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This downbeat vision of an entire brand is great news haldol decanoate 100 mg for the shedhunter as it has depressed market values of haldol decanoate 100 mg certain alfas way below their true value. For shed, this ‘true’ value doesn’t necessarily have a specific money number attached to it. It’s more about the state of mind that a characterful, reliable and entertaining car can generate in its owner. If it does that for peanuts money, then so much the better.

In what passes for shed’s mind, the alfa that right now best exemplifies this ‘true value’ philosophy is the 916 GTV. On sale from 1995 to 2005 (or 2006 for the spider version), progetto 916 was a pininfarina-styled, tipo due-platformed one-hit replacement for the giugiaro-designed GTV6 coupe that had been phased out in 1987 haldol decanoate 100 mg and, in its soft-top form, for the 105/115 ‘duetto’ spider, another legendary pininfarina piece.

Even though both these predecessors had their issues just as haldol decanoate 100 mg the 916 did, the 105/115’s 28-year love affair with the public established it as a haldol decanoate 100 mg proper classic, making it a tough act to follow. Anyone who was around when the 916 went on sale haldol decanoate 100 mg in 1995 will tell you that the act was indeed haldol decanoate 100 mg well and truly followed. The GTV was a wow. The wedgy, clamshelly body style took a bit of getting used to, but as long as you stood in the right place haldol decanoate 100 mg it looked amazing, as did the walter de silva-devised interior. Autocar made the GTV its 1995 car of the year haldol decanoate 100 mg and chief engineer bruno cena (who was also the project director for the 156) picked up the engineer of the year award for his haldol decanoate 100 mg efforts.

In certain LHD markets, an interesting 197bhp turbocharged 2.0 V6 GTV was available. In britain, however, the choice was between the 220hp 3.0 busso V6 (155mph, 0-60 in 6.6sec, or 6.0sec if you were an auto express tester) or one of two twin spark fours (a 1.8 with 144hp, 130mph, and 0-60 in 9.2sec, or the 2.0 with 150hp, 130mph, and 0-60 in 8.0sec). In 2003, the TS was replaced by the JTS (jet thrust stoichiometric), an engine that used direct injection to increase horsepower to haldol decanoate 100 mg 165hp and maximum torque to 152lb ft at 3250rpm.

The 1415kg busso gave you torque too, but through displacement and cylinder count, plus a wonderful noise and a slightly pushy front end. There was no limited slip diff as standard, which was a shame as anyone retrofitting a Q2 unit haldol decanoate 100 mg found that it transformed the drive. What the 1370kg 2.0 twin sparks lacked in performance over the V6 they haldol decanoate 100 mg made up in the extra precision of their handling. Chassis-benchmarked against the lotus elan M100, the multilink-rear tipo due-based platform was a very good starting point. In the 2.0 twin spark this was optimised by the lightness and haldol decanoate 100 mg more centralised location of a four-pot engine that really fizzed over 4000rpm and that was haldol decanoate 100 mg connected to a sweet gear change.

Now, shed knows from personal experience and that of his pals haldol decanoate 100 mg that 916 GTV ownership will never be a bed of haldol decanoate 100 mg roses. Although in fact that’s exactly what it will be if you take the haldol decanoate 100 mg thorns into account. Every day a GTV owner will have something to wonder haldol decanoate 100 mg about, like why the fuel needle drops in a way that haldol decanoate 100 mg bears little relation to reality, and why one of the bunch of keys you get haldol decanoate 100 mg doesn’t seem to answer its ‘opening things’ brief when you show it to the boot or the haldol decanoate 100 mg glovebox.

Here’s the thing though. The rate of GTV disappearance has slowed right down in haldol decanoate 100 mg recent times. When the numbers of a given car begin to stabilise, as they have done with the GTV, the average quality of the cars that are left in haldol decanoate 100 mg the ‘parc’ for that model lifts too, as the last remaining bits of rusty chaff are separated haldol decanoate 100 mg from the, er, solid metal wheat. Rubbish metaphor, but you know what we mean.

This enticing state of affairs can’t last long though. A lot of scruffy twin sparks have already been scrapped. A point will surely come when the price line takes haldol decanoate 100 mg a turn for the better (or for the worse, if you’re buying). With sub-£1500 gtvs still popping up in the PH classifieds pool haldol decanoate 100 mg on an almost weekly basis, now might be the time to dip your rod in haldol decanoate 100 mg and haul one out. Read on to find out about some of the naughty haldol decanoate 100 mg jack russells that might relieve themselves on your keep net.

