Recently in for small maintanence so I thought I have a chat with the guy there about a couple of issues I have:
Q. I have a VERY annoying sqeek when accelerating coming from the driver's side of the dashboard, as if I am opening a rusty old door.
A. Yes that was a problem with 156 prior to Y reg. It was due to the foam used between the windscreen and the dash. It can be fixed and can be addressed by accessing it via the dashboard or removing the windscreen. It depends on how much ££ you want to spend.
AA. The problem actually appeared after 1st service with this garage when you needed to remove the dash for some work you had to carry out. Anyway, it is good to know it can be fixed and you know of the prob.
Q. I seem to get a high fuel consumption, almost never get above 250m before fuel light comes on. Pushing it I can reach 300-310 and have another 6litres in the tank. Is that normal ?
A. Well you should be able to get 350-400 miles.
AA. I wish.
Q. My airconditioning lately has been generating a high-pitch noice. I had it looked at some time ago and you said it was a leaf caught in the vents. That was not the case as it never went away. I also asked you to check its performance as I was not getting very cold air coming through. You said you checked it and the temperature was right when you checked it at the unit. Could it be the unit going?
Q. On the stereo that came with the car (Sony) I seem to have a very loose button, in specific number#1 on the numbers pad, which rattles like crazy....
A. Nothing you can do really on that... except replace the stereo.
Q. The clutch has also been getting very tight, could you loosen it a bit ?
A. (after having a look)... well it seems that you will need to change the clutch to do this. Cost: £700.00 (parts+labour+vat)