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Hello all, newbie here - I'm looking at a used 159 ti from 'specialist' dealer Second City Motors (or 'LoveAlfa' as their website is called). I've asked some questions about the model elsewhere on here but just wondered if anyone had any experience of this dealer? They're just outside central Birmingham, sort of Ladywood area.
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I've only heard good things about them.

I did go and see a SAAB they had for sale and all the other cars they had loked pretty honest.
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I did go and see a SAAB they had for sale and all the other cars they had loked pretty honest.
Really nice guys know there stuff, I've bought three Alfa's off them all good & they have always offered me a fair part ex too.
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I purchased my diesel Gt from them, got a good deal certainly had no problems and they were very pleasant for second hand car dealers.
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Thanks guys, all sounds reassuring. I test drove the car (a 1.9 jtd) and there was a metallic 'singing' noise I wasn't happy with. chap from the dealer reckoned it was the famously dodgy gearbox and is taking it to a local specialist to be reconditioned. I can't quite decide whether that means I should walk away - or whether I should be happy because I'll then have a car with a sorted 'box. I'm leaning towards the latter...
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I bought my 156 from them, that's now 10 years ago. Then they tended to buy cars direct from fiat financial services - PCP hand backs. There's not many places that have survived selling mainly Alfas for that long, so they might be doing something right. I would be more confident to buy from them again than from a trader who just had one Alfa on their forecourt. I would hope by now they should recognise cars that will be trouble and steer clear.
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Thanks guys, all sounds reassuring. I test drove the car (a 1.9 jtd) and there was a metallic 'singing' noise I wasn't happy with. chap from the dealer reckoned it was the famously dodgy gearbox and is taking it to a local specialist to be reconditioned. I can't quite decide whether that means I should walk away - or whether I should be happy because I'll then have a car with a sorted 'box. I'm leaning towards the latter...

If its going to a local specialist it'll most likely be Motomech in Brum city centre , they also have a good rep .
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I was unimpressed. 'Nice guys' to be sure but I lost a deposit on a part ex with them. The TBI they were selling had a gearbox fault and wouldn't change gear easily. I was a mug to put down the cash and drive across country but I had heard good things about them and it was a low mileage car. They are no different to any other dodgy car dealer, just be very wary as I'm sure they won't hesitate to rip you off or sell you something that will fail as soon as you get clear of the end of the street. I won't be back.

The location is also somewhere it is impossible to really test an Alfa... dead in the middle of Birmingham. You might get to 30 in a traffic jam if you are lucky.

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Thanks Hurri - as you rightly say 'nice guys' if it's just on the surface doesn't mean much so I'm going in with eyes open. Second test drive today to see if they've sorted the issue I flagged up. You're also right about the location making it difficult to test effectively, on a short drive - when I did the initial drive I took the car onto the M6 to give me a chance to gun it, and also lapped a few roundabouts...
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