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Alfa 156 1.8TS Engine replacement? Options?


Our Alfa 156 1.8TS developed a terrble rattle last week and I took it to the local garage and they think it is more serious than previously thought. They replaced the Cam Variator which didn't stop it and they also checked the cam lifters and found that they were totally knakered and replaced them still with no luck. It is at the point now where I do not really want to spend much more on an engine that has done 120K miles and was wondering what options I have as far as engine swaps go?
I am guessing that a straight replacement is an easy option?

What about other engines such as the 2.5 V6 ?

Also, what happens as far as the ECU goes? does the ECU need swapping for the ECU with the new engine?

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Physically you can easily fit any of the TS 16v engines - 1.6, 1.8 and 2.0 being the standard ones available in UK (you don't say where you are). If fitting another 1.8, no problem, just retain your original ECU and it'll go straight in and run. If fitting a 1.6 or 2,0, best to use the replacement engines own ECU but you'll need to use the ignition key/barrel and code box that match the ECU.

Fitting the V6 isn't an economic proposition, really - need to replace engine/box/ driveshafts/gear linkage/ECU and all powertrain wiring. Its possible but I really wouldn't want to go there....

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