I know I said I was retiring my 156 V6 after an enjoyable winter, but its still sitting here and looking bright and shiny and...well I miss it! Yes I know, you have heard it all before! And I said I would never be seen dead with an Alfa, and now I dont want to see it go...
Could it be got through another MOT I wonder, on a budget?
So I had a really good look at it on saturday, first time I have done so acutally, and here is my probable list!
Much to my surprise, underneath was pretty decent, the sills and wheel arches are like new as is most of the floorpan - some peeling factory coating, but can be caught in time with a good rubdown and re-underseal. There is a bill in the history file for welding, but strangely it seems to be have been a patch right in the middle of one of the floor pans - its well done and still sound.
1 rear grumbly wheelbearing
Probable usual front suspension wishbones etc! There are some knocks but its not too bad, and one potential purchaser (clearly a dealer) said it drove really well for a 156.
The engine is superb, and never fails to start or delight! But its not very user friendly for DIY! (How do you get to the rear plugs???? and the oil filter...)
My big worry though is the starter - it works fine but its wheezy, and according to this site, a real disaster to replace.
I am reasonable handy with a socket set, and wonder how realistic it is to tackle the suspension and starter issues, and really if on a budget its worth trying for another year with it? A worshop manual would be handy, but there dont seem to be any.
Any thoughts from the experts on here gratefuly received, and sorry for the long post!