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?????