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Anyone ever owned an Alfa?

Post  Bosco15 on Sat 13 Jun 2015, 7:24 pm

Has anyone ever owned, or owns an Alfa Romeo?
Have been researching the ridiculously cheap luxury of early 2000 Alfa's. 
Could have picked up a 2004 Alfa 147, 95000km, full leather interior for $1G. The owner had backed into a pole, so there was a big ding in bumper and rear hatch, but for the money it was a lot of car. 
The missus talked me out of it, but now I'm seeing bargains all over the place.  
Are they really that hard/expensive to maintain? 
I've learnt that the semi auto "Selespeed" gearbox should be avoided,  so manual is the go. 
Has anyone got any real knowledge, not just "I heard that....", but first hand experience with these Italian beauties? 
Thanks in advance.

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Post  2wheelsagain on Sat 13 Jun 2015, 7:29 pm

It shouldn't prove too difficult to find a Internet forum or Facebook page devoted to these things 

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Post  madmax on Sat 13 Jun 2015, 7:37 pm

Sorry not first hand experience.
From what I understand they are very expensive to maintain and parts are scarce. A lot of them were considered lemons.
Do a lot of research if you really want one.

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Post  Ewok1958 on Sat 13 Jun 2015, 9:18 pm

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Post  Kiwisteve on Wed 17 Jun 2015, 8:48 pm

One of the worst things with Alfa's in the past, was that they were shipped from Italy as deck cargo on submarines!

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Post  Chook on Wed 17 Jun 2015, 9:02 pm

@Kiwisteve wrote:One of the worst things with Alfa's in the past, was that they were shipped from Italy as deck cargo on submarines!
and that was after the steel they were made from was stored under the sea to preserve it  Evil or Very Mad


I think the later models are far better in regards to rust protection, as for parts and reliability, it depends on who you talk to, I get the feeling they are a bit of a lucky dip
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Post  Chook on Wed 17 Jun 2015, 9:02 pm

@2wheelsagain wrote:
As a young bloke I lusted after a GTV
That starts to explain a few things...............
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Post  Jimcoleman on Wed 17 Jun 2015, 9:05 pm

well the nice people at alfa romeo will give you a heated rear window to keep your hands warm whilst you push it

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Post  Bosco15 on Thu 18 Jun 2015, 5:16 am

@Jimcoleman wrote:well the nice people at alfa romeo will give you a heated rear window to keep your hands warm whilst you push it

Lmao. Razz
You guys are a funny bunch. Always worth a giggle. 
I have heard it said that the Italian car manufacturers could make plastic rust. 
It (rust) doesn't seem to be a big problem with the later models, but reliability compared to their Japanese counterparts is questionable. 
I don't mind swinging the spanners myself, but if parts are gold plated I will steer clear.

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Post  Paul 1250 on Thu 18 Jun 2015, 8:23 pm

We have a 1 year old Maserati in at work at the moment, it was dragged onto a tow truck after breaking down and damaged the front bumper, $20,000 in parts, just for the bumper and reinforcements, so I wouldn't touch an Italian car if it was given to me, the only good thing the Italians make is pizza Very Happy

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