Formerly 166, GT,
AO Silver Member
Join Date: Aug 2005
1.8 is the T-Spark engine - same as you will find in the 156 - so whatever you read about the 1.8 TS in the 156 applies equally to the GT as far as I know. Regular checking of the oil level and timing belt changes at 3 years/36,000 miles the main issues. No balance belt on the 1.8TS which is a good thing I guess.
Listen for a diesel sound on startup - if present, could indicate the variator is on the way out.
The rest of the car - suspension components wear, not unique to GT. Look out for any rattles in the trim etc - not serious but can be annoying. Rust underneath might be an issue if it's been imported - not terminal, but no harm in treating. The ride is hard enough on the GT on the standard shocks and springs. Check for wear on the inside of the front tyres - if present, suggests alignment is off. Easily corrected but means a new set of tyres! Check that all electrics are working and that all warning lights go out when they should...
Post up the link surely til we get a look at it. As with any other Alfa, evidence of service history from a reputable garage/mechanic are almost essential if you want to reduce risk.
The car looks much better with leather and minimum 17" wheels. Looks even better on 18" but then you need to have it lowered....
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