that simcard number whenever I got into the car. Worked a charm!

The only downside is that if you're making calls out, it goes off the pay as you go simcard balance rather than your normal contract (and goes out on a different number to your normal mobile phone). Even then I was only topping it up with a tenner ever three/four months or so..
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The vent/pod is the same silver/grey as the ashtray cover/center consol and the plastic trim around the door handles (interior). It is quite a nice spec and it was on Auto Trader. Bought at the beginning of Dec. Although not that great on the price considering the radiator was leaking, coolant leak (as well as radiator), engine stabilizer bar bushes shot to bits, passenger heated seat not working, parking sensors not working, cruise control not working, nsf damper and antiroll bar ends replaced to get rid of knocking, water pump failure (obviously timing belt done at same time) and exhaust section with holes that had been patched up with putty to sell!! Also the right headlight auto level has stopped working properly. The car was bought suposedly with a three month warranty, the car in good condition and everything working but dealer won't do anything about the problems. I've fixed the main ones to prevent further damage to the engine from overheating but still a few things to put right!?!

Used the phone a couple of times on long journeys but not had chance to check out all the voice control stuff yet. Had wondered if it was possible to get two sim cards on the same number but I'll probably do the same as you and get a payg sim in there!

With most bits starting to get fixed it is turning in to a very nice car!
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