Wednesday, October 21, 2009

1988 Alfa Romeo Milano Verde - Great Winter Project

I've written this many times before, but of all the cars I've owned, the one I miss the most is my Alfa Romeo Milano.

When I owned my Milano I lived in an area known as the "Hilltowns" of Western Massachusetts. It was about a 20 minute drive from my house to my business. Many, many nights it would take me a lot longer than 20 minutes to get home. I'd take the longest way possible and just drive along the winding mountain roads with the radio off, listening to the engine. It was the perfect way to end the day. It was relaxing and exciting at the same time.

My Milano had the 2.5 liter version of Alfa's V6 in it. It is one of the more amazing engines ever built. It's free revving and powerful. The sounds it makes are extraordinary.

The Milano has a perfect 50 / 50 weight distribution as it has a transaxle in the rear. It made the car, as they say in car magazines, very "tossable".

Yes, the exterior styling is odd. Even die-hard Alfisti had some problems with it. I liked it. The interior ergonomics were also unusual. The power window switches were located on the ceiling. The e-brake handle was U shaped and when up, it made opening the center console difficult. When it was down it made the little tray below it pretty much useless. Changing the radio station was a problem when the car was in 1st or 3rd gear as the shifter made access to the radio difficult. I didn't mind all that. It gave the car character.

The car listed on eBay is a Milano Verde. Besides featuring every bell and whistle Alfa had to offer, the Verde has a 3.0 liter version of the same V6 I had. The extra .5 liters makes this amazing engine even more amazing. (Yeah, I know, that's a lame description, but it's true. I can't think of a better way of saying it.)

This car needs some work, but it's a driver. The power steering has a leak (Mine did, too. I just kept topping it up), the passenger door does not open from inside, the windshield has crack, the fan works on high setting only (That's a common problem and a relatively cheap part. If I remember correctly it's a resistor that goes bad) and the driver seat is worn. The only serious problem the car seems to have is, as the seller puts it, a "driveline whine seems to be from center carrier in lower gears during deceleration" It appears to have little rust.

The "Buy It Now" price for this car is only $2500.00. Even if you had to put another $1500.00 to $3000.00 into it, you would still be able to get your investment back. Not that it matters, because after driving the car once you won't want to sell it.

Located in Park City, UT, click here to see the eBay listing for this 1988 Milano Verde.

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