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Old 04-04-2009, 04:55 PM
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Question Alfa Romeos good cars?

Hey all, was at my local mechanics, I saw a 1987? Alfa Romeo Milano that I really liked. It looked really good IMHO. Like the early 90's BMW 3 series but it's an Alfa Romeo which is cool cause it's different. I was wondering are these good cars? I might look into trying to find one.

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Old 04-04-2009, 05:06 PM
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My shop does ALL European cars. There has been a couple Alfa Romeoes there before. One of the techs said they are an interesting little car and they can have there moments just like anyother car can. How many miles? How much?
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Go to "www.alfabb.com" Best site to learn about Alfa Romeos and to ask questions.

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I don't know anything about this one I saw. It's sitting in the corner and has been there for what looks like months maybe even a year. I really like it though. Next time I go i'm going to ask him about it.

I see them as exotic but that's probably because they're not everywhere like in Europe or other parts of the world. I hardly seen them here in California.
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Go to "www.alfabb.com" Best site to learn about Alfa Romeos and to ask questions.

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Old 04-04-2009, 05:44 PM
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I just posted on that Alfa Romeo forum, you know, I didn't realize how spoiled I am with this forum. I can post and get a reply in a matter of seconds, I just posted and it's been like half an hour. With only 5 views and no replies. LOL

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I just posted on that Alfa Romeo forum, you know, I didn't realize how spoiled I am with this forum. I can post and get a reply in a matter of seconds, I just posted and it's been like half an hour. With only 5 views and no replies. LOL

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I owned an Alfa for years. But it was an older ('61) model that had qualities that could not be found in most other cars. The newer Alfas retain some of those qualities, but the build quality is not great. If you need to rely on others for repairs and maintenence it's gonna be expensive.
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Italian cars

My opinion is based on ownership of two Fiats and one Alfa (69 I think). Subjectively, Italians are the best engineers in the world but perhaps the worst craftsmen particularly irt electrical components even worse than Joe Lucas. Objectively, I found that obtaining parts was difficult. There seems to be no discipline in terms of model year. They may change design of components or suppliers several times during a model run making parts identification a nightmare.

But ... they have sweet, sweet engines and handle beautifully.
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Oil leaks, East German steel (read prone to rust) and shoddy electrics (most made by the Prince of Darkness himself although some had Bosch electrics.

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Oil leaks, East German steel (read prone to rust) and shoddy electrics (most made by the Prince of Darkness himself although some had Bosch electrics.
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Vintage Alfas also had Marelli electrics. The model year of my Alfa had Lucas electrics-positive earth- for the normal models while the Veloce models had Marrelli electrics. I had no troubles with the Marelli stuff, but the PO had swapped in a Lucas starter that caused no end of grief, including ruined ring gears. I finally bought the drive train from an a wreck just to get the Bosch starter. It was cheaper than buying the starter from the dealer.
The oil leaks were intentional- to keep the cheap steel from rusting.
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When they are good, they are very very good.
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I use my Milano as a daily driver, once sorted and maintained its been absolutly reliable for more than 10 years. Check all the normal used car stuff and then do the timming belt, waterpump and drive shaft donuts right away.
Enjoy"

Hmmmmmm they starting to respond and seem really nice. I saw this one and it caught my eye. I hope if I do get the Milano, it turns out to be like that one....
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