Hey up guys, first post; though I've been a frequent watcher for a while. I've had my black '58 Collezione for about 2 years now and have gone through the ups and the downs of owning an Alfa with it. I've been tempted to get rid because of silly little things that annoy me but at the same time there's something so sexy about the 147, when it's clean... which reminds me!
I've decided that I'm going to have a go at fixing all my little niggles -thankfully nothing too extreme- and take it from there. Seeing as it's the JTDM (or JTD I don't know... don't know the difference either), and under 45k there ought to be plenty of life left in her yet if I can get her to stop annoying me everytime I set foot inside.
Alas, I absolutely hate
the colour scheme of centre console; chrome wing mirrors because it's a Collezione then little bits of chrome here and there (gearknob gaitor surround, handbrake button, glove box handle, door handles, and bits on the heater vents) with a standard black dashboard then the absolute GOD AWFUL dull
matte grey (that I'm guessing is supposedly "silver") centre console and down to the gear surround. I appreciate chrome would've been way over the top but really... someone at Alfa must've realised that a simple black would've looked nicer and tied with the dash?! So, considered spraying it black but thought it might not look all that great - a lot of scope to go wrong with spraying it black I figured - might be too shiney or not shiney enough and just look crap... so opted for carbon fibre vinyl
, now, I appreciate it can look chavvy when some of the kids get crazy with it but I'm only thinking of doing little parts and I think the black look rather than silver will look alright vs. the black dash. I hope so anyway!
Another thing that annoys me no-end, and again it's the colour scheme, is the door cards. They look like this
, other than colour is cream and the fabric part is leather to match my seats. I've had a look around to see if it's possible but came up empty-handed: I'm interested in getting other door cards which don't have the two-tone effect and being able to separate the bottom part and matching it up with the leather part and the top part of my own... to make it look like this
as I'd like to install my Alpine Type R's throughout (been under the bed for the duration of the time I've had the Alfa, since being removed from my Astra).
This adds to my next point, though back to the centre console; I'm wondering whether I'd need different cabling etc. to install this
rather than the one that I have
? The cupholder shall be getting removed and putting a double din in; the cupholder ****es me off anyway because I put a coffee in there and unfortunately the build quality being as it is, it shakes and spills the lid usually makes a squeaking noise against the stereo... so that'll be going. Also... tempted
to remove the armrest, though I haven't made my mind up about that -- I assume that it would just pop/ click out?
A very quick other thing that I'm going to do is plasti-dip the alloys; I think the Collezione ones are lovely... though the athricite (spelling??) just will NOT stay clean. So, going to give them a blast of black and see how they look... if it turns out to be horrid then I can always remove it.
So, that's my own little nit-picking things with the cosmetics...
I also have an intermittent beeping and fault registering of "NUMBER PLATE LIGHT FAILURE". I've had a look around on Google and seen that I'm not alone; I had a play with the light and it appears loose-ish, as in the housing itself then tried to get it out so I could see if there's maybe a little clip that's snapped and making it rattle or what-not but couldn't get it out. It looks like it's so easy, just stick a screwdriver in and pop it out but that wasn't working, or atleast without taking the paintwork from the bumper first, so I stopped. Any advice on how to properly remove the housing for the number plate light would be very very much appreciated because the random beeping of sometimes 3 or 4 times within a minute has driven me to the brink!
The only thing's I've contemplated for performance I'd considered was getting it remapped and getting an K&N filter put in; I had looked at Angel-Tuning and thought that they seemed decent. Unfortunately, it just doesn't have much "oomph" through the revs, but then as an 8v diesel I'm not expecting the world. According to Angel (on their chart on the website) they can get it from 120 BHP (I think that's what they're meaning by "Power") up +40, and +60 lb/ft. This would be quite a welcome addition, living in Cornwall and getting stuck behind tractors and a line-up of cars until it opens up on a hill. I'm also in the military and they do 15% off so rather than £310 for their "Bronze" package I'd be getting £45 off and the price of a remap alone is £275 so I'd be getting the filter done for free.
I'm just wondering what the 1.9 8v remapped would be like and what to expect? I mean, the 8v is obviously giving me decent fuel eco at the moment and they say that getting a remap should increase it when driven reasonable, I'm just wondering how true this is or if they're just throwing it out there as a sales pitch? Also, the DPF removal that they go on about... is it work it? I mean, really worth it? I do a fair amount of motorway miles driving back up to Glasgow, so if it makes the throughput "cleaner" and thus more efficient would it make it worthwhile for letting it breathe and potentially better mpg?
Wow, that was a long first post... Got started and couldn't stop! Anyway, it's good to finally get my first post out there... any help for a newbie would be great!