• This is an example of a car I know I'll be kicking myself for not trying at least once. Italian build quality notwithstanding, all I ever hear is praise about these frumpy looking things. And, apparently, are startlingly quick on the LeMons circuit. Is this one too nice to LeMoninze?

    • And you should kick yourself for not trying one if you don't. Mine was the epitome of Alfa ownership, and I wouldn't trade the experience for the world. They're just brilliant vehicles to drive, and they're really not bad to work on other than changing the goddamned starter, which is the single worst job I've ever performed on any vehicle ever.

      Too nice to LeMonize? As a former Milano owner I say absolutely not too nice. This looks to be a car with nice bones, but it's *never* going to make sense to do the work to put this thing back into proper working condition. Strip it of the unobtanium parts (interior and exterior trim pieces, mostly) and sell that off to keep other Milanos on the road and in great shape, plus make a little money back, and then go to town. I think it's a great choice, and now you have me considering it myself…

  • "Timing done under 20,xxx miles ago."

    That means it's more than time for a new timing belt and water pump, hombre.

  • I wonder what gremlins exist that push the price down that far. If I weren't currently over my own car capacity and buried in projects, I'd be headed down there with my hauler this weekend. 80s European cars are the best. They're modern enough that people only give you a slightly weird look for daily driving one (then again, I give them a weird look for making payments on a soulless appliance), and while I don't see as many at track days as I used to, they're still a valid choice. Parts are (mostly) cheap for cars of this age, and the fuel injection is only slightly more needy than the stuff they're putting in cars today. I highly recommend living with a car from this era. I've got 3.

    • Where to start..
      Crazy a$$ wiring hanging out of the dash…
      Chewed on door seals…
      Cracked (no duh) and rashed dash…
      Dent in driver's door…

      At the auctions, this is what's known as a roach coach. For everyone else… LeMons time!

    • Just go in with your eyes open that it will need some things:

      Timing belt, rule of thumb is 3 yrs or 30K miles + you will need to rebuild the tensioner if it still has the oil fed or replace if it was changed to the dry.

      Probably needs new guibos in the drive line.

      Inboard rear brakes are a PITA to service.

      Clutch is a PITA to change if it needs it (transaxle car).

      Shift linkage probably needs its bushes refreshed.

      But, for 1,500 and if you can do your own work, it's a pretty good deal.

  • Wow….I know this particular car….all I have to say is it's a crying shame what happened to it over the last 10 years. I guess someone who hadn't seen me in 10 years would probably say the same.

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