Well folks I've had the GTV for four years now and I feel it is time to move on to something a bit more practical and what I have decided upon is a 159.
I have test driven 2 already
a beautiful 159Ti
Alfa Romeo 159 2.2 JTS TI 4DR ***Mint Condition with Great Spec*** - €11,950 - Used Cars on Carzone.ie - New & Used Cars in Ireland
only disappointment was it absolutely stank of cigarettes and there were a few cigarette burns in the leather on the drivers seat. Apart from that and a bit of condensation in the rear lights everything was spot on and the paintwork was perfect as well as the wheels. The seller didn't really know much about the car and that was evidenced by the way the price went up 3 times by 1 k each time three days in a row after it went up on carzone.
But having looked into it a bit more the 2.2 with its €850 tax and 22 - 24 mpg means I couldn't really live with it what with having to save for a wedding etc. So I have settled on a 1.9JTS instead.
So I drove the following this evening
Alfa Romeo 159 1.9 JTS TURISMO - €7,950 - Used Cars on Carzone.ie - New & Used Cars in Ireland
First thoughts were, loved the colour on the outside but didn't really like the colour of the interior, way to much tan colour for me and it discolours very easily.
Then the dealer pointed out that there was an engine management light on the dash. This, he pointed out was down to a fuel actuator which he is having fixed by Donahue's in the morning.
The second thing I noticed was a bit of a judder when starting the engine, it only lasted for a second or less but it was there where it wasn't in the Ti. Cathal had told me that this could be a timing chain issue, but the seller (obviously not thinking straight) said that Cathal was talking rubbish and that the judder could be engine mounts or gearbox issues, to which I replied "and that is supposed to be better?"!!
I had a look at the receipts and on one of the services Tractamotors were asked to service and investigate a "power steering type noise", I asked as to whether this was ever fixed and was told "we have 94 cars here I can't just magic up a service history, what's in the car is what we have", that also answered my question regarding service history!! Bare in mind I had told him I was coming to view the car a couple of hours beforehand so he had time to do his homework.
Anyway, besides that the car drove fine and I would be more than happy with the 1.9JTS even if it did feel like driving a bus coming from the GTV!! But with the issues that it has and the attitude of the dealer I won't be taking this car.
Edit: I just remembered something that the dealer never mentioned, the window on the passenger side didn't work, all it did was make a horrible grinding noise!
Next car I want to have a look at is the Robino red one in Lee (Cork), if anyone would like to check it out for me I'd be much obliged
Just so I don't go all that way to find out it's a minger!!
Alfa Romeo 159 1.9 JTS TURISMO - €7,900 - Used Cars on Carzone.ie - New & Used Cars in Ireland
Last but not least, does anyone want to by my GTV
If anyone wants more details let me know but the vital stats are:
it is rosso red with every conceivable paint sin (pink bumpers, laquer peel, chips and dents) 126k miles
unmarked tan leather interior
NCT Aug this year
wishbones have been done
timing belt will be done in the next few weeks
full service history all with Ti Auto since I've had it, Pascal Kennedy, Don Baker and Ti (again) before I owned it
I've had it on the rolling road twice and both times the bhp has been over 140 and torque in the 120's
Pics are here:
Thanks for reading!! Let the car shopping commence!!