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Technical => 160 Series (90, 75, 164 Sedans) => Topic started by: hillalfa on October 02, 2007, 05:47:07 PM

Title: 90 Prices
Post by: hillalfa on October 02, 2007, 05:47:07 PM
This is the same as my question as in the introducing section. But now after researching 90's seem better than 75's (no offence) somed what I'd like to ask is ' Is it expensive keeping an old alfa model?'

Annd does anyone have pics of the interior and engine :)
Title: Re: 90 Prices
Post by: Fast Eddie on October 02, 2007, 06:02:25 PM
There you go Sheldon, another potential 90 convert for you.

go forth and issue your advice
Title: Re: 90 Prices
Post by: Scott Farquharson on October 02, 2007, 08:48:51 PM
Seems to be a lot of 90 enquiries lately......has Sheldon been on the grassy knoll...
Title: Re: 90 Prices
Post by: Sheldon McIntosh on October 02, 2007, 09:33:11 PM
Check out this thread on this forum, started a few days ago.  There's a link to a website with good info on the 90:-,com_smf/Itemid,68/topic,761.msg3408/#new (,com_smf/Itemid,68/topic,761.msg3408/#new)

Or this old thread on this forum for a few pics of one of mine, has a couple of shots of interior and engine:-,com_smf/Itemid,68/topic,514.0/ (,com_smf/Itemid,68/topic,514.0/)

There's also a whole thread of pictures of the 90 on the Alfa Bulletin Board (   I would insert a hyperlink here but I'm having trouble accessing the site at the moment.  Go to the picture room, and find the thread for 90's.  You'll have to register to see the pics though, only takes a minute.

As to price of maintenance, I've been pleasantly suprised and delighted at  how reliable and trouble-free the 90 has been.  I've had no major issues at all, and that includes thrashing the n**ts off it at 5 track days so far.  Unless you have iron-clad evidence that the timing-belt has been changed recently, do it as soon as you buy, service it often and well, and it should go forever.  You may have a few electrical and niggly interior trim problems, but they're all cheap and easy to fix.  There are a few parts which are becoming hard to find and expensive.

The big thing to maintaining it well is getting the important mechanical work done by someone who knows about Alfas.  They're very well engineered, but they're also complex and fiddly sometimes.  The first mechanic I took mine to got underneath and wondered why the car had no gearbox.  I went elsewhere.

It's never going to be as cheap and easy to maintain an Alfa as it would be a Japanese or Australian car, but it is nowhere near as bad as people would think. 

Let us know of any further questions.  It's important to do your research before you buy a car like this.  I wish I'd had this forum before i bought mine....

Oh yeah, and search the forum before asking questions ;D