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El cheapo 156 V6 needs some work

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I've just bought a '99 156 V6 for 750, my first Alfa. It runs well, the sound & acceleration with WOT in 4th gear from 3500rpm is something else! The bodywork is scruffy with light scratches all over, but it might polish up to look OK. It would have been a nice car in its day, black with red leather and a sunroof, somebody's pride & joy.

Of course there are problems...
CV Joint
There is a severe knocking noise from the LHF wheel area when driving in LH turns. It starts as a clicking noise just off centre and increases to a hammering sound more lock. Knocking is in time with wheel rotations. I'm guessing it needs an outer CV joint. Any recommendations of where to find a cheap pattern part?

The starter motor makes a high pitched whine, but it cranks OK. I have a second hand one which I'll fit next week.

The Alpine radio has lost its code. It's not in any of the paperwork, and the guy I bought it off say that, as the car was imported from Holland, UK Alfa dealers can't help. I see that an e-bayer is offering to decode these by return post, has anybody any experience of this?

The remote locking button is knackered. Any ideas how to get an new key and program it?

Cam belt
There's no definitive history of the cam belt ever having been replaced(in 90k). It looks like about 200 for a belt kit plus 50 odd for a cam lock tool, this starts to get near to half the value of the car, so I'm considering driving it 'til it breaks... Do the V6 belts snap as regularly as the Twin Sparks'? Do they bend valves? Is it an easy enough job to change the belt at home?

Can't wait to start using the car, it's very likable...
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try http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/ice-a...-ask-here.html to get your radio code ...

... as for the cambelt, you have to offset what the car is worth and it's cost ... (buying a car for 750 you ARE going to need to spend a couple of quid on it) ...
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I would say get a second hand driveshaft from a breaker. I got a 2nd hand a driveshaft from AutoLusso fitted when I had my diff done, they had a pile of them. AutoLusso - Quality Alfa Romeo Servicing and Repairs

As for the keys, PM 'Chris' on here, he refurbs keys by return post, he doesn't charge much. As for the cambelt, you could drive it til it breaks, then strip the rest of the car for bits and probably get your money back. But we'd never forgive you, bangernomics shouldn't apply to Alfas

Get the belt changed and she'll see you right for another 5 years. They don't break the belts too regularly, more often than not its a tensioner than goes, but they will wreck most of the valves when they do go, and with two head gaskets etc it is a costly rebuild, over a grand in bits alone at dealer prices.

Bin the radio, they're naff anyway. Putting an aftermarket one in mine much improved the sound quality vs the Alpine CD player it came fitted with. I got one that reads MP3s off a USB stick for fifty quid and its very handy.

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the cost of replacing the cambelt is cheaper than the cost of replacing the car so get it replaced and you will have a good reliable car
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