I was driving down a dual carriageway the other day and got stuck behind a taxi who insisted on sitting in the outside lane at a steady 55 MPH. Eventually, he pulls in, I drop my car into 4th to go past and I hear this rattling noise coming from what I thought at first was the Taxi.
It was on only when I felt a "jolt" and a sudden drop-off in power that I realised it was in fact my 156 that was rattling!!
I pulled over and the car sounded like a bag of hammers. Now I've been keeping my eye on the oil level since I got the car a couple of months ago and it's been using quite a bit. I thought nothing of it as I used to own a 155 V6 and that liked it's oil too.
I've taken tha car to an independant Alfa specialist who confirmed my worst fears. It's looking like the bottom end's shot and needs a rebuild.
At this point I just can't believe my luck!! Only had the car for a couple of months, it's got a full alfa service history and had a new timing belt so I can't understand how this could happen!!
Maybe there was an underlying problem when I bought the car??
At any rate, it's getting a rebuild but I've been told a complete rebuild will cost around £1500.
I just hope when I get it back in a couple of weeks, it's going to be OK.
Does anybody have any advice regarding engine rebuilds of the 2.0 Twin Spark motor?