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Hi Everyone, I wonder if you can give me the benefit of your wisdom please?

I’ve been offered a GTV by a friend and I’m almost certainly going to have it but just wanted to see what you think.

• 51 Reg
• 56 000 miles
• 2.0 T-Spark
• Full service history from Local indy specialist.
• 1 Year’s MOT
• Just had 60 000 mile service this week including new plugs.
• Cam belt and all associated bits (inc water pump, variator etc) done this week.
• Nice Alfa teardrop alloys with good tyres.

The only down side is that the previous owner (an Alfa enthusiast) had the dreaded experience of the bonnet flipping open at speed and so the roof is a bit dented here and there. The bonnet & windscreen have been replaced and everything else is fine.

The dents in the roof don’t bother me too much as they don’t really spoil the look significantly and I may be able to get them fixed at some point later on (although I bet fixing a roof is tricky!). I’m wondering if I could even push some of them out by hand?

I had a drive and it really is lovely. I’m quite hooked!!!:thumbs:

Price is £1500. Worth a go?
 

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why not - if it has been as well looked after as you say, it is worth a pop!
 

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I would say so ............... for £1500 it'd be a fair punt.

Cheers to All
Peter
 

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snap his hand off, in fact take the whole arm, the dents will be easy for a body shop to repair so long as they dont have sharp edges/cracked paint, but even if they do.... buy it.

if its just gentle depressions u can eus a heat glue stick, stick it in the middle of the dent, pull up and so long as the metal isnt stretched it will pull out, halfords sell em.
 

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The other option is to fill the dents of course, depends if ur handy with that sort of thing, filler these days is very good, doesn't crack etc so its an option.
 

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Hi Everyone, I wonder if you can give me the benefit of your wisdom please?

I’ve been offered a GTV by a friend and I’m almost certainly going to have it but just wanted to see what you think.

• 51 Reg
• 56 000 miles
• 2.0 T-Spark
• Full service history from Local indy specialist.
• 1 Year’s MOT
• Just had 60 000 mile service this week including new plugs.
• Cam belt and all associated bits (inc water pump, variator etc) done this week.
• Nice Alfa teardrop alloys with good tyres.

The only down side is that the previous owner (an Alfa enthusiast) had the dreaded experience of the bonnet flipping open at speed and so the roof is a bit dented here and there. The bonnet & windscreen have been replaced and everything else is fine.

The dents in the roof don’t bother me too much as they don’t really spoil the look significantly and I may be able to get them fixed at some point later on (although I bet fixing a roof is tricky!). I’m wondering if I could even push some of them out by hand?

I had a drive and it really is lovely. I’m quite hooked!!!:thumbs:

Price is £1500. Worth a go?
Total up the cost of all the recent work and take that of the £1500 asking price and surely it's a bit of a bargain. :thumbs:
 

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snap his hand off, in fact take the whole arm, the dents will be easy for a body shop to repair so long as they dont have sharp edges/cracked paint, but even if they do.... buy it.
------ditto-------
 

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Sounds like a good deal, especially with all the good work gone into her.

Might be worth checking that the bonnet flip didn't cause it to be a Cat D write off. Not a big problem as such, but it could be reflected in your insurance quote.
 

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thanks for the feedback everyone. I've been eyeing this car up for a while and as you say it really is too good to pass up.

Good point about the Cat D Hazeyblue. I had wondered about the Cat D thing but I'm pretty sure that the last owner decided to get it all done independently of insurance companies.

I certainly feel for him as he simply forgot to check the bonnet was shut properly after checking the oil. I think the incident shook him up and he lost confidence in this car. However it didn't put him off as he instantly bought another (newer) GTV!:cool:
 

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The only down side is that the previous owner (an Alfa enthusiast) had the dreaded experience of the bonnet flipping open at speed and so the roof is a bit dented here and there.
Just as well he was n't driving a Spider other wise something else would have been dented....
 

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Yep, I'm convinced!

Didn't take much but you chaps certainly helped.....especially when I showed all these positive posts to my wife!

We're keeping the 156 so we'll be a 2 Alfa family - woo hoo!:)

Got to make some space in my garage for it now and see if i can actually shoe horn my kids in the back. Luckily they're only small.

Will post some pics when the deal is done.
 

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if its just gentle depressions u can eus a heat glue stick, stick it in the middle of the dent, pull up and so long as the metal isnt stretched it will pull out, halfords sell em.
I've heard about this method before, but would like to know more. Do you heat the glue stick and simply put it into the middle of the dent wait for it to harden and then pull out? How do you then release the stick from the dent without damaging the paintwork? I have some carpark dents that could possibly be fixed if I knew more about this method. Any online how to's that do a step by step?
 

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see if i can actually shoe horn my kids in the back. Luckily they're only small.
Just don't feed them ever again and you'll be fine.

However, I've had fully grown adults in the back of mine and whilst I can't categorically state they were comfortable, they didn't make any noise to the contrary (possibly because they were so squeezed in they couldn't breath). As long as they only have to go in the back for short-ish journeys it's not an issue.

Buy it!!
 

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Thanks Annabella

I remember being picked up from an airport once in a GTV and I sat in the back (with our bags!). I don't remember it being too bad.

Can't wait!!!
 

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I've heard about this method before, but would like to know more. Do you heat the glue stick and simply put it into the middle of the dent wait for it to harden and then pull out? How do you then release the stick from the dent without damaging the paintwork? I have some carpark dents that could possibly be fixed if I knew more about this method. Any online how to's that do a step by step?[/QUOTE

Once the stick has set you pull, to release the stick you heat it up again, the instructions are in the box (halfords), depends what sort of dent it is and whether the metal has stretched, a good result is only possible on shallow dents without creases, that said you can pull deeper dents and then finish with filler, beware the stick will probably damage your laquer so paint will probably be needed too.
 

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I've heard about this method before, but would like to know more. Do you heat the glue stick and simply put it into the middle of the dent wait for it to harden and then pull out? How do you then release the stick from the dent without damaging the paintwork? I have some carpark dents that could possibly be fixed if I knew more about this method. Any online how to's that do a step by step?[/QUOTE

Once the stick has set you pull, to release the stick you heat it up again, the instructions are in the box (halfords), depends what sort of dent it is and whether the metal has stretched, a good result is only possible on shallow dents without creases, that said you can pull deeper dents and then finish with filler, beware the stick will probably damage your laquer so paint will probably be needed too.
That's what I was afraid of, was hoping the glue wouldn't damage the lacquer, so much for paintless dent repairs! Thanks for the info though :thumbs:
 
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