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My wife as finally seen sense.........

My wife has finally seen sense and decided to ditch her 306 cab( Now up for sale ) and drive an Alfa

Yesterday we were the winning bidder on this...

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...=STRK:MEWNX:IT

Cant pick it up until the weekend at the earliest as my little man's not well again and spent the weekend in hospital fighting a chest infection.
Bit cautious having never brought a motor on ebay before but I have a suspicion the owner is a AO member, just waiting for confirmation. Does look a beaut though

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Looks nice got to be better than the pug though !!
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Nice looking car,I hope your sons in his car seat soon.
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Cheers,

My Mrs wanted a cab since she was 17, move on 21 years and she finally got one, trouble is with Mason's condition the roof very rarely comes down, so pointless having a cabbie(I told her this at the time-but let her get it out of her system) So knowing this I only taxed the cab for 6 months.
I've never been a fan of anything french or cabriolets so the 2 together IMO are a bad mix, both the 306 and the megane of that era were boneshakers, doing 90mph in one is a whole different experience all together.
Just got to try and recoup some of the costs now, there is a market for them and the good ones sell well, ours is a phase 3,51 plate with 65k on the clock in moonstone blue with red leather so got a fair bit going for it.

Incidentally what won my wife over was in her words "The difference in drive between mine and yours is huge"
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WoW, somebody has seriously loved their GTV. Have you seen what has been spent on the car n the last 3 years?! Blimey.
Looks a good one, hope the Mrs sees the light and stays that way!
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WoW, somebody has seriously loved their GTV. Have you seen what has been spent on the car n the last 3 years?! Blimey.
Looks a good one, hope the Mrs sees the light and stays that way!
I know that was the main reason I plumped 2k on her on Saturday, not expecting to win it. Someone bid it up to 1950.
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Seriously nice GTV, congratulations. Hope to see it at the next SWARM
 
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Seriously nice GTV, congratulations. Hope to see it at the next SWARM
Home life is starting too settle down a little now, Mason on the mend(touch wood) so hopefully I'll be there and spoilt for choose at that!
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I used to have a 306 cab a few years ago. was not a bad car just had no power (2.0 8v) GTV is way better.

car looks nice well done good buy.....
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That's an absolute beauty, and the best colour combination (not that I'm biased).
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Looks great Paul.......well ware
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looks very smart, great find
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Cheers all, would have been better with a 3.0L V6 lump in her but the fuel cost from the wife's cab are bad enough as it is.
I don't know who's looking forward to collecting her on Saturday more Going to be a nice run back for the missus as route planner suggests its 3hr run, we may have swap half way.
Owner is an AO member although not a regular, just hope its not a lemon.
What colour serpents would suit, red or black?
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That looks stunning. I can't see any reason for it to be a lemon, the guy has not exactly skimped on maintainance! I love the look of the twin exhaust by the way, looks good without being too obvious.
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Cheers, just a little dubious not having seen the car first, kinda gone against my golden rule on this. Seller has been great tho, quite open in discussion so as yet have nothing to doubt.
Yeah your right the **** end looks the dogs danglies without overkill also I was never a real fan of the GTV side on but that spoiler does it justice.
Mrs loves the look of it and cant wait to drive her, I can see a few "debates" on the horizon over who drives what..... "its my car" "yes but I paid for it" all good fun

Going to take both out on Sunday and get some scenic shots done.
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Cry Like A Baby

GUTTED!!!!!!!!

Set out yesterday which the intention of coming home with 2 Alfas and came back with none
Had to come in a loan *****ty ford fusion(most uncomfortable ride ever!! horrid,horrid car)
Got to within 20 miles of the GTV when my 156 decides to pop out 5th gear, Hmmmm, does it again, bu&&er! Engine loses a little power and acceleration becomes how can I describe it.... knocky.
Bl00dy clutch on the way out, so pull in a cracket lane services M25 pop the bonnet and you can really smell the clutch slipping, great dual mass fly wheel, ouch!

Rang the seller who was very understandable and offered to cover his re list fee's, so there a nice GTV going still for all those interested.
My Bella is still "daawn sauff" waiting to be brought back on a low loader to Simply alfas hopefully tomorrow. So expect a call first thing John if you read this

What a ****** of a weekend, and to top it off I keep catching glimpse of that *****e Fusion disgracing my drive

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bad luck dude...but why are you not still purchasing the GTV ?...you could of come home in it then...

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Unfortunately I'm going to have to use some of the 2k to repair the 156, Wish it were different as my wife had really set her heart on the GTV but with the cabriolet not sold yet its too much cash to be tied into 3 different cars. If her car was already sold then great but with the prospect of a 700 bill its a difficult scenario.
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What a pile of pooh , hope you get the 156 sorted and find another GTV as nice as that soon .
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The SA boy's got me out of the mire today. I was expecting a 700 touch DMF, turns out the Muppet(that's me being diplomatic) who replaced the clutch forgot to replace the upper bung and top up G.box oil. So once on the M.way and under temp my Bella decided now is the time to alert me to this sloppy workmanship.
So far so good the gearbox seems as should, only time will time if any damage was caused by me changing gear with the use of mayo as a lubricant.

Hats off to lads, as ever a great service, see you on weds for my ARB
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TBH as much as I wanted that GTV, over the course of the week there were too many omens raising there ugly heads, Golden rule, not seen car, broken. My wife's car didn't sell,(funds from this were going onto the GTV, Insurance was way higher than we were expecting(third party was 800) n my wife's been driving 21 years??? On the morning of collection my hypo-plastic left heart son was quite unwell with a cold(fatal to him) but still we went ahead with purchase, got babysitters for the others and set out with Mason only to get within 20 miles of the motor before my bella as a fit.
May not seem much too others but to me it was just too much saying I shouldn't be here doing this! Added to that the prospect of as heavy bill was all too much. I may have missed out on a gorgeous GTV, who knows?? But in heart of hearts I feel I've made the right decision.
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on the other hand, all your bad luck has been used up, go for it!

but best to feel confident either way
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I would do normally, just driving the 156 today doesn't feel quite the same. I can't put my finger on it just doesn't feel as smooth. So possible gearbox damage, knowing my luck I'll buy new car and the g.box will go the following week.
To top if off the wife's 306 decided to dump its back box last night....chuffing cars.
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