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I've never seen one that colour and I like it!

These motors should have the cambelts changed at 5yrs or 72k, make sure it's been done, because it's a fair job, and they are known to let go even within the manufacturers recommended interval.

If you can take one for a drive without just needing to own it, you'll have shown more self-control than I did ;)
 

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Hi mate

Looks ok in the pics; obvious thing to check is date of last belt change. Also has the old style turbine alloys, so will still be running on the 305mm brakes; you may want to factor in the cost of upgrading to the 330's plus new wheels as they wont fit behind the current ones.

Let us know how you get on :)
Cloverleaf, why is the only thing you've mentioned the size of the brakes, I think that's the least of a GTA owners worries unless they intend on tracking the car. Mine is on 73,000 miles and has one new set of pads and discs in that time and it's on the 305. I'd be more concerned that the car was good overall rather than focusing on one small aspect.

Check the buyers guide for the complete picture.
 

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Actually drove this car on Tuesday this week.....very nice, everytthing seemed in order.

Previous owner had spent around £4k in the past year on cam belt, new radiator, gearbox rebuilt and other stuff.

What put me off was that I found an invoice in the paperwork which showed an excess insurance charge of £450 being paid in Feb 08, so it must have had a reasonable prang to warrant the excess kickin in.

Have been trying to contact the previous owner to find out what happened.

Bit concerened that the car has £4k spent on it, has a prang and then the owners gets rid of it????

Be interested to hear of your own findings / thoughts.
 

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:thumbs: Its on its 3rd listing on eBay. On a trade advert that is well over 6 weeks.

In fact, mines a year newer, and i'd even be interested in the 147 in p/ex
 
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About a year ago, when I was looking for a car, a 147 GTA was advertised by this lot.

Phoned the dealer and got all the usual [email protected] so went to see it. I needn't have bothered.

The car was not in the condition advertised (IMO) and had different prices - one was "trade price" which I think was no warranty. "Retail" had one of those pretty worthless aftermarket warranties and the car was then well over market value. No history and when I inquired wher it had come from, it transpired it had come drom somewhere "up north" - it had been passed around the dealers I think. Didn't even bother to start the car let alone drive it. Car hadn't been cared for and nobody had put it into a reasonable condition to make an impression for sale.

This place seems to specialise in performace cars but I'd rate it as rather poor on helpfulness and attitude. Certainly wouldn't buy from them and would far prefer a looked after example from a private buyer. Here's what I said a year ago <clicky>

At that time, Cul (RIP) was considering selling his GTA - should have bought that car - he really loved it and looked after it.
 

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Thanks for the answers guys. Seems like my search for a 156 GTA continues!! That blue is my favourite colour for the GTA. The right one will come along im sure. Im prepared to wait for the right one.
 

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What put me off was that I found an invoice in the paperwork which showed an excess insurance charge of £450 being paid in Feb 08, so it must have had a reasonable prang to warrant the excess kickin in.
Based on my father-in-laws recent experience with a minor scrap it doesn't take long to reach those levels, for example he was loaned a loverly brand new Saab 93 costing the insurance company £175/day. I wouldn't be overly concerned if it looks all in order.
 

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Yep bin on ebay for ages, dont like the leather combo.
 

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I didn't - I mentioned the cambelt as well :p
There's far more than cambelt and brakes. I really find the focus on brakes on this forum a bit OTT. Sure if the car has the bigger brakes it's a bonus but it's not essential, supposedly you can get better braking than the 330s by just upgrading to PF pads on the 305s.
 
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I'd go for Russ's if I was in the market for a GTA, it looks great and is a grand cheaper.
 

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I've never seen one that colour and I like it!

These motors should have the cambelts changed at 5yrs or 72k, make sure it's been done, because it's a fair job, and they are known to let go even within the manufacturers recommended interval.

If you can take one for a drive without just needing to own it, you'll have shown more self-control than I did ;)
Belts should be changed every 3 years or 60000km (36000 miles). 5 years is courting danger.
 

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There's far more than cambelt and brakes. I really find the focus on brakes on this forum a bit OTT. Sure if the car has the bigger brakes it's a bonus but it's not essential, supposedly you can get better braking than the 330s by just upgrading to PF pads on the 305s.
Well said. The standard brakes are Brembo 4-pots with 305mm discs, adequate on many cars of similar weight/performance. Even the new M3 has single piston brakes - as did the last few iterations. In BMW's case that's a disgrace, but it shows the standard GTA brakes ought to be alright.

I firmly believe that the hassles with the 305mm brakes were down to a mis-match of brake and disc material causing build-up on the discs that then causes a vibration that feels like warped discs. Actual warped discs hardly ever occur even in racing.

Therfore, by fitting a new set of discs (even standard) and some good pads like the PF ones, or Pagids, or DS2500, then caning them (as per the bedding in instructions - taking it easy on new brakes does not bed them in properly) the problems ought to go away. If using decent fluid, changed regularly, of course...
 
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