After a good few months of being unable to drive the alfa, due to the cost of insurance, a cambelt & variator, oil and filters etc change, MOT and tax all in one extra hard kick in the balls; and after shredding knuckles, banging my head and freezing my a*se off in a cramped garage, i finally managed to enjoy a hard earned hour or so of driving my shiny red 156! (2.0 TS)
I Let the engine warm up before driving the car for 45 mins or so on some local country roads - max 5000 revs at most. After letting the car sit at home for 15 mins or so, headed back out to the gym. This time driving on a duel carriageway for no more than 2 miles... I floored the car in 3rd and 4th while overtaking, and to my delight (not!), when backing off the throttle felt a vibration, that seemed to transmit through the pedals.I pulled off at the next junction and crawled into the gym car park at low revs, with the engine now rattling. The oil light flashed very briefly while pulling to a halt. Upon starting the car again to drive home, engine was still rattling/knocking when revved over 2000rpm so crawled home avoiding revving over 2000.
The car now sounds like a transit van with a knackered bottom end, also confirmed by a local mechanic (although not admittedly an alfa mechanic!!). After nearly breaking my foot on the newly refurbished (-£££) anthracite front wheel (lol!) and telling anyone that will listen,(to the obvious reply of... I TOLD YOU SO) how bad my stereotypical months in the garage, hour of driving alfa experience has been (first car). I though best to cool off and see if there is a solution to my troubles! You guys were very helpful when i needed advice with the cambelt change, so i thought id ask here first.
Im wondering if anyone can offer any hope of anything else being wrong with the car (!) and if not advise the cheapest course of action. Although the car is currently advertised on pistonheads ( Alfa Romeo : Excellent Condition 2.0 TS Veloce W/ all options, Needs Attention
). Im considering having a recon engine fitted (although at upwards of £900 after just spending close to £500 on a major service of the current engine, feels a bit like throwing more money away), or finding a decent second hand engine (anyone have one for sale?!) and swapping the belts, tensioners, filters and plugs, that have covered about 40 miles, over from my engine. Failing that... break the car to try and recoup some of my money before, dare i say, buying something german!
Any help greatly appreciated!