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Hello,

I went to view a grey Alfa GTV V6 which is advertised on Pistonheads.

alfa specialists : 02-51 ALFA GTV 3.0 AERO 84K SERVICE HISTORY

In the advert is is described a "mint" but it was not! To my standards the car was in good condition. The passenger door needed a complete respray and and a few other bits needed attention. Some Interior trim needed replaced and a dooe seal.Also when I had a test drive the steering wheel was at the one o'clock position and the heater was cooling down the faster I went and got hotter when I slowed down. The front brake discs were warped but the seller did say he would change them and the timing belt. Surely these things should be done and the car "prepaired" before advertising? I was really disapointed because I traveled a long way to see it.
 

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I am alwys wary of the word 'mint' because to me that means in top condition, without fault, and the only way you get that is either by buying new, or by buying from somebody who has had the car garaged, and barely used it (and as this one has done 84k that is clearly not the case)!

The timing belt issue I can understand because they might as well only do it when somebody is going to buy, but I would have thought the brake discs would have been done when needed. To be frank it sounds like this one has quite a few issues and you are possibly best to find another....there are a few gems about!

Oh, when you say heater, do you mean temp gauge? If so, that is normal as mine sits at 90 in traffic, and at 70 at dual carriageway/motorway speeds! If you literally mean the heater, then yes, that is odd!!

Good luck with your search!!! :)
 

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Harbuzi, if your temp gauge does that then your thermostat is probably knackered. V6 should sit rock steady at 90 all day long no matter what speed, weather etc. You'll be overfuelling at 70 deg
 

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I thought Dolphin Grey was a BMW colour but I may be wrong.

It looks the same colour as mine which is eclipse Grey.

The temperature problem sounds like a duff thermostat. They are only £20 or so..
 

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Hmmm....will look into it. I am sure having discussed this with others on this forum that their temp gauges behave in the same way. Some people's have gauges that don't move at all (clearly knackered), but I was under the impression that the cooling fans kick in at higher speeds, hence, the difference in temp. (As you can tell I am no mechanic so stand to be corrected)!!

Whenever I am in traffic or pottering about town it is solid at 90, and as I say when doing a bit of speed on motorway etc it sits at 70.

What about others on the forum?? (sorry to the OP for hijacking their thread)!
 
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Hello,

I went to view a grey Alfa GTV V6 which is advertised on Pistonheads.

alfa specialists : 02-51 ALFA GTV 3.0 AERO 84K SERVICE HISTORY

In the advert is is described a "mint" but it was not! To my standards the car was in good condition. The passenger door needed a complete respray and and a few other bits needed attention. Some Interior trim needed replaced and a dooe seal.Also when I had a test drive the steering wheel was at the one o'clock position and the heater was cooling down the faster I went and got hotter when I slowed down. The front brake discs were warped but the seller did say he would change them and the timing belt. Surely these things should be done and the car "prepaired" before advertising? I was really disapointed because I traveled a long way to see it.
Craig, there are very few small traders who will prepare a car in order to sit in in the forecort.

Many of the home dealers like this one will take a deposit and then spend money on the car, and then it may only be a basic service and, in this case, a new cambelt and anything else the buyer has picked up that is considered by the seller to be reasonable.

It is a little unfair of them not to have possibly warned you that it was still 'awaiting mechanical preparation' i always now ask the question, is it ready to go today? this will give you some idea of the state of the car.
The motor trade is still having a quiet time of it so trader still be inclined to stretch things a little, what you may consider to be mint would be someone elses totally immaculate, again its always difficult to gauge until you are stood next to the car.
I have seen a few of their adverts in different places and they always seem to be fairly priced and offering good value
 

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Don't worry I should get round to putting mine up for sale this week, and she is mint. Only 40,000 miles almost all motorway.
 

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Thank you for all your replys. I was talking about the interior heater tempreture anot the engine tempreture guage.

The phrase "mint for age" etc does not make sense and it is not fair if you travel from Glasgow to outside Manchester. When someone says "but the car is 10 years old" I reply with "I have owned cars 10 years old and they were mint" I just sold an '99 Audi A3 with 82k miles and it was like new! I will just wait for the right car as I usually do.

I have been disapointed with Alfa specialists so far in my search. I was going to do a Northern Rock by bankrupting myself and buy the Cup sold by Buzz Alfa on Pistonheads for £7500. It sold but Buzz Alfa advised me they were waiting for a "customer" to trade in his Cup. The more they described the car the more it sounded familiar and when he said he would have an answer in 24 hours I knew it was the car on Ebay. I phoned the seller on Ebay who did not know who the garage was and therefore not a "customer" Also I phoned the Cup in Liverpool which I later found out was a Cat D which I know the dealer does not need to tell me but if you tell some one your travelling from Glasgow it is only fair!
 

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That'll be Meteor Grey - same as mine which is the same age (see the silver label above the nearside wheelarch when you lift the bonnet). Mines only done 64k - nice to think its worth at least £5k ...
 

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That'll be Meteor Grey - same as mine which is the same age (see the silver label above the nearside wheelarch when you lift the bonnet). Mines only done 64k - nice to think its worth at least £5k ...
It could be Eclipse Grey like mine. :p

Eclipse grey is very slightly darker.
 
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