Hi, PLEASE HELP ME ! URGENT !
i bought used alfa and i do have a problem with engine light and white smoke from exhaust.
i dont know how to explain it better so i just write a story how everything happened as i drove it only couple of times and its my first car.
on may 2nd i went to "route3cars" in lincoln and saw this lovely
2005 06 reg alfa 156 jtd m-jet 16v 150bhp
it had few problems as it seemed to me from first look as i dont understand anything about cars:
engine light was on and the computer was writing engine oil level too low.
the sales guy said thats nothing to worry about and promised to fix everything within couple days if i pay full price and ask no discount. so i left deposit and waited them to fix it plus change oil and oil filter just in case.
i rang him up after few days and he was delaying the pick up to few more days as he didnt get delivered the parts yet. this way it took until 18th of april (3 weeks) when i picked it up as he said had to do some extras: change the wiring for the computer (said alfa specialist had to come up and do it as he didnt have tools or smth like that), new level sensor fitted, management lights checked and corrected - thats what he told me.
as i dont really understand about cars alot i paid the 2900quid and drove off the car. the car seemed ok, just i noticed alot white smoke from exhaust (friend said might be cause of humidity in exhaust pipe). it driving ok and i enjoyed until started driving around 60mph on motorway on 5 and later 6th gear i noticed some sound, muted music and it was some noise from below the car. i checked the dashboard and it showed engine light again. i stopped by petrol station as didnt wanted to risk breaking down on road, left there my car for ~9hours as my mate picked me up to work (i was first time on my way to work with new car and didnt even make half way).
anyways i came back there after 9 hours, started car, still was alot white smoke coming from exhaust and engine light on. i drove back home with it going up to 4th gear and max 50mph. didnt notice any noises, just alot white smoke from exhaust earlier, but when i parked by home there was no more smoke ( i didnt rev it, but before when i rev it more smoke was coming out). could anyone suggest me what to do ?
dealer gave me warranty 1month or 1000miles for major parts as he said.
the website is Route 3 Cars- Autoweb
- it looks like normal dealer but i didnt ask before if i can return the car and ask for money back withing week or so like most of dealers do. just the warranty all they give me. what should i do as im so confused and nervous - hope there is no major problem as i spent all my savings on this lovely car, plus the insurance which is pay mothly tesco for this car only - (wish these alfas didnt look so nice, maybe i would think with my brain then instead of heart). i think i can cancel insurance withing 14 first days if theres major problem with car and dealer give me cashback. but he already send the car registration documents and theres my name on new keepers list which he gave me...
so i dont think they give me money back and i just have the car which will need repairing abviously.
the previous owner sold it to them after breakdown - spent 840quid for parts and work and it says:
a3.1600 camshaft followers/hydraulic tappets (all) including timing belt and tensioner and aux belt.
parts they used.
timing belt kit (100quid), aux belt (16quid), camshaft housing gasket (12quid), cam/valve roller rocker (12quid)
and customer note which i saw only today after throughoutly checking all paperwork: gear selection is faulty, air flow meter/temp sensor faulty (starting and running issues) various knocking noises from suspension, info display showing no oil but level ok.
Please help me what should i do ? i dont want to suicide yet as im only in my early twenties..
Just checked again if theres still alot smoke coming from exhaust and i didnt see any coming at all. i checked around engine and on the right side where is big pipe i think thats turbo pipe coming near one connection is 2 big jubilee clipses and where is another connection closer to the headlights there is broken plastic cable tie only ( was cut off maybe ). could it be cause of connection not sealed properly the engine light on ?
i need to take a rest as i didnt sleep already nearly 24 hours and go straight to the garage.. please if you - alfa owners know anything possible whats causing that light to appear and make the noise when i drive it over 60mph give me any sugestions what to tell at garage as they are so useless and probably will take the car, leave it to stay for a week and then give it back to me in same condition without repairing. im thinking to go to other garage not where i bought the car before that they check it but maybe someone already had similiar problems and i could save some money without going there as im literally broke
sorry for writing so much i hope i dont write nonsense.
will appreciate any help!