Have I done the right thing?? Oil leak and long service intervals!!
I have loved Alfa Romeo cars since I saw a beautiful Spider in a carpark in Meltham, Huddersfield. I bought a 1996 spider then had to sell it due to losing my job. Now I'm back on my feet I have purchased a 2004 Alfa 156 1.6 Tspark. I saw it on ebay and it was really well priced. I instantly fell in love with it and bought it. When I got it home, my friends and I decided to go to Newquay in it (from Huddersfield) a 1000 mile round trip. The car had been serviced at 5000 miles in 2005 and hadn't had one since! Whilst on my way back from Newquay the oil pressure light came on when I braked heavily or went round a corner. I got it back home, topped up the oil and it seemed to run ok. I have had it serviced and it seems to run beautifully!! Lots of power for a 1.6 engine. The issues are, my sump seems to have a leak from around the sealant, the car has never had a cambelt service in it's life. It's done 21500 miles now but I'm sure it will need one and it didn't have a service for 4 years of it's life apparently due to low usage. Oh yeah and the aircon pipe leaks into the passenger footwell. I'm not sure whether to just send it back??
I love the car and the sump leak may be due to it bottoming out on a petrol station forecourt recently but I'm just worried now. My 9 year old Polo doesn't cause half as many issues as this beast has done in the last few weeks of new ownership.
It seems to be running well apart from the oil leak. Should I worry?? Any advice on the oil leak front?? there are no visible cracks in the sump. When the garage serviced it, he did say that there wasn't much oil in it at all.
I feel I may have bought a nightmare car!!