Is it normal to have this much go wrong
Hey i bought my 2001 147 1.6 ts with 52k on the clock only 6 weeks ago and so far its being a nightmare and is costing a me a fortune.
when i first got the car there was no problems apart from 2 bulbs needing replacing that i could see and i was assured from the person i bought it of it was in perfect working order.
1. 2 bulbs changed in the headlights, one on each side, after changing these the 2 headlights where full of mositure after a week.
I managed to fix this problem by removing the covers of the headlights at the back and blowing cold air into them using a hairdryer, when they where good i put silicone around the seals and they problem has not come back. But there is now stains on the inside of the glass from the moisture.
2. the reverse light stopped working, everytime i put the car into reverse it blow the fuse, i tried to fix myself and got it going again for about a day and then its back to blowing fuses again. I have since fixed this.
3.a trip to a highly rec. alfa specialist to have a look at my reverse light ended up costing me 848euro and the reverse light was not fixed.
He changed the timing belt, end idle pulley, tensioner, variator, and spark plugs.
He also reckoned the alternator belt will have to be done in the future.
The variator needed to be done but the last person to service it changed the timing belt without doing the end idle pulley or tensioner which where in pretty bad shape. The sparks where done because at some stage the engine was steam cleaned and the sparks where all rusted as result of the clean being done wrong.
he checked a few quick things on the reverse light but was unable to find anything and reckoned it was a short somewhere.
The was running great after getting all the other bits done to it.
4. two small things - the boot light doesn't work, changed the bulb but still not working, any ideas?
The jet of water that comes out of my rear windscreen washer is nothing more than a trickle, i have checked the line at back of the car and it looks good, i then checked the pump on the washer tank but not sure if i was looking at the right one, it was under the coolant tank and had two lines coming out of it, for all i know this was for the front washers. Any ideas on this? was i even looking at the right pump?
5. my front passenger and rear driver side indicators turned on constantly(they didn't flash just stayed on) the other day while driving around, after about an hour the front one went off, when i parked the car up i took the cables going into the rear lights out so i won't have a flat battery the next morning. Next morning neither of the two would work at all. i phoned up my specialist who told me to bring it into him, he hooked it up the a diagnostic computer which showed up 7 faults, all the where cleared but the 2 indicators would still not come on. He reckoned i need a new body kit computer(grey box connected onto the box with all the fuses on it, under the steering wheel) which i think is the same as the ECU, but i could be wrong.
He asked me remove the bodykit comp. from the car for 10mins when i got home just to be sure i did this and it made no difference but the reverse is working perfect now.
He's ordered me a new bodykit comp. he reckons its 250euro, but with fitting and programming the various codes it'll be 360euro. Which seems pretty good compared to some prices i've seen being charged in england.
6.when the car is above 60mph in 4th or 5th the engine noises changes, it is a loud huming noise, it'll be huming then quiet then huming again every few seconds, my specialist can't see anything wrong but will take it on a drive when i give it to next.
its not as bad since i got the variator done. The oil level was pretty low after 4 weeks of owning the car but topped it with 2.5ltrs of oil, is it possilbe this has anything tp do with it?
if it seems like the specialist is ripping me i doubt he is as has shown me all parts taken out of the car various other things so i do beleave he is trustworthy
i've being cursing this car but i still love it, have i just being unlucky with the problems, seems everybody gets these problems and i've being unlucky to get them all at the same time.
Any replies/ ideas are welcome