1980 Talbot Alpine GL 1.6
The last of an era... crap materials, good concept
Rust at the top of wheel arches, lip of tailgate and in floor pan on passenger side near front wheel arch (MOT fail).
Poor breathing (always unclogging breather pipes which glooped-up), failed alternator, thrust bearing on first gear.
I was made redundant: Was told could keep the company BMW for 1 month, or give it back and be given £400 compensation, so took the dosh and bought a bucket to run about in until a new job with a car came up. Picked up the Alpine. Had dented passenger door and said rust. Ran well. Damp interior...
I sorted out the dent, added some rubber door stripes and gave it a respray! I had it for 3 years in the end (no job with car came!). Ran well and screamed like a scolded cat in top gear from 50-75mph; a real burner! Was cheap to run. My 1st MOT only needed a new tyre - was astounded! Second one was the rust, and it needed welding, and the picky examiner said the indicators flashed too fast! So down to the junk yard for a relay. Sold it for the same as I paid for it - £395 to an AA engineer! He said it looked a good car... but it was on its last knockings in terms of economy for me...
It was comfy inside and loads of room!
My Father died and I inherited his low mileage Citroen BX. Once I had cleaned it up and sorted all the suspension leaks, it lasted me another 11 years until I got a new 4x4! So old cars can be a Godsend! Am glad I have a pic of my Alpine for prosperity!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 4th September, 2011