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Title says it all really...
About to buy another car
In two minds about this one... either keep for occasional use, or sell and use the cash as a deposit....

Car is a 2002 V6, Meteor Grey with Black leather (no rips etc)
One owner - history from day one - the service book is now full
134k on the clock
All the usual stuff taken care of - belts have been done every 55K, rear is polybushed, wishbones, droplinks etc etc replaced when needed, Oil cooler done not so long ago, A/C pipes replaced ,rear shocks replaced at the last service - have a bucket load of bills and receipts.
Aero kit with Teledials, everything works as it should.
Standard other than an Autodelta rear stainless exhaust section.
Will be sold with a standard stereo - it's currently fully fitted with touchscreen Alpine gear (DVD, Bluetooth, NAV, ipod etc), but that'll be removed.

Bodywork in good nick, with the usual small dings, to be expected on a 10 year old car - it's been in use daily from day one.

Been a long time lurker on here and had plenty of laughs and a fair bit of good advice too.
Be interested to get an opinion value wise
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thats mine I'm selling at the moment very well looked after motor have spent £3500 on it in past 2 years everything works and interior is very nice for the mileage very minimal wear on driver bolster :) just high mileage but everyone knows these engines are good for 250k before rebuild if looked after properly!
 

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Remember a pre March 2001 (51) car costs over £200 less (IIRC) to tax every year.
 

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I've always found it really difficult to sell cars, even a specialist car, that are over 110-120k, unless you get a buyer who plans on keeping it for 10 years and will keep mileage down. Cars have to be well over 20 years old for condition/maintenance to matter more than mileage - it's wrong-headed, because a well-kept car at 120k miles is a much better bet than an average one at 80k, but until they're full-on classics that will matter to 'the market'. And buyers have always got to think what they will sell it on for a year or so down the line.

I'm guilty of this myself - I'm currently looking for a V6 but am very reluctant to get one over 110k miles or so as selling it on will be very difficult. All you have to do is ask the trade, and they will either offer you 400 quid or won't even touch it. If I was planning on keeping it for 10 years, that would not matter - I have an old MG that has done over 200k miles, but as it's nearly 40 years old and every last mile is documented, this matters not a jot - in fact, the history makes it more valuable than a 60k-miler.

Good luck with the sale - a well looked-after car deserves a good home
 

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I've always found it really difficult to sell cars, even a specialist car, that are over 110-120k, unless you get a buyer who plans on keeping it for 10 years and will keep mileage down. Cars have to be well over 20 years old for condition/maintenance to matter more than mileage - it's wrong-headed, because a well-kept car at 120k miles is a much better bet than an average one at 80k, but until they're full-on classics that will matter to 'the market'. And buyers have always got to think what they will sell it on for a year or so down the line.

Good luck with the sale - a well looked-after car deserves a good home

Fully agree with this, great summary :)

I'm pretty much stuck with my 2003 156, imported with 223,000km in 2009 and gave it a thorough refurbishment. It's now at 265,000 and no-one in their right mind would buy such a car, even though it's in very good condition and runs really well. It remains a mystery how it clocked up over 30,000km a year in Singapore, particularly as it could only be driven on even days.

Good thing Alfas are renowned for their ability to clock up high mileages with utmost reliability :)

-Alex
 
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