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I'm looking to get a 156, preferabley a V6, otherwise a 2.0. Looking at the cars in my price range, they are all going to be over 100K miles.
Are there any issues for cars with this mileage?
Anything I should be looking out for? (Or listening for)
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I'm looking to get a 156, preferabley a V6, otherwise a 2.0. Looking at the cars in my price range, they are all going to be over 100K miles.
Are there any issues for cars with this mileage?
Anything I should be looking out for? (Or listening for)
what sort of money are you looking at spending? If you can, go a little older with less miles, either way make sure the SH is comprehensive and with a specialist and or dealer. Cambelt will cost you 300+ so make sure that has been done recently or at least budget for it...
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Re: 100K+ Engines

Try to test drive a few lower-mileage examples to get a feel for how they go, then try out a 100k+ car, if it still feels fit, then go for it. I'm sure there have been a number of posts on here about the TS motor going strong well past the ton, so there's no reason the V6 shouldn't do the same, just make sure it pulls well, doesn't smoke, runs smooth and has a good (documented) service history.
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Focus on the service history of the car, not the number of miles covered.

I'd go for a higher-mileage car with good service history over a lower-mileage example that had been neglected any day of the week.
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Engine isn't necessarily the problem, the ancillaries and suspension are though.

Check everything thoroughly

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Cheers for the advice guys.
I'm pretty mechanically minded, so usual problems with older motors isnt an issue, I've just never owned a car thats over the ton.
And each car has it's own quirks, so the Alfas might have had something in specific to look out for.
Will be on the prowl for an Alfa late Aug, so if anyone in the Oxfordshire area (preferably without water damage!) is selling a V6 about that time, let me know and I'll come and have a look.
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I wouldn't worry too much about mileage TBH as long as the car runs correctly with no rattles or smoke and the service history and receipts are there. Alfa engines are good for high mileage as long as they are looked after.

You will be far better off buying a documented high miler than a low mileage car with a sketchy history.
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If it sounds like a diesel that variators gone, this is around 400 fitted with a new cambelt - so budget accordingly.

The twinsparks do not like oil starvation, if the oil is low or black walk away.

Can't help with th ev6, never had one.
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high mileage V6s are not a concern. the engine is sturdier than the TS. very little oil consumption problems so less likelihood of engine damage by the previous owner. mine's gonna cross 200k kms this year. im a proud father!

do factor in some money for ur timing belt and waterpump change that's due around 100k kms.

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I bought a V6 with a 115k about 2 months ago and have so far spent about 450 which included a service, two new rear brake pads(green stuff) and a new radiator. Still needs a water pump and cambelt change as it is still overheating. The previous owner spent a fortune on it, new maf sensor, new stearing rack, new suspension arms, new gearbox, new ecu plus other small things. So when ive finished it will be almost a totally new car! Its worth every penny though. Just make sure the rad is in good nick and the water pump has been changed with the cambelts, if not factor this into the price as these are expensive jobs as im finding out.
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More top advice, especially what components to look out for.
Cambelts and water pumps seem to be the order of the day to look out for.

Many thanks
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My V6 is coming up to 180k, I had the cambelt done as soon as I got it cause you never know !

The engine still sounds sweet and pulls like a train. so far I have fitted all new susp (uprated/lowered), new rear brakes, new front wishbones and front/rear linkrods (cause they were siezed on).

car now drives like a young un :-) and the uprated susp is so much nicer then the std worn stuff.

Happy hunting.

Oh and if you are gonna change the waterpump make sure its one with metal propellers and not the plastic ones fitted as std, they snap.

I think its 3.0 GTV one you want.

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