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just been watching a few cars on ebay

alfa romeo 156 gta 3.2 v6 2003 black rare car now spares or repair. timing belt snapped 1,555.89

2006 ALFA ROMEO 159 LUSSO 2.2 JTS RED 1,602.00

is this normal or did the 159 sell extremely cheaply
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One is a busso that can be salvaged by an enthusiast/worth a fair amount in spares. The other is a relative piece or crap, most likely a high mileage/neglected example too.
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I understand that though thought the busso would be quite damaged with valves hitting pistons maybe even damaging the big end shells, piston crowns etc..

and thought the 159 was cheap even for ebay..

going to be looking for a GTA myself soon but seeing as ive seen non damaged ones selling for 2500 it seemed a lot
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The GTA would most likely have been broken for spares; if it has teledials those alone are worth about 500. They're worth more in bits than as a car!

The 159 could be a plethora of things, wrong colour, wrong alloys, no leather interior and also is not a massively popular engine. Most 159s have Diesel engines in them (at least that is what's most desired) and of course this is the worst one to get a good price for a car, for the seller anyway.
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yeah its gutting to see so many Gta,s that look quite good being broken
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Indeed, but then there's the likes of a 147 GTA for sale at 9500 which is just stupid money.

I'd love a GTA but in all fairness, I (like a lot of people) am not prepared to spend the money to run one properly and if it's not done properly there's no point.
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no they look expensive to run but ive decided i want one and will take the risk.

hoping as a qualified mechanic with lots of engine building experience i can keep some costs down plus i dont do mega mileage.

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Yeah.. I'm anything but a qualified mechanic. Can do stuff like clean out EGRs and wishbones but wouldn't trust myself with anything to do with the engine/drivetrain

And I wouldn't have a 156 because I don't like the look of them (personal opinion entirely) so that leaves me with a 147 GTA.
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IMO to try and own a car like a GTA as an everyday car is not the way to preserve it. One day the GTA's which have been looked after, kept in a garage and had little use, sunny days and Alfa Romeo rallies etc only will fetch the same sort of money that 101 Giuliettas, fetch today, making a couple grand look like change.
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I reckon that GTA will live on, I was watching it in the last 30 seconds and didn't feel it was worth paying any more than it was currently at to buy it to break. No doubt other breakers will have thought the same. The problem with high mileage GTAs and breaking them is half the parts you want to sell are already knackered or worn out.
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I was also watching that one, but two things prevented me from getting it ...

1) The wife would ****ing kill me if I bought another broken car hone
2) Nottingham is a hefty distance away when you are towing a trailer.

It did look like a nice clean car though. High miles, but after a valve job and new big ends, it would be good to go. If one comes up locally, I will probably snap it up and hide it from the missus in a shed...
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