Join Date: Jan 2013
County: Languedoc Roussillon
Time to pay the piper!
So here we are then, 2 years on and i still have the 156 Sportswagon (1.9jtd M) i bought 2 years ago on a whim, and regretted on the first day.
It still has issues and they are being redressed as time allows, but with hindsight and a decent set of spanners owning one of these cars is not so much a challenge but a way of life.
I changed the upper and lower arms as the knocks and tyre wear were beyond a joke, the links and anti roll bar bushes.At the same time i tried to get the tracking done but the (French) garage said it was not possible as the rod ends were seized on the rack, and it would all need changing.Changed the rear o/s wheel bearing to quieten the humming which drowned out the wife complaining about speed etc.
Back in the UK for Christmas i had the wheels straightened and painted, 15 dings and bends by all accounts, which allowed the extremely expensive tyres to deflate with monotonous regularity.
Day to day the "*****" has been ok apart from rear wiper seized and the brakes getting tired.
In July i needed to get back to the UK in a hurry and from the Millau bridge to Calais dock, through Paris, I managed it in 8 hrs 13 minutes....(only 1 speeding fine at the Lille interchange) with a 32 mpg average.
All was forgiven, i promised the old cow i would look after her and replace whatever whenever in future. (no i have been married too long to fall into that one)!
She took it to heart unfortunately, because within 3 weeks of my return she disgraced herself by peeing all over the supermarket car park on our next visit. (we are still talking about the Alfa)!
Radiator...thank the lord so at least not too much of a problem.
Where i live it is hard not to go anywhere without climbing the side of a mountain or plunging back down again, so brakes are a must, in the event of "Philippe Flop" trundling his dying Clio out in front of me. Brakes on the new list were to be the next challenge.
So here we are today, new front discs and pads, rear discs and and pads, new radiator (waiting for delivery from, so far, the excellent Mr Auto), two new track ends, Headlamp bulb o/s, and repairing the damaged and paper thin undertray, which the local council uses instead of a road sweeper! Wash and polish the now tatty bodywork and try to sort out the gutlessness below 2,500 rpm (answer on a postcard please).
Watch this space because i'm sure it aint going to go according to plan!