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(2001) 156 2.0 TS Exhaust and Catalytic problems


2 months ago I bought a 156 2.0 TS (2001). First time it seemed like a reliable car, but things started to change. Had a "little" problem with the suspension and needed new thick oil, which was around 350. Now the steering makes some funny noise when the engine is cold, sounds like there is SAND in it, but this is nothing serious yet. Last night my exhaust "blown up" right when i drove over a speed bump. I dont know if it has anything to do with it as the music was on...but i could hear something wasnt right with the exhaust. I took it to kwik fit(thinking its nothing serious) and they told me it would need new rear and middle exhaust pipe or box and a new catalytic. First they said 650 and after they can "knock off" 110, so now its 540.
Since this exhaust problem, when i rev it and it goes down from above 2000rpm, it will stop and stay on 1500rpm for about 1-2 sec by itself!!

Do you guys think it is the right price and if so how come they can give me a cheaper price 5mins later?!

Also what else should i expect?? or tell them to check out..

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The noisey powersteering is probrably due to old fluid, i had a grinding sound a few years ago and decided to change the fluid first, immediately after the steering was quiet and still is.
I wouldn't put thick oil in the twinspark ie 10w/60 as it may cause more problems than it solves (check breather pipe and see).
A good 5w/40 synthetic oil should improve things, also when i replaced some parts of the exhaust system it worked out more economical to buy the parts from say ( e.b spares) or the like and get my local garage to fit them.
I had a new back box and mid pipe replaced inc fitting for about 160, they also fitted my silenced s/s de-cat.
Best to shop around, Kwik fit are not the cheapest for exhausts or Tyres and probrably not the most competent either.
You need to keep on top of these cars but in the long run they don't work out any more expensive than their german rivals.

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I'd avoid kwik-fit altogether. Seems a lot of AO'ers have had very poor experiences with them
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thats bs apart from a local garage, kwick fit is better than any alfa garage
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thats bs apart from a local garage, kwick fit is better than any alfa garage

I don't think many people would share that opinion.........tho a good independent is the normal recommendation
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