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It looks lovely in a rare mid blue metallic. 43k miles on the clock. Full engine rebuild. They're asking 10k for it which seems a lot for a 55 plate. Any thoughts on Ned's boys in terms of rebuilds? It would take a lot to chop my SW in for it. Does it seem expensive and would you worry about the work done on the rebuild?

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Veloces have one for £9k and there is a black one for £10k, both with similar mileage so it seems to be the asking price for them right now. My thoughts would be an engine rebuild can only be a good thing
 

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It looks lovely in a rare mid blue metallic. 43k miles on the clock. Full engine rebuild. They're asking 10k for it which seems a lot for a 55 plate. Any thoughts on Ned's boys in terms of rebuilds? It would take a lot to chop my SW in for it. Does it seem expensive and would you worry about the work done on the rebuild?

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Top money but looks like top car. Peace of mind dealing with Autolusso as well:thumbup:

Good V6's now fetching much higher prices.
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Probably get a decent length warranty on the engine,well id hope so:thumbup:
 

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How can a car have only 43,000 miles yet have needed a "full engine rebuild"? It must have either been neglected or is a lemon.
Looks nice mind and Autolusso are very well respected among Alfa owners.
 

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How can a car have only 43,000 miles yet have needed a "full engine rebuild"? It must have either been neglected or is a lemon.
Looks nice mind and Autolusso are very well respected among Alfa owners.
It's still 11 years old... Original timing belt could have let go causing all sorts of under bonnet carnage, oil coolers will rust out over time... If that let go catastrophically then that's the bottom end ruined..

Lots of reasons that it could have needed some TLC, and like you say the AL boys will consistently do a top job at a great price..

If I was in the market for a GT V6, then a top shelf fully sorted model from Autolusso would look very appealing.. Might be pricey, but you know it's gonna be a good'un from AL.
 

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We had a 29,000 mile escort many years ago and even though it was less than 10yrs old at the time it needed a engine rebuild due to low use...

Im more than happy to own a high mileage car as long as its been looked after...low mileage/use can be the issue
 

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some on here have bought similar cars for for 5-6k in good faith only to discover that 4-5k remedial work was required, I can think of at least two in the last year...

with this in mind 10k which i would imagine is probably a starting point for negotiation is about right at the moment, bear in mind it ill likely come with a full 12 months of MOT, will probably have had the oil cooler replaced with the mocal kit be undersealed, wishbones and bushes replaced all the usual stuff that can really begin to mount up in both time and money for the unwary buyer, as previously stated it will ''want for nothing'' a cheaper higher mileage example could end up costing as much or more in the short to mid term, I reckon its quaifed as well and being it's bee done at AL I would have complete confidence in all of the work carried out.

I have actually seen this one from up on ramps when down at Ned's for some work on the Blackie and it looks a peach:thumbup:



if you have 10k on your person then in that rare atlantico blue it would be worth it for at least 3 years of just regular servicing and fuel.
 

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some on here have bought similar cars for for 5-6k in good faith only to discover that 4-5k remedial work was required, I can think of at least two in the last year...

with this in mind 10k which i would imagine is probably a starting point for negotiation is about right at the moment, bear in mind it ill likely come with a full 12 months of MOT, will probably have had the oil cooler replaced with the mocal kit be undersealed, wishbones and bushes replaced all the usual stuff that can really begin to mount up in both time and money for the unwary buyer, as previously stated it will ''want for nothing'' a cheaper higher mileage example could end up costing as much or more in the short to mid term, I reckon its quaifed as well and being it's bee done at AL I would have complete confidence in all of the work carried out.

I have actually seen this one from up on ramps when down at Ned's for some work on the Blackie and it looks a peach:thumbup:



if you have 10k on your person then in that rare atlantico blue it would be worth it for at least 3 years of just regular servicing and fuel.
Yup like me. And I paid top dollar for my 55k 2005 GT.

Autolusso are great they are doing my top end I would have no worries about the re-build. 10k is a lot but I wouldn't let mine go for any less than 8-8.5k after everything I've had done.

My advice would be if you are buying a 3.2 either spend lots like this one or buy as cheap as possible and be prepared to re-build the engine.
 

