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'Volvo guy', finally gets an Alfa.

Some of you may remember me from July time, when I was looking for a diesel Alfa, but I currently have 3 Volvos. Anyway, went to Alfa Spare Parts in Haslingden today, test drove a red 2003 156 2.4JTD Sportwagon with a genuine mileage of only 59k.

Did the deal by putting a decent deposit down, but I ideally need to sell a Volvo by mid-late January. Calculations show that I should save around 2,000/year on fuel if I average 42, as I do 25-30k miles a year, in a T5 and R.

We will have 2 Alfas as the wife has a 156 1.8TS, so happy days for the wife, as she loves them.

Converted to Alfa by the mrs, and I thank her lots.
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It took a while, but I have one. I'll come to a NW meet in it soon, and I'm looking forward to the diesel economy.
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Mine is a pre facelift model, but with revised interior. My wife has the facelift 156, which I do prefer, but the low mileage on mine was the main factor.
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Glad you finally got sorted......
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Glad you finally got sorted......

Thank you! It was a toss up between the one that I bought, and a 156 saloon 2.4JTD 20V, that possibly requires a new gearbox. The saloon could have ended up being a right money pit, so I decided against that.
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Wise decision

You buy an Alfa that needs one job and other jobs soon come crawling out from under the wheel arches
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Wise decision

You buy an Alfa that needs one job and other jobs soon come crawling out from under the wheel arches
It's a shame though, cos the saloon is a 55 plate in dark blue, and a good looking motor. However, it's been sat in Haslingden for months, but had a new clutch, which didn't cure the issue, so the owner now thinks it's the box.

I was going to ask Alfa Spare Parts to check it out for me, but then they had the red sportwagon that I'm buying for sale, which made a lot more sense.
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If its a 2.4 20v its probably due another set of shafts before long as well

Was this the guy up on Hassy Old Road, just on the corner?
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If its a 2.4 20v its probably due another set of shafts before long as well

Was this the guy up on Hassy Old Road, just on the corner?
Shafts and flywheel were also on the list of possible issues. Alfa Spare Parts are where you mention. He's been really good for us with work on my wife's car, and that's where mine will go for everything it needs.
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This is the car, and he has got a full set of matching wheels for it. He was talking 800'ish, as it is.

http://i1130.photobucket.com/albums/...psa845f053.jpg
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Ab never had him down as a seller always thought he was a breaker

Heard many good things about him even if some of his parts prices on ebay are a bit comical
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Nice looker

It is, and considering it's been stood for months. However, it's the problems under the skin that are the worry.
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Ab never had him down as a seller always thought he was a breaker

Heard many good things about him even if some of his parts prices on ebay are a bit comical
Neil Catlow has been selling cars for ages - he regularly has an ad in the AROC magazine, as he is an AROC member.......

I think his ebay prices are speculative.....on the odd occasion I've been to see him to source a part I didn't have, the price has been "better"......
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He always has a few listed on his own website as well.
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