MOT - pass! no
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: United Kingdom
Did i buy my worst nightmare ? 156jtd
I bought a 2005 06 reg alfa 156 jtd mjet 16v 150bhp.
first day of use on my way to work i noticed quite alot of white / grey smoke coming out of exhaust.
after doing like 18miles of journey on motorway i hit over 60mph, and notice strange noise from below of the car. it happened on 5th or 6th gear. when i tried 6th gear it dropped rpm and i had to lower gear. the engine light stays on (when i bought the car they supposed to fix the engine light and said its just a minor fault which will be in past after changing some part which cost ~50quid). the car stayed still about 9hours and then i turn it on and light is still on. i drove it back home up to 50mph and it seemed ok, no noise, but i drove only up to 4th gear, and noticed that it lost power on low rpm and after 3000rmp it just shoots like rocket.
i write down the service history as i dont understand anything about cars maybe some of you could tell me the possible problems about this and maybe even how much it could cost me to repair ?
cambelt changed 09.08.08 67199
oil change, oil treatment, standard service, forte fuel system treatment, diesel treatment, forte engine treatment,
oil filter, air filter, fuel filter, pollen filter,
spent on parts 121.55 pounds
all these were in original service and warranty booklet with no details only stamps, after this begins a4 paper type mot paperwork.
and theres advisory note which says
smoke test limit 3.0
1. 1.80 1/m
2. 1.15 1/m
3. 1.24 1/m
zero drift 0.00 1/m
mean value 1.40
turbo engine test passed
management light on
oil level low warning light on,
tyres worn out on inner edges
didnt pass MOT at first cause of lights needed adjustment, but on second try passed.
104691 miles no advisory notice
recovery, spent 310 for parts and 390 for labour
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.
and last mot which i dont know how it could pass like this
advisory note says
offside rear tyre work close to the legal limit
nearside and offside front upper suspension arm has slight play in a pin/bush
engine light on the dash
02/04/2012 i paid deposit at dealer as he promised theres nothing to worry about and the light can be easilly fixed and there are no problems with the engine or whatever.
they done at 113154 miles
change oil and oil filter,
new level sensor fitter ( i think they told that it was causing the light to appear and there are no other problems but this )
management lights checked and corrected ( i tihnk they just robbed me of money as it does show only when door is open and temperature. when i swich off the car and turn it on again it shows ALFA ROMEO, then checking, then date again 01/jan, when i use to set it every time it doesnt save after car goes off i have to set it again and again. when i press the button to show the average consumption it just shows ******* and i think it should be showing if the engine is on. did they just disconnect the wires ??? as they were suppose to fix that computer as it was showing engine oil level low, they even charged me for that. now i dont see engine oil level too low but all it shows is resseted date and temperature and when door is open... )
i am totally uselless with cars and i dont understand any single thing. if you could please tell me in simple words did i buy my worst nightmare?
what should i get fixed to sort out the problem with no power on low revs and quite loud sound on 5th and 6th gear dropping revs ? any ideas how much could it cost ?
i would appreciate even your guesses as i want to know my position in the best case or the worst case.