I've just purchased a 156 Sportwagon 2000 (X plate) 2.0 Selespeed with 56k on the clock. It drives like a dream and I love it even though our relationship is only a day old.
However, I get the distinct impression it has not been looked after.
Couple of things to note, please let me know your thoughts! I'm a learner when it comes to mechanics and this is my first Alfa...
1) Air vents, when directed at the windscreen the airflow is fine. When directed at feet, again airflow is strong. No matter what I do I can't get the air to flow through the front vents??? Is the switch bust? Is the mechanism jammed somehow?
2) Engine temps. Steady driving I get 70 - 90ish. Idling and temp rises a bit higher and so far I don't seem to have had any fans cutting in... How high should the temp be before the fan starts? What could be stopping it? I've checked oil, coolant everything seems fine though the coolant tank seems a little high and the coolant isn't the usual blue I'd expect - maybe last owner just filled it with water? How do I go about flushing the system and refilling coolant? Please be detailed cos I'm a bit thick
3) Gear change backlight (on the rev counter) It doesn't work and it's a bit annoying when everything else is ok, how hard is it to replace and how do I do it?
4) Alarm system. It just doesn't seem to work. The key will lock the car, but no indicator blinks and no dash led, what do I need to look for?
5) Cosmetic and not of the greatest importance, I'd like to change the wheels at some point, I have the dial 16" which would be fin if the last owner hadn't used acid and a brillo pad to clean them!
Should I recondition? Or just go for the GTA dial style, I think they'd look very nice...
It's fairly obvious that it's in need of a service soon (60 according to schedule though I'll try to get it done sooner) and I need to save some pennies to pay for it
Should I go to an approved dealer/specialist? Or should I leave it in the capable hands of a trusted mechanic who has looked after my cars for years now? I'm in Cambridgshire if that helps...
Thanks in advance everybody!