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I have been an alfa fan for many years and have had 6 in total, my last alfa was a Brera, I then changed for a Mercedes C class sport, then changed that for a BMW X1 M Sport X drive (which I love), but I am anchoring after an alfa to use every so often.

My question is, is it possible to get a decent GTV or Spider for around £1500?

I dont want to spend too much as I am already saving for my next "full time car"

Thanks... Spookone :)
 

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Is it possible.... yes.

Is it likely..... not so sure.

I wouldnt buy a £1500 GTV without the same amount again as a reserve battle fund.

You could get lucky, but by equal measure it could put you off Alfas for life.
 

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You don't say if you're after a V6 or TS if it's the former you're making it even harder work to find one for that budget.

It can be done, I only paid £1900 for my V6 which is half decent but it does need some investment over next 12 months like cambelt and suspension etc. I'll probably spend the same again getting it in to tip top nick.

So wise words above budget the same again !
 

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I have been an alfa fan for many years and have had 6 in total, my last alfa was a Brera, I then changed for a Mercedes C class sport, then changed that for a BMW X1 M Sport X drive (which I love), but I am anchoring after an alfa to use every so often.

My question is, is it possible to get a decent GTV or Spider for around £1500?

I dont want to spend too much as I am already saving for my next "full time car"

Thanks... Spookone :)
I got mine for half of that. With the cost of fitting the interior and parts from a donor GTV, a full service and cambelt change plus some minor bodywork it will be a shade over that amount. But I know it will be a reliable sorted Spider. They are out there for your price, just got to find a good one or one that you don't mind doing up yourself like mine.
 

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I was really wanting a twinspark rather than the V6 so that should make things easier - I dont mind spending "money" over the first year as and when to put any problems right.
 

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I was really wanting a twinspark rather than the V6 so that should make things easier - I dont mind spending "money" over the first year as and when to put any problems right.
Then you should be OK.

£1500 for a half decent car, and £1500 to fix stuff should see you straight.

Problems arise when people expect perfection for <£1k and dont want to spend any further money.
 

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Is it possible.... yes.

Is it likely..... not so sure.

I wouldnt buy a £1500 GTV without the same amount again as a reserve battle fund.

You could get lucky, but by equal measure it could put you off Alfas for life.
Funnily enough it was the Brera that nearly did that :)

I am hoping an older more classicaly styled alfa with the lovely engine note will get me back in the alfa groove :thumbs:
 

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Thats strange I enquired about that yesterday and the guy rang me today - sounds like a genuine guy and it is one I may go and have a look over.

High mileage scares me a little as I usually only buy cars with under 30k but I realise this price range may be a 100k car - they seem to last if looked after?
 

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You will have to get used to the 100k idea pretty quickly for your budget!

If its been looked after, then 100k miles is fine. Hell, if its been looked after 200k miles is fine too.

At this price point buy these cars on condition, not an arbitrary number on the speedo :)
 

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I think you could get something worthwhile, but cars at that price range (Not just Alfas) can be a minefield.

Many cars at that sort of price and under get sold because there is a big job coming up and it isn't really economical to get it done.

So check a car over thoroughly.

There are bargains to be had. I just bought myself a 2000/W BMW 528i with rare-ish manual gearbox, 110k on the clock (pretty sure it is genuine as I have all the history), MOT till next June and apart from needing two tyres and a radiator it is mint. An old fella owned it from 6 months old and looked after it very well.

The price? £750 :D

So be patient, be prepared to travel and you will find the right GTV/Spider before long. :)
 

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In December I bought a 99 Twinny GTV with 114k on the clock and a massive stack of history detailing recent clutch and belt all done at a specialist for £922 (yes, 22, there was £3 under the seat ;) ) and all I needed to do was replace the thermostat and the cam cover gasket but I knew that on viewing. I put a couple of thousand miles on the car completely issue free and sold it in March for £1100.

In short yes you can definitely buy a good TS for your budget, buy one with a recent proven belt change etc and knock free suspension and you'll be laughing :)
 
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I paid £1,500 for my V6 GTV. 117,000 on the clock, but it had lots of recent history for a caliper rebuild, cambelt, etc. and it's been utterly reliable in the 3,000 miles I've put on it since February. No advisories on the previous MOT either...

It's not perfect cosmetically having stone chips to the front and a scuff on the rear where the previous owner caught it with a bike, but it's generally in very nice condition. The leather seats have no wear on the bolster either! :eek:

These cares are usually snapped up pretty rapidly though - I called about mine the night it went up, and when I went to collect it the next day, he'd had a further 4 or 5 calls... They don't come up too often either...

However, while mine has been good, a red one I looked at for the same price has just gone up on ebay, and I believe this forum, with an MOT failure sheet 18 points long, so it is a gamble... At this price, you take your chances...
 

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I bought my v6 for £1300 with 125,000 on the clock, paintwork pretty good, interior excellent, great engine Now 18 months later and 138,00 miles on the clock the only issue has been misfire caused by bad connection at coil pack and I have changed the clutch and flywheel (knew it needed doing when I bought the car) .It is never going to be worth much to anyone but me, I have owned a dozen or so cars from other makers and not one has been any more reliable than the Alfa and none comes close to the fun factor this car has provided. I did travel about and see a few before I bought this one and the quality varied enormously including one at over double the price with low mileage which had terrible rust underneath. Dont let high mileage put you off as long as it has been serviced and maintained pretty well.
 

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However, while mine has been good, a red one I looked at for the same price has just gone up on ebay, and I believe this forum, with an MOT failure sheet 18 points long, so it is a gamble... At this price, you take your chances...
Was that the one previously shown in this thread?
 

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Bought my first 916 two years ago for £1800. A one owner fully serviced vehicle in good condition with lots of invoices etc. Still had to spend another £1500 on her to get things to where there are now. Fab cars but not cheap to maintain.
 

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Bought my first 916 two years ago for £1800. A one owner fully serviced vehicle in good condition with lots of invoices etc. Still had to spend another £1500 on her to get things to where there are now. Fab cars but not cheap to maintain.
Is that £1500 over a 2 year period - if so thats not too bad if its now as it should be :thumbs:
 
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Was that the one previously shown in this thread?
No. The red one linked further up looks very nice for the money to me :thumbs:

There's probably a bit of room to haggle on that red one considering it needs a new cambelt pretty soon though. He claims the previous owner had it done just before he bought the car in March 2012, so I'd be wanting to see an invoice for the work and then being prepared to have it done very soon. As far as I'm aware it's a cheaper job to do on the 2.0, but needs doing every three years or 36,000 miles.

This is the one I was talking about: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ALFA-ROMEO-GTV-V6-3-0-24V-1999-T-REG-MOT-FAILURE-TRACK-CAR-SPARES-OR-REPAIR-/171439296476?pt=Automobiles_UK&hash=item27ea940fdc

It was on Autotrader a while back for £1,500 - Looked a very tidy car for the money, so it was either hiding a lot of gremlins or has since been neglected a bit...
 

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Buy the very best u can I paid 500 more than my limit because I found a corker full service history best colour combo loads of bills for work carried out new cam belt fitted the week I bought it it was very well looked after 1999 spider lusso twin spark if u go cheap it will cost u in the end ,that's my opinion
 
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