El cheapo 156 V6 needs some work
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...
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?
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...