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Mission accomplished! After searching for a suitable 156gta since my first post here on 22 August I have today driven my find down to sunny Berks from oop north in York. :) It's a 2004 model, standard but with a Q2 and a pram handle (now where did I leave that angle grinder?).

Silver, same as my old 156 TS, and the best bit: 23,300 miles on the clock (no, really!)

Belts not done yet of course but will have them done together with a metal pump for it's fifth birthday.

It drove down really well but with a worrying and yet strangely familiar rumble which I couldn't put my finger on at first but now recall is the same problem I had on the TS ie old rear tyres that have worn to a threepenny bit shape (NB insert,'fifty pence piece' shape here if under 50 yrs).
http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif

I was told by an Indie that this is a common problem on 156's. Maybe tomorrow I will see if the new rears off the TS will fit and give it a run to confirm the diagnosis before buying new ones. Probably they won't fit, anyone know?

Without the Buyer's Guide and the very many other posts on AO I would not have felt able to buy a gta with any confidence so thanks to all who have contributed to the various technical threads on this board it is much appreciated.

In case it assists any other buyers my buying experience went like this:
1. Initially spoke to a few private sellers but mainly ruled out their cars due to the absence of the 'fat file of invoices' and bullet proof history.
2. Ruled out another private car as no belt change done at 48K and vendor had hard advice from main dealer that would last til 72K http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/images/smilies/eek.gif
3. Looked at 2 cars on sale by traders, the first one was advertised as Alfa red but it was actually a two tone paint job, red body and pink bumpers (or was it the other way round?)http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/images/smilies/frown.gif
The other dealer car was at least just one colour but I couldn't reconcile the mileage with the fact that the front looked like it had been used for shotgun practice and the paintwork on the front of the rear arches was also pretty thoroughly donald ducked.

Christ I can ramble when I want to... must be the excitement still if it's helped some one else get to sleep......! http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/images/smilies/redface.gif

Will post a couple of photos later.
 

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I have had the same rumble in my old 156 and now I have the same
on my GTA. When the rear tyres get worn it starts. I have tried wheel aligment but the only remedy seems to be new tyres. Congrats on the new car, hope you post some pictures for us to see.
 

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Nice one congrats! Just a little note to say I got mine @6k miles from Alfa UK and that looked well stone chipped and the skirts were terrible. I don't think that means it was dodgey or anything
 

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Hi there
congrats and god luck with the 156 GTA. I was watching that one on ebay bidding just over 6k when it was taken off. looked like a good one hope all goes well :)
 

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Congrats :thumbs:
 

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Yeah, had two Bridgestones fitted yesterday and the rumble disappeared immediately! (phew)

Now listening intently for other noises.
 

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Belts not done yet of course but will have them done together with a metal pump for it's fifth birthday
I would get your belts/water pump done before the 5th birthday, if I were you. The belts on the GTA have been known to break well before the recommended service interval, and remember this is age as well as mileage dependent.

Honestly, I would get this done now. If it goes wrong, you'll be throwing your GTA away for scrap.
 
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