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Went to see a black GTA today, which looked lovely and shiny in the photos.
However, the reality was somewhat different - been parked for months and was dirty and mildewy, missing jacking point covers, interior a right mess; tobacco everywhere and dirty with the obligatory knackered drivers seat bolster and Ripspeed mats. I almost walked away, but having got that far we went for a spin.
It was lovely to drive! Very tight, no suspension noises, steered and braked very well (new front disks/pads) and super strong engine (71k miles, very recent belt/metal pump/tensioners etc) with a new rad and oil cooler. God that power and noise is addictive!

There was loads wrong with it apart from the aforementioned; blowing backbox, scratched headlights, broken boot struts, tyres not in the first flush of youth, airbag light on, missing history etc etc.

It goes against all my instincts not to leave it, but it drove better than any GTA I've driven (about 3 or 4 previous test drives).

Hence I'm asking for some objective advice as to whether I should forget all about it, or offer a silly price of about £3k?

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Antony
 

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if details are scabby - how'd you know the history is gen?

Why service a specialist car correctly and omit regular maintenance?

I'd leave it.
 

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There are receipts for the recent work, just not a stamped service book.

John, the belts and disks were done by SDR.
If I do get it, any further remedial work will, of course, be coming your way.
 

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You say it's been serviced by SDR. Is it not worth contacting them asking what they can tell you about the car. They may be able to offer some help and advice!
 

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£5250, which is way overpriced anyway.

I would buy yours diathermy as it looks lovely, but its red and I hate red cars and you're not exactly local.

I will contact SDR tomorrow, just thought I'd ask on my friendly Alfa forum first.
 

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Oh, and although I didn't feel this on the test drive, he claims the clutch slips when pushed.
So I'm thinking offer £3k and if he goes for that, spend another £2k on it sorting it out.
Then I'll have a fairly low mileage, sorted, black GTA for £5k.
 

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All depends how cheap the GTA is - what were the wings like - my view and I've said this many times before - a cheap GTA is never cheap - it really does not take long to run up a £5k bill if body work is also needed. What's the age of the GTA? How many previous owners? Sadly it might be worth more broken!
 

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No rust as far as I could see.
Its a 2003 model, 71k miles, 4 previous owners, MOT till July next year.
 

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No. The wheels are the older, spoked, style that the big brakes don't fit under and no Q2, but if I got it and had the clutch done, a Q2 would be considered.
 

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Sounds really sad.. best thing would be to get a quote from a detailer and a nearby independant to get an a report carried out and an estimate for all the work and potential work in the future.. If you got it for 3k and it was just turning into a money pit it would be a real shame.
Good luck
 

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Why not get the car inspected by John if its local to understand just what sort of bill you are looking at - my view sounds like £2k spend is wishfull thinking - provenance is key and it sounds like its history is not complete - quite a few owners. Get a sensible quote on the work needed and take it from there.
 

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Ha, it looked pretty sad to be honest, and like I said, I almost walked away, but it did drive very nicely indeed.

That's a good idea about John, I just assumed he is far too busy to faff about looking at sad GTAs. Apparently this guy did offer it to D & Ws, but it was too high mileage for them to consider.

In my £2k assumption I thought; clutch and Q2 - £1000, 4 tyres - £300, some struts (and John knows how anal I am about boot struts!) and jacking point covers - £200, airbag light - £100, headlights - £300 and a bloody good clean - £100.
 
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In my £2k assumption I thought; clutch and Q2 - £1000, 4 tyres - £300, some struts (and John knows how anal I am about boot struts!) and jacking point covers - £200, airbag light - £100, headlights - £300 and a bloody good clean - £100.
4 decent branded tyres will be over £400. The airbag fault 'could be' s huge pile of cash if the bags need replacing. If the headlights are Xenon they are silly expensive. Also, you'll probably find that after a clean the bodywork will need much time and money spending.
On boot struts,OE ones pop up in EBay at £25 a pair fairly often from an Alfa/Fiat dealer. The suspension may well develop creaks as you drive it a bit after a long rest stop.

I'd ask why it's been left? And wheat happened to the service book. Assume anything that isn't properly documented will need redoing.

That said, mine has a printout from 2003-2010 when it was on a personal contract lease. That's its service history, there are pages of it the bill for £6k for a new engine at 35k is quite nice to see, as is the £2.5k for a new gearbox just afterwards!
 
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