Steering Rack Update + My Last Ever Alfa
After making a few posts this week about getting my new steering rack fitted, I have finally had it done as a last resort to cure the constant rattling noise that was coming from under the car. Has it cured it? Nope.
Hence this will be my last ever Alfa Romeo. I have owned the car for around 14 months, and in the last 14 months have spent more maintaining it than what I paid for it. Yes, Alfa Romeo have all the character and charisma (and whatever else you get that works with them) that other car manufacturers don't, but is it really worth all the hassle?
Whoever reads this, please don't let it put you off buying an Alfa or whatever, I may have just brought two bad ones. But I drove down to Dorset yesterday in a 17 year old Lancia Delta HF Turbo. Done it no hassle, a bit noisy from the exhaust, but that is a car with character. It is also a car that I am quite confident could use everyday, without bits falling off of it, rattling noises every 100 yards, the thought of the airbag light coming on! etc etc etc.
I'm writing this now laughing, but it's not really funny at all. My Alfa is 8 years old and people with MK II Escorts have probably had less hassle with their cars than I have mine. All I wanted to do was to cure a rattle from the front suspension, I cannot possibly replace any more bits, probably because there are no more bits I can replace. Having a steering rack fitted was a last resort at getting rid of this noise - the garage told me and even pointed out to me that there was play in the rack, but after fitting it, no different at all. Steering feels better, but rattling is still there. Drop links were fitted 10,000 miles ago - do they really wear out that quick and could it be them that need changing, yet again?
If anyone has any idea on how I can fix this, please let me know, no matter what it is, I am completely desperate now to fix it! My other posts go into detail about what I've done!
Alfa Romeo 156 3.0 V6 24v Lusso (2000)
Lancia Delta HF Turbo IE (1991) - Rust In Peace !