Lucky, or just underreported normality?
I joined these pages two years ago, when I bought my first Alfa. Everybody have heard about the struggles of being an Alfa owner, so I thought I should be prepared for future challenges.
I bought an Alfa 156 sportwagon 2004 model, with 130.000 km on the clock. Previous owner had taken good care of it, regulary (standard) services all followed. Nothing special in his 6 years ownership.
Today, the car is almost 9 old (feb. 2013). It has run 160.000 km, and still nothing is wrong.
-There has never been any electrical errors.
-The engine runs smoothly, always starts no-matter temperature outside (In Norway it has experienced below 30 degress celsius).
-It runs at 0.6 litre per 10 km on normal fine driving. (0,55 on the computer, found out to be approx. just below 10 % wrong.)
-It is damn pratical car for my use.
-In Norway it is very cheap to insure. Cost about just the same as my boring 1,6 litre Opel Ascona from 1986.
Things that has been necessary to something with.
-Two wheel bearings behind. Brake plates behind, and brake pads roundabout.
-Rear shock absorbers.
-And only once changed the suspension links (all 4), never the anti-roll bar bushes!
-The handbrake on these car are just weak in every sense of the word.
From my experience I have found that fully synthetic 5w-40 is the best oil. The engine runs most smoothly on this grade, and the use of oil (though much) is not really larger than thicker grades (Tried Mobil 1 5w-50 and other 5w-50 brands).
-So, I'm really impressed with the car, in any aspect. But, still waiting for the Alfa downside to come. Actually I think it won't.
-Am I lucky, or is my story more normal than most people would like to believe?
Last edited by Viesker; 15-12-12 at 00:47.