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Well lads as she sits in my driveway now she has exactly 100,000 miles on her!

I came across the car by pure accident. I had only been driving for about a year and I had a nice little 1.4 '00 Golf which was fine but then my girlfriend got a new mx-5, so I had a go in it, then got back into the Golf and I almost had a jaw breaking yawn, it was that boring!

Combined with the fact that I was only really driving the car at weekends I decided to get rid of the car and not replace it. But being a real car lover I said why not replace it with a coupe that nice and cheap. So I went to Car Ireland, Used Cars Ireland, New Cars, Buy Car, Classic Cars- Carzone and did a search for coupe and sorted by price and was truely amazed that the GTV was so cheap. That was the start of all this!

At the time there were only 9 or so for sale ion the whole of Ireland and I really wanted a Rosso one with tan leather so that narrowed the list to 2. One was really over priced at 12,000 and the other was a more average 5k but was 2 years older and needed a big service and the paintwork was poor.

These were the only pictures that I had to judge it on
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_rAhytjfgJF0/S0oN-RG-b2I/AAAAAAAADRI/wwHKBQJCEa0/243905-m971737.jpg

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_rAhytjfgJF0/S0oN-tfJtlI/AAAAAAAADRM/X7zwFevgZGM/243905-m971738.jpg

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_rAhytjfgJF0/S0oN-29nABI/AAAAAAAADRQ/bj2pDaTSejQ/243905-m971739.jpg

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_rAhytjfgJF0/S0oN_WnXzDI/AAAAAAAADRU/CLFrd8uwwAs/243905-m971740.jpg

I mulled it over for a while took it for a drive and was then convinced, the true sign was when I passed a broken down 3 series! Buy what really pushed me over the edge was red lining it from 2nd into 3rd!

So I sought some advise from my fellow alfisti on here and looking back at the threads its obvious that I had already made my mind up:
http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/republic-of-ireland/126258-buying-advise-on-gtv.html
http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-gtv-and-916-spider/126093-paint-advice-need.html

Then had it looked at by a mechanic...ignored what he said and bought it anyway :lol: All it really needed was a new wheel bearing and a respray! So rather than take these as bad points I turned them into bargaining chips and got her for €2,800.

http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/republic-of-ireland/130115-i-did-it-i-have-taken-the-plunge.html

Started going to a few meets then
http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa...wing-from-gtvs-at-the-first-ireland-meet.html

http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/moto...d-meet-kilkenny-jun09.html?highlight=kilkenny

http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/meet...meet-clonmel-20-09-2009-a.html?highlight=meet

Got her a new set of old wheels from rlaffey
http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/motoring-images/161783-new-old-wheels.html

Endlessly cleaned her :)
http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/moto...was-polishing-there-alfa-in-this-weather.html

And more recently got her a new set of mats
http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-gtv-and-916-spider/185006-original-mat-colours.html

And then yesterday after driving around the block a few times :) she got to 100,000 miles and it coincided nicely with my 1,000th post :thumbs:

This is how she looks now
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_rAhytjfgJF0/S0iZuaD9F0I/AAAAAAAADP4/Mzm4KjKrh54/s576/P1150005.JPG

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_rAhytjfgJF0/S0iZwKhpEmI/AAAAAAAADP8/BnSUwp3J1Dw/s512/P1150006.JPG

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_rAhytjfgJF0/S0iZxOPznXI/AAAAAAAADQA/xwIKTN8Ejx4/s576/P1150001.JPG

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_rAhytjfgJF0/S0iZ0a9zTXI/AAAAAAAADQM/NB3FezEK-zs/s576/P1150006_2.JPG

Sorry this was a bit boring!

I can't wait for the next hundred thousand and I hope everyone else is enjoying their Alfa as much as I have :thumbs:
 

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Brilliant post for your 1k :thumbs:

Well done :thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:
 

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Quality car here lads :) Honestly Gav if you have the money and intentions of keeping the car for a long time I would be painting imo. It is a great car. And heres to the next 100k.
 

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Quality car here lads :) Honestly Gav if you have the money and intentions of keeping the car for a long time I would be painting imo. It is a great car. And heres to the next 100k.
Cheers Damo, painting it is something I'd really love to do, I think I should start squirreling away the funds now :)
 

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If it has been looked after 100k is just run in.

Its a nice looking car in a great colour, with the right wheels. ;)
 
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