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Looky Looky Alfa sins confessional

Racked by guilt about what you did to an Alfa?
Can’t sleep for writing it off?
Kicking yourself for selling it?
Hanging your head in shame after scrappage scheme?

Confess and I shall absolve you of your sins my child...
Or not

Like the time I smashed up my 147 valves for lack of cambelt change on time, or even near time.
Like me part-exing it for a, a... ford. And finding it was then untaxed and un-mot’d so I probably consigned a perfectly good alfa to an early death
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No regrets from me.

Pretty much all of the Alfas I have sold were in better shape than when I bought them

Except for the two which blew their engines, they had been neglected previously and were beyond my ability to save.
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I bought a beautiful Alfa 147 Collezione (1 of 500) in black.
Paid only £1000 for it.
Immaculate condition, no mechanical faults (even started first time in the freezing cold).
Drove like a dream, I took good care of her.
Was probably worth 3x what I paid.

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I sold my Brera.
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On my 1st GTV I tried to jump start it and put the jump leads on the wrong way round, I'm sure I caused no end of damage to the electrics, My 145 suffered a cam belt failure after I left it too long in between changes, a 2.0 engine scrapped, I also got rid of an Alfetta saloon cheaply which I really should have kept but I was young and had no serious wonga to keep it going,
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Traded the 33 in for a Fiat Bravo all because I couldn't be arsed to get a AFM replaced and the (ex) Mrs wanted a reliable car.
Should have got rid of the worm infested Beetle and kept the 33
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I traded my lovely 145 QV in for a bloody horrible Corsa 1.2. And I had to give them money too!

I had replaced it for myself already with a Fiat Coupe 20VT. But I wish I'd been able to talk my wife into taking on the QV. She had only just started driving, and was a bit worried to have a powerful car.

There was absolutely nothing about that Corsa which could be considered a redeeming characteristic. Unmitigated rubbishness.
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I traded my lovely 145 QV in for a bloody horrible Corsa 1.2. And I had to give them money too!

I had replaced it for myself already with a Fiat Coupe 20VT. But I wish I'd been able to talk my wife into taking on the QV. She had only just started driving, and was a bit worried to have a powerful car.

There was absolutely nothing about that Corsa which could be considered a redeeming characteristic. Unmitigated rubbishness.

I think Bazza is just trying to distract from the fact that he SOLD a GTA.


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Hmm.

Much as I loved that GTA (enough to keep it for 10 years!), it doesn't have feel as the QV. Because there was some sense to the change and what I replaced it with I guess.

That said, the C63 is epic, and has a lot of advantages, but it certainly doesn't feel as special to me yet as the GTA did. Maybe in another 9 years?

I haven't asked the new owner of the GTA how it's going since I sold it. I keep being tempted to, but I'm not sure if I'd be more upset with a positive or negative answer!

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I part ex'd my 147 for peanuts, having been a supremely reliable car (once the clutch was replaced) in the 7 years I had it and one of the better examples in terms of factory build, rustproofing etc - left me in a lot better nick than I picked it up for.

Was reminded after the fact that I'd just spent 2/3 of the px value on replacing wheel bearings a month earlier - absolutely gutted... If I'd have been able to afford to run both, that's what I would (should) have done.

I was just allured by the thought of a newer car in Alfa Red... the 147 turned out to be in better nick than the 159 tbh

Saddens me to think somebody might just run it into the ground, as it hasn't cropped up on here....
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Took my 916 for a belt change and variator to a none independent. 600 miles later the valves said Hellloooo Pistons!!

Seem to have had rather bad luck since with it.

I do not regret selling any of my Alfas (only sold two ). In fact I don't regret selling any car ever with maybe the exception of my first. It was **** but it was my first.
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Except for the two which blew their engines, they had been neglected previously and were beyond my ability to save.

I see.


Burn him!!


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My '45 developed a weird scraping sound occasionally from the right side of the engine.

I had a peep in there and couldn't see anything wrong.. although I did notice at the same time that the water temperature gauge would read 88 rather than the more usual 86...

My brain must have been in slow motion, as over the course of a few days it occurred to me that there was potentially a problem with the water pump.. but almost within an hour of me deciding I would look at it, I was trundling down the motorway and the cam-belt self-destructed, wrecking the engine.

It turns out the water pump bearings had collapsed and the errant pulley pushed the belt off. The scraping sound was the belt rubbing against the belt cover, until it overheated and the delaminating strands jammed in the crank pulley.

With hindsight, it should have been bleedin' obvious what was happening and I kick myself for even noticing the subtle shift in temperature.. but somehow it just didn't register as serious.

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Three years ago I'd found and bought my first Alfa - lovely red 159 in as-new condition with only 10k miles on the clock. Next day went for its first significant journey for daughter to look round Bath Uni and then into the city for lunch. There's this oddly-constructed multi-storey car park involving waist-height beams at the back of the spaces - nicely above the parking sensors. Backing in to a space: first couple of beeps then crunch and the boot pops open.

Badge well-mashed - replaced pdq. Otherwise ok? Maybe not: now I see there's a slight but visible deformation of the boot panel.
Glaring at me reproachfully.
Ever since.
Every time I'm behind the car.
From any distance.
Especially when it's clean.
Whispering quietly: "You idiot!"

I ought to get it fixed. Ask my excellent local dent repairer to have a look. Get a used boot lid. Get a newboot lid. But it's too embarrassing. I just know they'll be thinking quietly: "You idiot!"

There. I've told someone. Doesn't feel any better.
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Well the first step to repent is to admit, then you can make amends at the car bodyshop and lo, ye shall be cleansed.
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I've eaten my lunch in both the Giuliettas I've had. Crumbs on the seat afterwards. I always say I won't eat in the car but after about 6-9 months my resolve drops

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You'll be saying you've been to a MuckDonalds drive-threw next!

I never eat in my car.
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Only for breakfast! But I eat in!

Only a sarnie or a pastry based product (pie/scotch egg/sausage roll) in the car, no grease! I've got standards!!
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You'll be saying you've been to a MuckDonalds drive-threw next!

I never eat in my car.

I also never eat muckydee's
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Thinking of getting a bicycle rack fitted to the back of GQV.

The thought alone makes me sweat but my Daughter and I have really got into cycling and we need to go further afield for the best places
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I had a mint rust free, probably one of best in country 2.5 V6 156s, but absolutely ruined it making a stupid mistake at a track day at Donington. I ended up sliding all the way down craner curves sideways and hit a tyre wall side on...

As it got under my skin, I spent the next 2 years converting and building another mint one.
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whilst i don't regret pxing my 147, it went for peanuts and everyone says it was a lovely car. i was more fixated on spending 700 notes in the next six months doing the belt/waterpump/variator/mot/service.
i knew i wanted a 159 with tan seats and the 2.4 engine - bloody found one 10 miles up the road. naturally i had to go and see it and i did't have all the money - but i picked it up 4 days later lol
probably should have kept the 147 a bit longer and driven it into the ground but that's not what i do with cars.
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Jeaus, Jim, my story exactly, but I went for black leather!
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