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Finally got an Alfa 156

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Chuffed to bits and i have not even picked it up yet.

I have one question (first of many i should imagine!!)

The guy i have bought it of said it was overheating and drinking coolant - since then he has had the head checked and skimmed, head gasket set, head bolts, cam belt with tensioners and pulleys, oil filter, alternator belt and a new radiator.

This was done a month ago, and he says it has not been overheating since.

Should this be something I should be worried about and what is the best way to drive it home tomorrow.

I'll let you know how we get on.
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Re: Finally got an Alfa 156

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Should this be something I should be worried about and what is the best way to drive it home tomorrow.
check the oil , Warm it up for about 10mins then drive it like you stole it !

you really should be hitting 5 - 6k before shifting for maximum enjoyment (assuming it's a petrol)

Sounds like all the proper work has been done to give you all the confidence you need.
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sit and let it run before you pay.. needle should get to roughly 95 degrees on the centre dash temp gauge (there isnt a mark for 95, but past 90) and then the fan will come on, and quickly shove it back below 90. if the fan doesnt come on, then it still has a problem, and it would be worth leaving it, unless you can test that the fan is working as it should be.

if it does what its meant to, drive it home and give it some beans. check the oil before you leave (before you switch it on) and give it 10-15 mins when you get home and check it again. if it has used any, report back sah!.

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Listen to the above and you cant go wrong, btw, Ive had a 156 for 8 months now, i hope you have as much enjoyment out of it than i have.
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You should be fine - most problems are due to the comedy radiators, which tend to lose most of their cooling ability after 3 - 4 years as the fins fall out......I know, I have to do ours - but its winter now so it should be OK

Just keep an eye on the oil level - some never use a drop, others can be down to a pint every few hundred miles, without seeming smoky. But the engines do NOT tolerate low oil levels - so check. And enjoy!
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