Just bought this V6 156 and am a bit concerned about the running temperatures it gets to. It gets to 90 degrees in no time at all and then hovers up and down between this and the next line (3/4's).
Is this normal? On close inspection the rad looks like it's seen better days, but it doesn't loose coolant. Anyone else have the same problem?
My 155 V6 gets a bit scary at times. The Rad sounds like it may be at fault. Can you hear the fan coming on? Had the fuse blow on mine a while ago whilst in traffic If you're worried put the heating on full blast to the cabin, not really what you want in this weather but it helps.
Check the coolant strength, it does make a difference. Check for any airlocks etc..........but after all that, the V6's do seem to run hot, certainly hotter than my Twinspark.
Welcome to AO firstly.
I have a 156GTA and it does exactly the same thing. Having owned a few V6 Alfa's getting to 90 deg quickly is normal and the gauge hovering between 90deg and nearly to the next graduation with all the fans blurring is common for the 3.0L versions.
As long as the fans come on just after the temp goes over 90 deg, i believe is nothing to worry about.
Funny that as my 156 V6 takes about 6 miles of driving before it gets anywhere near 90 deg. It does seem to warm up very slowly. Then it hovers around 90 and the fans cut in and out depending on whether i am in traffic or not.
There is a section on 156 cooling on www.alfa156.net which suggests that the slow warm up and hovering at 90 deg is normal. Personally speaking I think my car should warm up alot quicker and may changes the thermostat soon as a matter of course. Perhaps you should do the same and see if there is any change.
My 156 is my 7th Alafa and all of them from gtv's through a couple of Juniors, a 155 Silverstone (bought for the sole reason that that is my surname!)have done exactly the same thing......Italian electrics mate....resistance tolerances of wiring etc etc. If it's any consolation I just gave back a borrowed 308 gtb Ferrari and you could tell how fast you were going by how bright the headlights got!!!