Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: I would rather not say
Re: 156 v6 coolant temp
That sounds fairly normal.
If the temp appears to drop (say to 80 deg) when you move off from traffic, e.g. clear motorway after long jam, there are two schools of thought:
(a) the Alfa gauge is setup to display temperature without the heavy averaging done in most cars
(b) [which I believe, as this only started to happen when my 'stat got stuck part way open] the stat and/or sender is borked and should be replaced
If you are worried, you could get the thermostat and also the temp sender replaced. These parts are "disposable" on most cars after 3-5 years (just like the MAF!). If your fuel consumption is getting worse for no obvious reason, it is probably worth doing the stat.