A couple of questions. 147
Hi Im Onlineo.
I have a red 04 Alfa 147 diesel with 100k miles on the clock. Ive had it for just under a year, and it is due for its first service and MOT under my ownership. The only problems so far encountered have been 2 bulbs going and the air con needing re-gasing, which is great.
I have a couple of questions if anyone can help.
My car only has steel wheels and the tyres are 185*65*15. I have been offered a good deal on some second hand alloys with tyres 205*55*16 (which the owners manual says is suitable). I need 2 new tyres for my MOT next week, and these 4 wheels will only be £20 over the cost of 2 new tyres. However the alloys come from an Alfa 166. Im pretty sure a dealer would tell me not to bother trying to fit them as it is the wrong part number. But from what I can tell these wheels should fit fine. Is this true? Would these wheels be worth a punt? Are they going to be too heavy and unbalance the car, or too large to attach?
Secondly although the car has done 100,000 miles with no major problems, Im not sure that the timing belt has been changed. The car has been serviced every year but only at the 12k, 36k, 60k, and 96k marks. There is no mention of timing belts in any of the details I have or any reciepts, and only the 1st three services were done by an Alfa garage. Would they have replaced the belts early at 60k miles? If not Im planning on getting the belts done as soon as it has passed its MOT, as the whole thing could pack up any moment.
Finally. The paint is pretty rubbish -> My previous car a 10 year old Seat had a better finish. What I mean is there are very small bits (roughly half the size of a golf tee) of the bodywork (usually around the panel edges) where the paint is just dissapearing. I have thought about touching it up myself but I am not great with patience, and a new paintless patches seems to appear every month. Is there any solution for this? --> I know these are not scratches as I have 1 or 2 scratches aswell. I am reluctant to get in a SMART repairer as they would charge a fortune for 20 - 30 repairs, and then I would need them back again next month.
All assistance would be welcome.