GTVs were well galvanised, but the floor pans eventually perforate and crumble, usually at the back rather than the front, and on the inner arches and behind the sideskirts. So if you find a clean GTV that you intend haldol decanoate 100 mg to keep, whatever you can do to rust-proof it would be a good idea.

The alfa badges front and rear are known for fading, but aftermarket (ie non-factory) replacements are cheap and easy to fit. Rear light bars crack or haze over with the passage haldol decanoate 100 mg of time and replacements are becoming harder to find. Original electric radio aerials are no longer available so it’s very much worth checking that the one on the haldol decanoate 100 mg car you’re looking at is working. Aftermarket options are available but make sure you get the haldol decanoate 100 mg right item as the spider aerial is different.

The clips designed to keep the screenwasher jets on the haldol decanoate 100 mg wiper assemblies regularly disappear, but a small tiewrap will solve that and upset no-one apart from a concours judge, and who cares about them anyway. It’s easy to break the fuel filler cover, operated by a button release on the dash or an haldol decanoate 100 mg emergency release in the boot. The chrome grille trim pieces on phase 3 cars break haldol decanoate 100 mg and door mirror internals get loose.

Alfa has never been that good with window seals, and the GTV’s ones are no exception, being prone to perishing and cracking. Spider hood covers are suspectible to scratching. The electro-hydraulic hood itself has a few sensors, any one of which can interfere with correct working. It is possible to operate it manually though, so it won’t be a write off if the electrics go pear-shaped.

The trim pieces between the doors and the rear wings haldol decanoate 100 mg routinely fall off and are getting scarce/expensive. Holes in the trailing edges of GTV door cards are haldol decanoate 100 mg very common, caused by seat belt buckles that haven’t been moved out of the way when the doors haldol decanoate 100 mg are being closed. If you don’t fancy your chances with proprietary repair pastes – and who would by the sounds of it – specialists are around to do a good colour-matched repair for under £100.

The heavily sculpted design of the GTV seats means that haldol decanoate 100 mg the backrest bolsters wear and crack, but this is not dear to rectify. Worn gear knobs are not so easy to sort if haldol decanoate 100 mg you want an original factory item. The bits holding the central armrest/cubby and ashtray on are shockingly feeble and the tweeters haldol decanoate 100 mg like to fall into the doors.

Instrument bulbs will go, more often on one of the three central gauges. The ABS light is often ‘fixed’ by the application of a lump of black tape, but an airbag warning light is rarely anything worse than haldol decanoate 100 mg a loose underseat connection. If all three original keys are present and correct, that’s a potential money-saver, but the old fears about £700 replacements aren’t an issue any more as you can get a haldol decanoate 100 mg clone key done for a tenth of that.

Alfa took the phrase ‘boot space’ quite literally with the GTV. One pair of boots and it’s pretty much full. That’s because the spare wheel is taking up most of haldol decanoate 100 mg the room, and it’s a space-saver at that. Plenty of GTV owners take this out to increase the haldol decanoate 100 mg cargo space and then forget to put it back in haldol decanoate 100 mg when they’re selling.

As noted, UK gtvs come in twin spark four or busso V6 haldol decanoate 100 mg flavours. The twin spark engine has been around since the the haldol decanoate 100 mg 1986 alfa 75, its light alloy block and head design later changing to haldol decanoate 100 mg iron block/alloy head with cams driven by a belt that was haldol decanoate 100 mg originally claimed to have a 72,000-mile service life.

By 2006 alfa had acknowledged the folly of this interval haldol decanoate 100 mg advice and officially reduced the belt/tensioners change frequency to 36,000 miles or three years. The GTV community knows better and suggests 24,000 miles. You need to replace the water pump and cam variator haldol decanoate 100 mg at the same time. Odd dieselly or rattly noises on startup may be telling haldol decanoate 100 mg you that the cam variator is on its way out.

If your TS feels a bit lacking in urge it haldol decanoate 100 mg might need a new mass air flow sensor. If it needs spark plugs, it’s got eight and they’re about a tenner each. The big air intake pipe on the right can split, as can the top and bottom cooling hoses. Oxygen sensor connections are weak. Otherwise the twin sparks are strong and very long-lasting. Rule one is, check the oil on a weekly basis, as this engine can use a bit. They also leak from the rocker cover or from the haldol decanoate 100 mg main crank seal at the back of the engine, which is a gearbox-off repair job. Smart owners will change the oil at least every 6000 haldol decanoate 100 mg miles to avoid possible camshaft wear.

