Fair comment mate, but I think if anyone is stupid enough to not know how to screw something in tight then they shouldn't even open the bonnet!
The car is booked in at Ital Auto's on Monday next week for a recon' 3.0 litre, spoke to Tony there, he seems like a good bloke and knows what he's talking about so I am happy with that! I'm not overly sure what differences to expect between a 2.5 and 3.0 V6 in the 156, but I'm sure they will be positive!
There's no major evidence of oil and coolant mixing, I have made a few recent short journeys and I have noted that there is some residue on the underside of the oil filler cap, but in such small quantities I would have expected this to be the norm to be honest?
It's a bit annyoing really as I have thrown loads of money at the car recently, a full respray, new cam covers and bolts and gaskets etc, radiator, thermostat, tyres, Koni shock absorbers and springs, upper strut brace on the front, new steering rack, new anti-roll bar and drop links, full cambelt service including metal impellor water pump, autodelta air intake pipe and filter, full stainless exhuast system and more! So I'm kind of obliged to keep it and not send it to the scrap heap! Oh and above all, it's an Alfa Romeo !!!
By the way, under my ownership it has never had a history of belt failure or overheating!
Alfa Romeo 156 3.0 V6 24v Lusso (2000)
Lancia Delta HF Turbo IE (1991) - Rust In Peace !