hi everyone i haven't been here for a while - i've missed you all
i had all sorts of problems with my utterly beautiful 156 about a year ago. enormous amounts of black smoke, which it transpired was actually soot, was pouring out of the exhaust, with no power at revs <2,000 rpm. diagnosis: it needed a new EGR valve. i ordered but didn't receive it for about 6 weeks, during which time i didn't drive it. eventually the new valve arrived and was fitted. result: same problem
after much investigation by an ex Alfa fitter, a hole was found in one of the pipes deep in the engine block. the pipe was replaced. result: i now owned a rocket ship!
when i bought the car, the person i bought it from advised that i always use official Alfa oil. he said a friend of his used decent enough quality but not Alfa oil and his turbo failed. believing this to be good advice, i mentioned this to one of the mechanics i use. he said it was highly unlikely that the oil was to blame. sometime later the car was serviced, and the garage used good quality but not Alfa oil. last week white smoke started pouring out of the car, the power went and i noticed it was using a lot of oil. i topped it up with high quality but not Alfa oil. i took it back to the garage and yesterday they announced the turbo was goosed
so i have two questions. does anybody think using non-Alfa oil was the cause of the turbo failure? if so it was a seriously false economy to buy oil for £25 instead of Alfa Selina for c£50
secondly, the quotes for a reconditioned turbo are around the £650 mark. does this sound right? does anyone know anywhere i could get one reconditioned cheaper, or even find a new one for less? and do any of you have experience with reconditioned turbos? am i making a similar mistake to the oil false economy by getting mine reconditioned when a brand new one may only be about £150 more?
thanks everyone in advance - i ADORE my Alfa but this is starting to look like an expensive scenario and i've just left my job! bad timing all round perhaps...