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I'm new to the forum but would cheekily like to ask for some advice.

I've just got hold of a 156 1.9JTD and being non technical felt it probably best to take it in for a service and see whats wrong with it (knocks etc)

anyway the list of offending items are:

Air filter houing insecure
O/S front top suspension arm ball joint worn
O/S front lower suspension rear arm bush worn
N/S front droplink worn
Front and rear corroded brake discs (I will fix this first, for obvious reasons)
N&O/S rear suspension tie bar bushes worn.

This seems like quite a lot of work, and feels like it might be expensive. I was hoping someone might be able to let me know which bits to do first, give me an idea how much I might end up paying a garage to do it. Also, how likely is it that it will kill me in the meantime?!

Sorry for a first post like this, but I would really appreciate any help I can get.

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If you can't do this work yourself it could become costly, look the parts up on europarts or eBay it should give you a rough idea, I changed all suspention parts on my 156 and the car still knocks and bangs, all what I got to do now is the ARB, suspention on the 156 is its weakest point, good luck
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Fix the brakes first. Any vaguely competent mechanical mate will be able to show you what to do. New pads and disks on the front take about 30 minutes a side and are very easy. Rears a little more fiddly, but if you have a caliper windback tool, again very easy. Getting a garage to do it? Between 250 and 500. This job always costs a fortune at garages. Don't know why.

Suspension - a bit harder. The drop link is easy and the part costs 15 or so. The upper arm is pretty easy, and from memory, the part costs about 70 for genuine, less for pattern. The lower arm can be a complete b'stard to replace, and costs about 120 or so. The rear arms are easy, about 20 each. The only downside is the rear hub locating bolt, which can be another b'stard, there are several threads on here....

As you have to get the suspension reset after fiddling with it, best to get all of the suspension jobs done at the same time. You're looking at a grand or so to get all this done (both sides) at a specialist, might be cheaper at your end of the country.

Air filter - as long as it is not leaking air, and won't fall onto the road, fix at your leisure.

I'm winging it on the parts prices, I did most of these jobs a year ago. Shop4parts is a good source of parts prices.
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Get a good alfa indie to look at it..I got all new bushings and wishbones fitted on the front and rear anti roll bar bushings for 350 all in.Those are non OEM ebay parts,properly fitted and greased before going in(very important that!)Thorny subject with many people on here,but I've put 15k on them with no problems so far.Rear pads and discs were maybe 160 in fast fit.Try a UK company called MTEC for your brake discs and pads.(they do some really cool drilled and grooved jobbies for cheap) and get a quote for the labor only.Most Independents over here charge around 50/60 an hour labor,so shouldn't cost too much in the end.Good luck anyway..
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As far as parts go, EB Spares are a great supplier, better than ebay Alfa Romeo Parts and Alfa Romeo Spares from EB Spares - Specialist Alfa Parts Dealers
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