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  1. #11
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    The clutches are heavy by default, as it was the issue on mine at 36k miles, but even still have a look at the history and see if the clutch and cylinders have been done..

    The MCSF Error could be a number of things.. MAF Sensor, EGR Valve, split in one the turbo hoses (mine was replaced with a silicone one), maybe even a remap to name a few.. As you mentioned, best get it hooked up to diagnostics if you did decide to go for it.

    No idea on the gear front, but it's not the smoothest gear change out there, whether that's any bearing on it.. I've only heard of issues with the bushes which relates to the centering.

    Rust, well you'd need to look under it to see if there's any issues ;)

    If it was me, and just my opinion and preference, i'd steer clear based on the things you've said, especially if the clutch hasn't been done unless they really give you a good deak.. A garage selling one with the MCSF error, and not being an independent/specialist would worry me, as they wouldn't really have a clue.. Up to you whether you'd want to take the risk on it though.

    As Pete mentioned, a mechanic/RAC or even (if possible) a specialist could tell you a yes or a no if you were able to. Unsure of specialists up there, but may be worth a check on alfaowner.com for recommendations (http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/gener...endations.html specifically)
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    There is an alfa specialist on the north side of the river so I might ask if they can take a look.

    I've found out the alfa's have a different tool compared to an ODB tool from reading the various forums.

    The clutch was fine and I think this can did suffer from the bushes issue with the gearbox.

    Trouble is there are a lot more reliable cars that can be bought out there these days and that have less of an insurance cost. It's the eternal weigh up of want and need.
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    I'll be honest with the fault showing I'd walk away. There are plenty of Alfas about and TBF it's not the most stunning example - silver just looks pony and the wheels are awful too! There are also plenty of very well looked after examples as alot of Alfa owners are often enthusiasts. Its the first one you've looked at. It has issues therefore find one that doesn't and looks better.......

    Thats coming from an Alfa lover myself (had 2!)



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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue_Joe View Post
    I'll be honest with the fault showing I'd walk away. There are plenty of Alfas about and TBF it's not the most stunning example - silver just looks pony and the wheels are awful too! There are also plenty of very well looked after examples as alot of Alfa owners are often enthusiasts. Its the first one you've looked at. It has issues therefore find one that doesn't and looks better.......

    Thats coming from an Alfa lover myself (had 2!)
    Yeah, I'm at that stage of walking away.
    If I had the extra cash I'd buy it for a project car, but I don't. Or if I wasn't going to the WRC in Wales next week then I would get it. I do agree the wheels aren't the nicest.

    I've been looking at various cars, MG ZR 1.4 5dr 1 owner for £600 but the dealer wouldn't let me drive it. It seemed OK, no noises or vibrations when braking. Think the tracking was off. Seen a mondeo Diesel with a water leak (the owner seemed not to know about the coolant leak) and seen a mondeo diesel that seemed just a little off. Just been to see a 56 plate Vectra 1.9 CDTI estate that seemed ok, apart from a spongy brake pedal and in need of being a in need of a good clean.

    I'm organising to go and see a V6 ford Cougar too, in black. I had a cougar once and I liked it. The driving position and the dynamics of the car was a bit big, but fun and comfortable. Never owned a V6 in any car either.
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    This DEFINITELY won't be my next car

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2003-MERCE...kAAOSw14xWI5I3
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    Whatever you do - dont buy an MG ZR........

    you'd be mad to buy a V6 Cougar also - running costs, repairs etc will just cost you huge in long run.....

    Vectra - well TBH always a good buy to be fair. I've just bought the missus an 08 plate petrol SRI with 66K on clock, one owner and factory upgraded 19" wheels. Drives like new and set me back £2800.

    I really am not a fan of vauxhalls but value for money and low cost on going maintenance you can't fault them......



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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue_Joe View Post
    Whatever you do - dont buy an MG ZR........

    you'd be mad to buy a V6 Cougar also - running costs, repairs etc will just cost you huge in long run.....

    Vectra - well TBH always a good buy to be fair. I've just bought the missus an 08 plate petrol SRI with 66K on clock, one owner and factory upgraded 19" wheels. Drives like new and set me back £2800.

    I really am not a fan of vauxhalls but value for money and low cost on going maintenance you can't fault them......
    Yeah, I'm not going to buy that MG ZR. It was just a bit 90's inside, it reminded me of my 106 Rallye - which was a fun car to drive but really wasn't modern.

    Nice one on the Vectra, Vauxhalls really don't scream at me to buy them but it seemed a good car and it's coming from my long term garage who have just MOTd it. It's not in the best condition body wise, but at my budget I get a car that has a nice body with bad mechanicals or good mechanicals with a bad body.

    The cougar I'm going to see tomorrow is a V6, manual in black and it's part of the Series 2 cougar (basically different bumpers and few styling tweaks over the series 1)

    Remember I don't do many miles in a year, 8000 at most so it's not used as a daily driver. I just want something that's a bit more fun than a Vectra Diesel estate.
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    So, I've got the choice of economy estate in the form of a Vauxhall Vectra diesel estate.

    A bit of power and style with a V6 cougar (2001 model) less money than the Vectra (but it's bound to give me problems)
    Or a Mk3 mondeo (again) but this time being a diesel for the same money as the Vectra.

    I do miss having a cougar and I would like to have a V6 and it is in my favourite colour, black. But then again I need economy and cheapness.
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