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View Poll Results: Do I defect od stay in the fold?
Repair the Alfa 164 V6 (300) 17 50.00%
Buy the Omega with all it's shiny toys (1k) 1 2.94%
Wait & buy a 164/166 etc later. (1k) 12 35.29%
Wait & buy something else - fast Volvo 850/Mitsi Galant/SAAB 9000/Jag XJ6 (1k) 3 8.82%
Give up driving & submit to the soulcrushing, timewasting, moneyeating evil bus. 0 0%
Other 1 2.94%
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Do i defect?

My 164's off the road at the minute due to being hit by a bus. The insurance stuations still up in the air (bus driver claims I hit him despite being stationary).

The repair quote I got was 1095, for a car with a list price of 400, so it's a writeoff.

My quandary is a friend (another bus driver as it happens) is swapping his Vauxhall Omega for a year-old Mazda 3 ( if MPS, otherwise).

The Omega is a 1999 model with around 120-130k:
2.5V6 auto, almost perfect white leather, air con, CD, built in phone, heated seats, champagne gold paint.
He's looking for 1k.

Having ridden in it seems pretty good, but it is an Omega so the outside's dull & not an Alfa


Sounds like a bargain, (list price is more like 1600) with the advantage I know him well enough to know he's alright.

Question is what do I do? - the Omega's tempting, but I was going to wait until the insurance had been sorted (so I know I've got NCB) & get some time to scrape some cash together.
Hopefully I could then find a good 164/166(/156 at a push) for a grand or so then.

Incidentally I'm stuck with a poverty spec Vauxhall Cavalier at present so anyway is up

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Blooming bus drivers... sorry to hear about your car, has the Omega got much history ??
 
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Blooming bus drivers... sorry to hear about your car, has the Omega got much history ??

**** me you're quick!

My friend's had the car for a couple of years, so he'll have history for that. He bought it off a neighbour, but I'm not sure what history he got then.
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wait, i hate feckin bus drivers

i was knocked off my bike by one, miss judged my handlebar width and clipped me while trying to overtake i watched his rear wheel roll by my head while sliding up the road. now i have no time for them at all zero tolerance!
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wait, i hate feckin bus drivers
I hate them too mate........oops i cant say that, i hate them all except my lot
 
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Repair the car you have, my Brother bought an Omega supposed to be mint and it nearly bankrupt him, car ended up scrap 6 months after he bought it
 
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Repair the car you have, my Brother bought an Omega supposed to be mint and it nearly bankrupt him, car ended up scrap 6 months after he bought it
That's one of my concerns - if Omega's are mentioned my old man always goes on about how the front suspension bushes only last 5 minutes & the whole arm has to be replaced etc etc.

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wait, i hate feckin bus drivers

i was knocked off my bike by one, miss judged my handlebar width and clipped me while trying to overtake i watched his rear wheel roll by my head while sliding up the road. now i have no time for them at all zero tolerance!
"miss judged my handlebar width" ?????? did he even turn the steering wheel? - a bikes hardly a big object to miss.
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i was overtaking a staionary bus, just finished passing it, when another clipped my bars from the other side! my handle bars where 28" wide lucky i was wearing my helmet
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Avoid the Omega with that mileage.

If you want (relatively) trouble free motoring go for the Mazda - Cue umpteen Mazda horror stories...................
 
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Get the Alfa fixed - you know you want to
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i clicked the wrong one i wanted to vote fix original fix her and get back on the road with the bus company paying of course
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Should you keep an Alfa V6 on the road

and you had to ask us
 
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Whatever you do don't defect to a Vauxhall.. Thats all I am saying as I am not a big fan of them.

The Omega is Ugly anyway, but if you must go for one at least get a 3 litre...
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You'd be surprised how prone the Omegas are to chassis rust. They promise a lot and deliver little.

Fix the 164...Please

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Get the Alfa fixed - you know you want to
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Should you keep an Alfa V6 on the road

and you had to ask us
Thing is, there's a few other issues with the car that are livable but need sorting & at the end of the day you have to be pragmatic.

Plus the car's been hit & written off before - while the VIC was painless 1st time around, I'm not sure if you can do it twice.

I'm kinda surprised no-ones said break it & they'll take the bits

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Whatever you do don't defect to a Vauxhall.. Thats all I am saying as I am not a big fan of them.

The Omega is Ugly anyway, but if you must go for one at least get a 3 litre...

I'd say its more bland than ugly - it's like they tried to butch up the bar-of-soap shape of the Cavalier. But of course that's of less importance from the inside

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You'd be surprised how prone the Omegas are to chassis rust. They promise a lot and deliver little.

Fix the 164...Please

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Chassis rust sounds bad - I'm betting it doesn't show up until it's close to terminal too.

I've been trawling Autotrader since the accident & saving the one's I liked in a folder in my favourites - 153 entries & only 3 were Omegas.

I must admit although the car sounds like it has all the toys I'd like in a car, it doesn't really seem desirable the way the Alfa 164 or some of the potential alternates I've been looking at do.
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I say get a Mitsubishi Galant, I had one and it was great! Not an Alfa but still a cracking car, very quick.

I'm actually finding myself tempted by a VR4 Galant!

But nah, sod that, I want a 156 SP3!
 
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fix her up....
 
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I say get a Mitsubishi Galant, I had one and it was great! Not an Alfa but still a cracking car, very quick.

I'm actually finding myself tempted by a VR4 Galant!

But nah, sod that, I want a 156 SP3!

True - there's a cheap one on Pistonheads, if he'd knock off the price of a good respray I might be tempted.
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Wait & buy a 164/166.

The Omega will drive like a Bus
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Fix it
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Wait and get a 166 later
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Vauxhall Omega
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Omegas are underrated.
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Omegas are underrated.
As in they're are BETTER than what people think they are?

Just checking that is what you are actually saying..?
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