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... rare atlantico blue ...
It's Dijon/Digione Blue, Atlantico Blue wasn't introduced until late 2007 ;)
Both are still one of the best colour choices for the GT along with the earlier metallic blue, Atlantico would be my preference of the three though :cool:
 

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That price looks fair. I paid £9000 last year for a 1 owner, 37,000 mile 3.2 in Lipari Grigio with Xenons and 18" turbines from a respected Alfa specialist. It had a load of work done by the dealer including an engine rebuild, Q2 diff, cam belt change with metal impeller water pump, new oil cooler, ARB drop links plus the alloys, calipers and engine covers had been professionally refurbished. They also fitted a new clutch, battery, windscreen, brake discs, alternator and radiator.

Really good, low mileage 3.2s with provenance are well worth that sort of money. Good Ford Focus RS's of the same age go for £14,000 which makes no sense to me at all.

That Autolusso GT is worth every penny of £10,000.
 

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Mine has done 80k and has all the extras plus Q2 so I picked it up for what I thought a reasonable £5k but unfortunately it had a world of problems so within a few months cost me £3k to sort along with getting a few bits I wanted to do, the alloys refurbed, scorpion cat back and calipers repainted. I would have been more than happy spending that £3k on mods but it did leave me a bit gutted really having to spend a vast majority of that amount on the engine and clutch only. Despite spending all that money it is still not finished which is a proper ball ache really. Imagine what I could of done with that sort of money....upgraded suspension, remap, induction, new leather seats, bodywork sorted etc. I've got no idea what the value of it now really!? All I know is, it runs beautifully and is a pleasure to drive. I can't complain too much I suppose, I could have bought one for £8k and still had the same issues.
 

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Mine has done 80k and has all the extras plus Q2 so I picked it up for what I thought a reasonable £5k but unfortunately it had a world of problems so within a few months cost me £3k to sort along with getting a few bits I wanted to do, the alloys refurbed, scorpion cat back and calipers repainted. I would have been more than happy spending that £3k on mods but it did leave me a bit gutted really having to spend a vast majority of that amount on the engine and clutch only. Despite spending all that money it is still not finished which is a proper ball ache really. Imagine what I could of done with that sort of money....upgraded suspension, remap, induction, new leather seats, bodywork sorted etc. I've got no idea what the value of it now really!? All I know is, it runs beautifully and is a pleasure to drive. I can't complain too much I suppose, I could have bought one for £8k and still had the same issues.


and that is exactly the issue you face when buying one of these,


they CAN be bought for peanuts but the condition of the ones available can vary to such a large degree that the only way to buy privately is to meet the seller at a well known Alfa specialist and have it inspected from top to bottom including compression test ,full diagnostics and a long and varied test drive. I would be VERY surprised if any one of them got a completely clean bill of health. but then you can say that about any 10 year old + car.

you have a choice to either buy as cheap as you can and do all the required work or pay top dollar from a well respected specialist, I suspect financially there is not a lot in it.

In my experience most of the time things cost a particular amount of money and or effort to achieve,whether it's buying a car or refurbishing your house, you can sometimes if you are lucky get around it by doing a degree of the work yourself in effect trading your time for money.

IMO a sorted GT V6 will cost between 8- 10k


whether you pay this up front or spend less on the vehicle and defer the rest of the financial layout till later or indeed offset by getting the spanners out yourself is up to you.


if I was looking for a GT V6 now having seen what I have with a few on here I would buy the Autolusso one

It's a ''known quantity'' which in the world of buying V6 Alfa GT's is a fairly rare thing..!
 

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you have a choice to either buy as cheap as you can and do all the required work or pay top dollar from a well respected specialist, I suspect financially there is not a lot in it.

In my experience most of the time things cost a particular amount of money and or effort to achieve,whether it's buying a car or refurbishing your house, you can sometimes if you are lucky get around it by doing a degree of the work yourself in effect trading your time for money.

IMO a sorted GT V6 will cost between 8- 10k

whether you pay this up front or spend less on the vehicle and defer the rest of the financial layout till later or indeed offset by getting the spanners out yourself is up to you.
Don't agree with you. If you buy a cheap one (£4000) with several owners and 80,000 on it and spend time and money on it to get it up to snuff (say another £3000) it's still a GT with 80,000 miles against the one with 40,000 miles you could have bought for similar money.You can't buy the mileage back and you can't remove the list of previous owners. I think it's called "throwing good money after bad". It will never be worth as much as the low mileage/owners car because values of this marque are so mileage sensitive. Work done by a specialist is always going to be more valued than work you've done yourself no matter how competent you are.
 

