Alfa 156 2.0 TS - thermostat and bad starting too :)
New and temporary Alfa driver, X-reg 156 2.0 Twin Spark, LPG conversion, blue, 114,000 miles. No idea on service history.
The car is certainly not well and I'm looking for any advice on whether these issues are easy fixes or something more expensive. I'm hoping to not be driving the car for long (my other car is having an engine recon/rebuild done and this is a temporary run around) and don't fancy spending loads on it unless needed.
1st off - I think the thermostat is sticking. It takes an age to warm up, usually showing 50-60 on the dash, and if it does rise to 90 or so it tends to go a little over 90 and the engine fans come on. The 90+ temps don't seem speed dependent, as I've seen this occur on my long daily runs (30miles and return) and on shorter city trips. Are these a cheap part to source and are they easy enough to replace?
2nd - the car is a very intermittent starter. I am guessing a sticky starter motor, as it 99% starts fine when cold, but once warm it can turn over and over but will not start the engine. It is turning the engine over as if you lift the clutch a little it pulls the car forward, it just won't start the engine - a bump start will work (jump start makes no difference) 100% of the time.
3rd - LPG is running very badly. No idea on the system fitted or by whom, but the car is very jerky on LPG and is very down on power vs petrol. This is bad enough that any time you may need a little go you have to switch to petrol as the LPG just can't hack it. Probably not the right forum to ask on this, but figured I'd throw it in the melting pot!
4th and last - the petrol fuel gauge is very dubious. It can show the light for a few miles, then move up and be accurate, or it can move up to accurate instantly. LPG kind of does this too but that has a seperate LED gauge on the centre console and is unlikely to be related to the petrol gauge issue.
Anyhow, aside from that it isn't a bad car to drive! It's not exactly been treated well and is missing a few bits of interior trim, covered in cigarette ash (which I will likely hoover out if I'm keeping it for much longer)...
Any advice or suggestions welcome!