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This evening after a very long time of driving pleasure that only an Alfa can give, the engine has well and truely gone on the GTV and can only be described as FUBAR. This is then end of the car as it isn't economically viable to get a new engine etc. and as such I am now on the look out for a replacement car. Needless to say I am absolutley gutted!
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Second hand engine?

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Sorry to hear that mate - try wrinx's idea!
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Thanks but I think I'll put this one to bed and go for something else.
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Re: So long and thanks for all the fish

So what exactly happened?

A suitably tragic story should get you lots of sympathy to make you feel a littl better
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jeeeez dude, what happened??
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Re: So long and thanks for all the fish

If you like the car surely a reconditioned engine is the way to go???
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The car was bought to be poked and entered into various road trip events and as such a cheapish car was chosen and the remaining capital put towards "doing it up". Not much to say other than driving along when smoke came into the cabin followed by a trail of smoke from behind and the oil light coming on. Stopped 500 yards up the road as this was the first safe spot to do so and found the sump loosing oil at an alarming rate.

Towed home and the power steering has gone which made pushing it back into position very hard. Will get shot of it in the next week or so and then activly look for a replacement car.
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Re: So long and thanks for all the fish

Sorry to hear that Gary, wish you well for the choice of your next car!
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Thanks BF. Am toying with the idea of getting a TVR.
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not good news Gary...best of luck with whatever you get next


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Bad luck Gary.


The TVR sounds interesting and good luck with it.
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Thanks guys. Have had the practice/experience of an Alfa and now just need to transfer that over to the Tiv.
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Re: So long and thanks for all the fish

From your description, is it not possible that you just have a holed sump?
How expensive / hard to fit is the sump? I would have thought it'd be amongst the easiest of big engine jobs.
Not sure it inescapably leads to scrapping the car.
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Will be going into garage some time next week and will post any updates here. TBH due to the inter-galactic milage and age it's not worth spending a few grand on a new/reconditioned engine. The engine will not turn over - a sure sign of it be FUBAR.
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Re: So long and thanks for all the fish

Aye! It could be that the crank and rods have had enough of being held captive and have made a bid for freedom.

Probably not economic to repair... but you know you want to stick in a replacement donkey, really..


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Re: So long and thanks for all the fish

i do know of someone selling a 3.2 gta mota for around 800!
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Car gets taken to the garage tomorrow for poking to see just what the problem is/how much is going to cost. I'm guessing it shouldn't sound like a diesel!
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Right, car has been declared a write-off. Have picked up the TVR Chimaera which is now outside of Chez Gary. End of a nice partnership!
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Re: So long and thanks for all the fish

shame dude! dont really want to hear that! whats wrong apart from engine??
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Re: So long and thanks for all the fish

A real shame

However, despite the Chimp being a fabulous car, (I'm hanging out for a Cerbie), won't you be needing a run-around? Why not look at a tidy 147/156 to keep the dream alive and spark an Anglo-Italian best-of-both-worlds

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Jed - if I had the parking for two cars I most likely would have thought about a run around.

EA - AFAIK it's just the engine plus labour which has finalised this.

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Re: So long and thanks for all the fish

so what you doing with her then, please dont say scrappy
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so what you doing with her then, please dont say scrappy
Most likely will go this way...
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Most likely will go this way...
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