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Richard Melling
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Whining 156 2.0 T.Spark

Bought a 2001 black 156 2.0 T.Spark Veloce from Mangoletsi 2 weeks ago after giving back the Toyota Avensiszzzz... company car for cash option. What a difference..!! Compliments my GTV 3.0 V6 beautifully... two Alfa's on the drive - can't afford 'em but I feel I've now made it in life!!

Anyway, the 156 has few problems (fuel gauge not working, door knob keeps sticking etc!!)which are to be sorted out this week under warranty. The most nail-biting is an irritating high pitched metallic whine between 2600 - 3000rpm in each gear. (It also sounds gruff on tickover - more like a JTD than T.Spark). Mangoletsi's reckon it's the heat shields but it definitely sounds like it's coming smack-bang from the engine.

I've also just discovered that the first owner was "Avis Rental Company....". Oooerrr... I'm a total mechanical luddite but I'm worried it's been thrashed in it's infancy. Any clues what the whine is anybody?????
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ok stupid question, but did you check the oil?
if thats ok, then maybe its the variator? when this fails it will give a diesel clunk instead of the sweet alfa purr
apart from that, i cant think of anything else..

PS: avis rental car!? thats bad innit??

good luck anyway..
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Hi Richard,

Im surprised Mangoletsi didnt notice this problem before selling it? Sounds like an Engine problem to me. Are mangoletsi fixing the probs under their own warranty or the regular alfa warranty?
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