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*** Car has been sold to another Alfa fan!***

Selling the funnest Alfa I have ever had (and I have had way too many of them…)

Basics:

’88 Milano Verde, almost 113K miles, located in Santa Clara, CA

I bought the car from Roselli’s in San Jose last year during a rare moment where I had no Alfas in my life. The car appealed to me by the fact that it seemed very honest – what you saw is what you got, and that meant a zero rust, in-need of paint Alfa. The intent was to bring the car to a top driver condition by fixing its ailments and giving it a decent coat of paint. I share the Alfa disease, as many of you do I am sure, with the spin that a car needs to be just like the day it was made with zero modifications. During the course of last year, I undertook this task with great enthusiasm until a few months ago when a lovely Giulia Super joined our family. I had hoped to keep both cars, but sadly there is room for only one in my garage and as such today I decided that the Milano must go.

I am about $9K into the car because in the past year it has had the following work done at local shops or by myself:

Replaced:

o Timing belt and all accessory belts (forgot to list this during the initial ad submission!)
o Seats from a rusted Verde that had an excellent interior. As you can see from the photos, apart from a good cleaning and some preventative sewing in a spot or two, the seats are in top condition
o Steering rack and hoses with a refurbished rack and new hoses where needed
o Clutch assembly
o Master and slave clutch cylinders.
o Rear brakes and pads
o Cam cover gaskets
o Headliner with new, correct material
o Several switches with the correct orange (Verde model) ones. A few were replaced by the previous owner with non Verde colored ones
o Castor bushings (only ones that needed to be replaced); car was aligned immediately thereafter
o Oil and oil filter appropriate for this type of engine, as recommended by my mechanic

Installed new:

o Tires (less than 2K miles on them)
o Alpine bluetooth/XM/CD stereo with Rockford Fosgate rear speakers and mic for hands-free phone operation
o Wiper blades (why not mention them!)
o Operating power antenna

Waiting for their installation (have them all - will come with car):

o New exterior door handles and rubber seals
o Front shock bumpers
o Driver’s side inner panel
o Rear badges
It needs:

• Paint job. I was intending to make this the last step of the Milano rejuvenation project so I have not done it yet. Along with the paint job I was going to replace the lower front bumper ($120 at APE) as it was broken by the previous owner during what I guess was a bump on the bumper (hence the collapsed bumper shock)
• Rear main seal: Although other leaks have been sorted out, it does leave a few drops when parked (and smells accordingly as the oil falls on the hot exhaust)
• Sunroof inner panel: I did not make this a priority although I was keeping an eye out for one. Intent was to overhaul the sunroof during the panel’s installation
• A/C recharge: When on, it produces a lightly cooled breeze, but that’s about it
• Driver window mechanism: It needs help going up. Was intending to do when replacing the inner door panel <-- Update: Fixed with refurbished unit and works like a charm

Some commentary on the car:

• As you can see from the new, repaired, replaced components, many of the expensive quirks of the Milano have been addressed
• It drives wonderfully, especially in the twisties. Definitely the most balanced car and by far the best sounding one I have ever had. Sounds are enjoyed with the relative lack of usual Milano squeaks from the front of the dashboard or the rear seat. At 4K RPMs, it is a true joy to anyone with affinity for Italian engines. The headers mounted on the engine certainly help.
• Both ABS and cruise control are in place and operational. Cruise control, I have used once and must admit was not all that confident in its ability to maintain speed but at least it seems to work.
• Standing next to it when running, it smells as if it is running rich. This was intended to be addressed with the eventual purchase of a refurbished air-flow meter, but I never got around to it.
• The HVAC system has been mostly cleaned with lots of dry leaves removed (a consequence of Milanos lacking a grate to prevent leaves from entering the vents)
• I have the shop manual for the 2.5L Milanos that cover most repairs and instructions
• Most of window rubber/seals are in as new condition

I will sell the car as is, i.e. with clear title in my name.
 

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I've owned a couple of Verde's. This looks like a good deal, particularly if the ABS is functioning.
 

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"so many problems with electricity - this is what I faced with the same one"

Oh sure. Where does he talk about electrical problems? I doubt you know anything about these cars. Just a troll, no offense meant, Norway, lol.
 

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No, no Del.. He lives on 5th Ave NY. I haven,t looked up the address, but probably Trump Tower:)
 

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Real trolls live in Norway. All Norwegians know that. Web trolls live elsewhere, as you say, maybe Trump tower, home of the loons (don't get me started).
 
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