Well went to see the TS, absolutely stunning. Loved it. Going to buy it tomorrow
Just a quick one. It has two keys, one key unlocks and locks the caer remotely and starts the car. But the other two doesnt remote lock the car. The buttons are all depressed, although it will start the car. Anyway to sort this out cheaply?
Also the main key, the battery is loose and trys to fall out.... anyway to fix this?
I recognise your name from the FIAT Forum :thumb:
I can't help much with the servicing information beyond recommending the original handbook - worth having
Keys - I fixed mine, both buttons were 'down' as you describe. I pried off the Alfa Romeo badge and undid the screw behind it, then popped the key apart. Surface-mount tact switches were floating around inside and just needed soldering back onto the circuit board - perfectly doable, just use a jeweller's screwdriver to hold the switch in place and re-solder (your solder will be stronger than the original surface-mount solder paste, so the problem will not reoccur). I used a heat gun to gently soften the key body which has the buttons moulded-in - that ensures the buttons pop 'up' and stay up. Battery holder - has a lock screw, check that is 'locked' - failing that, just use glue etc. to hold it in - can always take the key apart to replace the CR2032 coin cell if needed.
Selespeed - I like mine.
I think, like the V6, Selespeed is much-maligned. I'm coming to it from a Punto with CVT, so really, it's much more satisfying (the FIAT seems like a transport appliance by comparison). Selespeed is really like having a manual, but where you can have your cake and eat it too - change gear with your little finger - useful if eating/adjusting the radio/using a phone etc. Oh, that's illegal there isn't it... it becomes illegal here next month
Twin Spark - mine is a 2003 and so therefore misses out on the JTS for some unknown reason (today I saw a JTS made the day before my car). I don't know about the difference between TS and JTS - on paper, it looks a lot (the JTS has a much broader, flatter torque curve), but in reality, I'm really happy with my engine. I own three 164s with the 3L V6 and I've owned a 166 too, so I'm no stranger to the V6, but I deliberately chose the Twin Spark as a more economical engine that I could work on without huge expense and complexity.
I'm getting an average of 6.7L/100km which is 42mpg - beating my 1.2L Punto - so on that basis, I'm thrilled. It's just such a nice growl, so willing, and power is best described as 'sufficient'. Not stunning like the 3L V6, and doesn't make the same sound, but overall, I think we should all agree that both the TS and the V6 are great engines.