1995 Alpha Romeo 164 LS
White w/ silver trim exterior and tan (biscuit?) leather interior
Located in San Mateo, CA
NOW Asking $3000
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Been my daily driver since bought in February 2004 with 53000 miles on it. Starting end of last year it has been sitting more than being driven as I got another car and intended to sell this. It ended up being the ‘fill-in’ vehicle when our son would come home during breaks from college. Yes – a young male drove it for a while with no ill effects!
He is now home, has another car and though I know I will regret it, I need to sell to free up a little cash, reduce my insurance costs and stable (and my wife says so). What time and cash I generate will go towards my GT1300jr (or GT2000jr as it has a 2L and various other subtle improvements).
The 164 was purchased w/ a salvage title (some of you may have seen my sale posts on Craigslist SF). True or false (I don’t know accuracy but I bought the story and subsequently the car), I was told: PO bought from an auction. Somebody had sabotaged the wiring harness (unplugged) to the black box during the inspection period. As it would not start / run and the auctioneer didn’t want to spend time / $ on it sold it as-is. PO had connection reestablished and all the stuff needed to get it retitled (brakes, lights etc inspections & certifications). There is no apparent collision damage or repairs to the car. I did see a small area at the left rear wheel well that looks like it has a bit of filler but that’s all I found. All the panels have the original VIN on them.
Straight, clean, no rust. Some expected door dings etc.
All trim there, all lights etc work.
Evidence of (at least) a partial respray in same original white. Don’t know why.
Lower side grey trim panels vary a little (just enough to notice to my picky eye) in color front door to back door (part of the respray?)
Windshield has a crack. Mostly behind rearview mirror but migrating to the left.
Seats / leather good. Driver seat I would rank as ‘fair’ as it has some spots here the finish of the leather has failed. Leather is still supple at these locations though – no tears splits or rips. Passenger and rear seats are very good to perfect imho.
Dash is complete, no cracks or other problems. LCD has klingon warship code on it (does not properly display). Original radio. HVAC works perfectly. Oil pressure gauge (or sender) funky. Bounces around. Started doing this about 8 months ago. Pressure has always been steady and reliable at about (on the gauge) 55 to 70 range since I got it. Airbag warning on display blinks now (then goes solid after while). Believe (from what I’ve read here on the Forum) that it is due to improper disconnect of battery / power when old battery died from sitting too long. The warnings started then. DS door retaining strap broken so door does not hold itself open. PS door latch has recently stopped working from the inside. Door is still openable from the exterior latch. I believe something has come disconnected inside the door but haven’t had time to open it up yet. All lights, windows, sunroof etc work great.
Engine is strong, complete and original. SMOG II check last year and it passed easily.
Transmission is balky. Grinds or protests going into 3rd. If you're gentle
, it goes right in but if you force it, it’s not happy. Also makes some low ‘squawky’ sort of sound above ~1500 rpm in 1st & 2nd. You can search my posts here on this subject. It has done this since I bought it. It works ok (for now) but assume it will need rebuilding or replacing at some point.
Brakes and suspension are very good.
Work I’ve had done since purchase (highlights only – of course I’ve done reg maint work – oil, filters, balance, alignment etc etc):
@ 53000 miles:
Major service inc. tuneup
@ 53,800 miles:
Clutch inc TO bearing
Clutch slave cylinder
Opened transaxle case at this time to inspect cause of noise. Nothing found wrong and closed it up.
New oem fog lamps
Brakes – pads and rotors
Plenum and vapor hoses
Right rear steering tube
center and rear mufflers, tailpipe
New (proper size and form factor) battery
New low pressure hose on power steering.
I’m sure I’m forgetting stuff but also sure you’ll ask if interested.
I know the salvage title is a bummer and hopefully have reflected that in the asking price. This should be a fun reliable (it is
a Alfa!) car for the new owner. If, God forbid, it becomes a donor car, its good and valuable pieces will provide a substantial return on the investment.