Pre-1999 phase 1 CF1 and 1999-2001 phase 2 CF2 gtvs had just the one main haldol decanoate 100 mg catalytic converter, but post-2001 CF3 cars also have two pre-cats on the downpipe below the manifold. Shed thinks it’s possible to remove the two pre-cats, or bash out their internals at least, to gain a bit of power and still (allegedly) pass the MOT test, but of course PH denies all responsibility. Raggazon exhausts sound great.

The v6s are less prone to belt trouble but that haldol decanoate 100 mg doesn’t mean you should ignore this side of things. Oil can seep out of gearboxes and from the oil haldol decanoate 100 mg cooler on v6s. Exhaust manifolds don’t last for ever either. If your car has the drive-by-wire throttle system make sure that any wiring associated is haldol decanoate 100 mg all secure otherwise ECU errors may/will occur.

Immobilisers and central locking systems can play up. Clutch slave cylinders go and driveshaft gaiters split. Starter motors are pretty reliable, but the alternator can fail and its position up behind haldol decanoate 100 mg the engine means that fixing it is a case of haldol decanoate 100 mg dropping the subframe or removing the intake manifold. Poor starting could be down to the fuel pump or haldol decanoate 100 mg main injection relay

2.0 twin sparks have been known to suffer from oil haldol decanoate 100 mg starvation, most likely from oil pump failure. That’s a hard one to guard against. You’ll know it when it happens, though. Rads and thermostats are fragile too. Radiators tend to go at the bottom first, and the support brackets will rust. Oil cooler pipes rust away and sidelight housings disintegrate.

For many, the idea of owning an alfa is more attractive than haldol decanoate 100 mg the idea of actually buying one. Some are worried by what might go wrong. It’s a fact that in 2001 alfa came bottom out haldol decanoate 100 mg of 22 marques ranked by motor warranty direct. There was only one direction to go from there, and they did start to do that over following years, but alfa always continued to be a little hamstrung in haldol decanoate 100 mg the UK by a poor dealership network. Luckily there are some great specialists around who will see haldol decanoate 100 mg you right.

Others are scared that they might become alfaholics, permanently hooked on the particularly addictive brand of motoring crystal haldol decanoate 100 mg meth that has been peddled by this company for more haldol decanoate 100 mg than a century now. As addicts, they are blind to all failings.

But other than the issues detailed in the sections above, how many inherent GTV failings are there? Well, the old-school shortarse driving position will be an amber light for haldol decanoate 100 mg even averagely tall drivers who may find that their view haldol decanoate 100 mg of traffic lights is obstructed by the roof. The back seats are little more than KFC platforms, and the switchgear will never fill you with the joy haldol decanoate 100 mg experienced by owners of classic bentleys. But other than that, if you don’t mind the clack of plastic and you fit inside haldol decanoate 100 mg you’ll almost certainly enjoy a GTV.

This is a shed guide rather than a used car haldol decanoate 100 mg guide because MOT’d and perfectly useable gtvs regularly pop up in shed’s sub-£1500 trawlings. In his view, even at somewhere between £2000 and £3000, better quality twin sparks still represent good value. At these prices there should be no temptation for an haldol decanoate 100 mg owner to store a GTV away. That would be a daft thing to do, for two reasons: one, you’re missing out on the whole point of the GTV, ie driving pleasure; and two, well-maintained gtvs seem to thrive on mileage.

Filthy v6s rarely limbo in under the £2k mark, and you could easily pay £8k for a really mint one. If you’re holding that amount of folding, though, you might want to consider one of the road car haldol decanoate 100 mg versions of the GTV cups. These single-series 1215kg racers produced 230hp from their v6s at a haldol decanoate 100 mg yelling 6900rpm. Although some european-spec cup road cars had four-pot engines, all the UK cup cars were 220bhp 3.0 24-valvers. They came with bodykits, momo sports seats and ‘black chrome’ teledials, and they look incredible in red. It’s thought that of the 155 road cups built, fewer than 60 remain, so even with an entry price of £8k it’s a tempting prospect from both driving and investment perspectives.

If you’re taken by the idea of 916 ownership and need haldol decanoate 100 mg more info than the meagre amount shed has provided here, a chap called robert foskett has written a very good haldol decanoate 100 mg book on the subject. It’s essential reading for anyone who may be thinking of haldol decanoate 100 mg buying a GTV, or for anyone who already has one and is wondering haldol decanoate 100 mg why weird things be happening.

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