OK! I've just about had it with Alfa and Romeo!!! (Notice that I said "just about"...)
During the past weekend, I was driving my Bella around the streets and corners (yes, we particularly like the corners) and all of a sudden there was a loud "Pooph" sound from under the bonnet and then the car started sounding liek a tractor engine!
First thing I did, was pull over and pop the hood and didn't notice anything strange at first; so I drove home with the tractor-sounding engine. When I got home I was so fuc*ed off that I chose to take a peak UNDER
the engine bay:
ah, bol*ox!!! The second section of the exhaust manifold had broken loose! All this during my last week in Belgium and preparing to drive down to Greece on Friday!
Anyway, this morning (Monday) I drove her slowly (but loudly) to the dealer and told them the story. Result is that they have to order to parts required and just the parts (without labour) are going to cost me a little under 1,600 Euro
From the below diagram, the parts that need replacing is the whole of part 3 as it has been broken off from the above fixings... The dealer reckons that they can salvage part 1 as the fixing area isn't tha badly damaged. (Oooooh, so there is a good point).
The best is yet to come though. Having already fitted my SuperSpint centre section (second picture), I'm going to order the complete Supersprint exhaust manifold when it becomes commercially available (third picture)...
((BTW, the first diagram is taken from the Alfa Romeo 147 WorkShop CD. A copy can be downloaded from my website for anyone that is interedted))
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