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Don't agree with you. If you buy a cheap one (£4000) with several owners and 80,000 on it and spend time and money on it to get it up to snuff (say another £3000) it's still a GT with 80,000 miles against the one with 40,000 miles you could have bought for similar money.You can't buy the mileage back and you can't remove the list of previous owners. I think it's called "throwing good money after bad". It will never be worth as much as the low mileage/owners car because values of this marque are so mileage sensitive. Work done by a specialist is always going to be more valued than work you've done yourself no matter how competent you are.
don't see what there is to disagree with..?


I never mentioned mileage anywhere in my post, in fact my comments were based on having a solid reliable working GT at the end of the process and what it would cost to achieve this, what the resale value would be was not even in my equation..I never mentioned residual value at all, just the cost involved in doing the thing.

I still maintain that it will cost you between 8-10k to end up with a really good one in most cases....buy a high miler and it will be cheaper but probably cost more to sort in the end so your overall spend will be similar as if you had went out and bought the minter in the first place., that was all I was saying and we were basically agreeing, in fact at the end of my post I stated I would buy the autolusso one, I see you missed that bit on your quote.


the point is not everyone has 10k flying around and if somebody doesn't buy the high miler it will end up as spare parts, so the £2995 one on autotrader with 123k on the clock is a good option for someone who is prepared to speculate and do a bit of work for the car they want. I 100% agree with you it will not be worth what the minter with the specialist history will be worth BUT..


and here is the kicker..

on another recent thread someone is looking at buying one who does 30k a year, if the owner of the 123k example does 3k a year in his and the owner of the 60 k example does 30k a year in his then in two years they will be worth more or less the same.

the more time passes and the higher mileage will become less of an issue as they will ALL be higher mileage.


but basically I agree with you, I just think you misunderstood the premise of my comments.
 

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In this case mine would be a good buy for someone really. I wouldn't be expecting more than say £6k for it and apart from a suspension upgrade if someone so wanted then the other jobs that need doing are quite small, a bit of bodywork, the reverse parking sensors and heated seat switch and are all that need doing. £300 outlay and jobs a good un. Unfortunately I have run out of money to do much else hence why I will probably have to sell it, as much as I don't want to :(
 

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In this case mine would be a good buy for someone really. I wouldn't be expecting more than say £6k for it and apart from a suspension upgrade if someone so wanted then the other jobs that need doing are quite small, a bit of bodywork, the reverse parking sensors and heated seat switch and are all that need doing. £300 outlay and jobs a good un. Unfortunately I have run out of money to do much else hence why I will probably have to sell it, as much as I don't want to :(

don't sell it mate,

you have done 99% of the work and you will always regret it, it doesn't make sense from a financial perspective to sell it now..live with the bits that are not perfect for now, they are in all fairness very minor! and you have been on some journey with that car, you deserve to be the beneficiary of that. not someone else.

I have now decided to keep the blackie as they only way it will ''pay me back'' in both monetary and enjoyment terms is by keeping it...I am just embarking on a PHD so will have Zero money for the next 3 years or 80,000 words, which ever happens first.

the point is the money you have spent is only actually a loss when you sell,until that point you own an appreciating asset. anything you replace it with will likely be a depreciating asset. It may be my father in law account speaking now, but you sell only when you can break even or make a profit.

until then enjoy it unless someone makes you an offer that you can't refuse..:yes:
 

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I am doing all I can to keep it but it might come to a point of something else goes wrong I may not be able to get it fixed! If I had a car that is cheaper to run on fuel in particular then I would have cash freed up. I've made as many savings as I can elsewhere unfortunately. This single man life has many benefits.....non financial though haha
 

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I am doing all I can to keep it but it might come to a point of something else goes wrong I may not be able to get it fixed! If I had a car that is cheaper to run on fuel in particular then I would have cash freed up. I've made as many savings as I can elsewhere unfortunately. This single man life has many benefits.....non financial though haha
fair enough Graham,

I hope it works out so you can keep it, I remember something similar years ago when i had a pre CBS telecaster, early days of my session career and work was up and down and the guitar even then was worth well into 4 figures...anyway to cut a long short I had to sell it for rent...:depressed:

ironically 2 weeks after I sold it I got a gig that saw me right for the year..and 20 years later I still miss that guitar!
 
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