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Should I give up? - Alfa 156 2.5 V6

Joined the ranks of Alfa Owners in this summer when I was entraped by the looks of a '98 156 2.5 V6. But since then, the car has been at the garage for about a third of the time and whilst a lot of the bills have been covered by the second hand warranty, I have still had to fork out about a grand.

Just wondering whether to sell the car and move on (thinking nice Japanese car) or try and grin and bear it?

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1) Water pump failed - replaced
2) Radiator was in poor condition and replaced same time
3) Power Assisted Steering failed - pipes were cracked and replaced
4) Climate control heater broke - fixed
5) Air Flow Meter replaced as car suddenly started to lose power
6) Cam belt which had been replaced as part of the purchase deal service failed - All 24 valves crushed and had to be replaced (luckily this one was on warranty!)

And now, front suspension is starting to squeak badly - guessing upper wishbones need replacing!!!

Is there anything else that is going to happen and should I just patch the car up and move on? Do I have a dud?

Any thoughts would be great as love the way she drives but she doesn't seem to drive very often - been on more trains/buses in the last 6 months than for several years!
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Re: Should I give up? - Alfa 156 2.5 V6

Jeesh sorry to hear your problems Sounds like you picked a wrong one, i have had no major problems with mine (touch wood) and without doubt my next car will be an Alfa (mayby a secondhand GT in a couple of years ) Two ways of looking at it i guess, sell it on knowing someone will be getting a great 156 v6 thats had all the work done by yourself at some of your expense or enjoy it once it's up and running. I would personally go for the latter option. Good luck either way!
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Re: Should I give up? - Alfa 156 2.5 V6

Sorry to hear about the problem too

I would agree with Bomber on this one - you have invested the money now, at least reap some of the benefit, rather than forking out for someone else's benefit.

Good luck with it. Once you are behind that wheel, it will be worth all that effort
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Re: Should I give up? - Alfa 156 2.5 V6

keep it.once you have sorted the suspension,with better quality bushes,you should have a very good car.the radiator,and waterpumps,are something that goes on them in time,the valve damage seems like they only changed the belts,not the bearings or they did a !!!!ty job or just lied to you when they found out how biggar job it would be.the maf,they play up sooner or later on any car
when buying 2nd hand i always look for history that shows what parts have been replaced,not just the serviced history.enjoy,or whoever you sell to will.
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Re: Should I give up? - Alfa 156 2.5 V6

Sorry to hear about your problems. However it seems that it were all the big things that can go wrong with a 156 and now they're all fixed. Strange thing about the servo pipes thought, I thought they was replaced through a recall from Alfa. the upper suspension arms are relatively cheap something like 28 and one hour of labour per side. Keep the car I'd say
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Re: Should I give up? - Alfa 156 2.5 V6

Cheers guys - I think I will probably keep going for a while! Hopefully coming to the end of the expensive stuff!

BTW, Just been quoted 350 for having the upper arms replaced by an Alfa Specialist - Does this sound reasonable? I am sure the actual Alfa dealer mentioned something around the 250 mark when speaking with them about the potential problem a few months ago but rang them earlier today and they haven't got back to me yet with a proper quote.
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Re: Should I give up? - Alfa 156 2.5 V6

You've had some of the well known problems.

The cambelt was preventable.

The power steering one was preventable.

The MAF is a WELL known problem area. The squeaky suspension means you have to replace the two upper front wishbones, or get replacement bushes. The bushes wear with age. They aren't expensive parts. Everyone gets this eventually.

Hang in there.
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Re: Should I give up? - Alfa 156 2.5 V6

Bearing in mind that shop4parts sell genuine upper arms for 23.49+vat that means you would be paying nearly 300 in labour!!! Sounds very expensive. Hoygaard thought about 1 hour labour per side so they at that rate they are earning 150 an hour and I bet that is +vat.

I've got new upper arms sat in my garage just waiting for a sunny day so I can do it myself.
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