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Good evening,

I'm thinking of buying my first alfa:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...m=320476303920

Just been to look at it this afternoon and it seems ok, small niggles but i guess this is to be expected from a 10 year olf alfa. For example, when you close the driver door, you have to slam it properly or it won't open from the inside, the windows squeak when you use them and the glass rattles at times, the brakes don't seem brilliant but this may be because it's been unused for a month, there are a few scuffs to the leather around the centre console but i suppose i can get a replacement second hand easy enough? These are all i could find to be wrong in the short time i had with it so for the money (1400 reserve) it must be a good buy.

I would appreciate any advice/comments from you experienced alfa owners (before half 7 tonight when the auction ends!!).

Many thanks, Dan

(I hope you don't mind me posting this twice as i've also put it in the newbie section!)
 

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i got the link working, looks ok, belt change is 36k not 60k, but that still means u have 20k left in the belts, its not a bargain at 1400 but not a rip off either. loads of second hand bits about.
 

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There's plenty of information on the buyers guide. What you've found doesn't sound bad, but you really need to check things like when the cam belt was last changed, oil cooler and whether the rear bushes have been changed - all expensive things!

Parts can be had from specialist breakers - I got an interior for £600.
 

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i got the link working, looks ok, belt change is 36k not 60k, but that still means u have 20k left in the belts, its not a bargain at 1400 but not a rip off either. loads of second hand bits about.
btw hes not lying re what the book says about the cambelt change (apart from i thought it said 76k), but a lot of alfas snapped their belts so they revised it to 36k, did you hear any knocking from the rear if so it could be bushes, complete powerflex replacement is 400 quid inc labour, hes had a fair bit done so i would go for it so long as the reciept is there for the belt change.
 

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Seems like a reasonable buy at the money although it could be worth getting the seller to MOT the car for you, the listing states Feb 2010 so if it failed and you end up ing spend a few hundred quid on it all of a sudden its not such a good deal.
 

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thanks folks, keep it coming ;-)

i can't say i noticed any knocking at the rear and i had heard of that problem before the test drive so i tried to look out for it...

good idea on the mot front, might make that offer to him.
 

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Squeaky windows and slamming the door is down to window alignment. Fiddly to fix, but easily done by an amateur with an afternoon or two to spare!

Rattly glass could be the window winder spring popped out, or badly fitting window seals. Again, both easily fixed.

GTV/Spider brakes don't bite very quickly as a rule, but should still stop the car well when you stamp on them. If this isn't happening it may mean replacement of any of pads, discs, fluid or master cylinder.
 
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