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The Life of Boxer

Anybody have an opinion about the life time of an classic 1.6 boxer engine. Mine is on 100K, I like to be on high revs and the engine is still smooth. So how much you make on your car and which problems you face?

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Basic boxers have few problems especially if they are serviced well and regularly.
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I drive a 146 boxer, 1.6, 8v and she has been with me for coming to 5 years now.
Recently, I occasionally get the injector light up on the panel for about 10 to 15 secs before going out.

A quick search on a local Alfisti forum said it could be the cause of the idle actuator valve getting dirty. I am trying to locate this fella in the engine bay but have so far failed to do so. I know it looks like a black cigar sitting above the "Alfa Romeo" words embossed on the engine.

Would like help to locate it and instructions to clean the darn thing. I feel one day it'll fail on me on the highway if I dun do something about it.

Is this something that is DIY recommended or the job of the local AR agent?


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I've clocked up 63K on my 1997 1.6 145
Last of the boxer's so far she's given me no engine troubles,except a small oil leak.I change the oil every 8,000miles.
And where teh engine does go pop I've a 1.7 16v to put in her. [img]smilies/smile.gif[/img]

Oh yes and I would'nt be the slowest of drivers either....or so the other half keeps telling me [img]smilies/eek.gif[/img]
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Mines running fine now, just under 69k
Bought it in june last year with only 50k on the clock.

So it does quite a few miles between oil changes [img]smilies/wink.gif[/img] so i treat it to Fully synthetic [img]smilies/smile.gif[/img]
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nimro, I have the boxer 145 which is 7 years old, i have the same problem....the black thing u mentioned is "stepper motor", i have change one before due to the same problem. but the problem remain, know any good mechanic in Singapore to fix Alfa 145 boxer... [img]smilies/krakrani.gif[/img] [img]smilies/krakrani.gif[/img] [img]smilies/krakrani.gif[/img]
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Hi, just bought 146 1.7 boxer which has done 39000km. This is my first alfa and it makes very nice sound. Everyday, I'm taking longest route to & from work and always looking forward for fast driving during the weekend. I can't confirm this without proper equipment, but I think my heart rate is up whenever i start the engine or during driving. Never get this feeling with other cars. Guess this is what you guys mean when you say alfa has character.
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Hi Jimmy,

Are you by any chance active in the AROC Singapore forum..? If not, you should, cos there's a wealth of info such as good mechanics etc. Till date, I've ignored the injector light problem.

Good mechanics are Sweetaire (look for Sebastian, he drives a 146, or Zainal), or City Motors (Edwin). I just had my steering boot covers replaced.
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ha, thanks nimro, good to know someone from singapore at, and same for advise.

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