Now driving a 156
2.5 V6 24v
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: United Kingdom
So then... What have I done to my Alfa today? Answer: Nothing! This is only because of the rain though... But in the last week I have tackled a plethora or jobs. Some to rectify problems and some purely for improvement. Firstly, in order to fix a dodgy reading on my temperature gauge (it was reading far too low); I have changed the thermostat and temperature sensor. The actual gauge still doesn't show normal temperature - conclusion : give up. I now know the engine does warm up as it should, even if the gauge doesn't show it.
Next I changed the carpet. Stripped out the interior and removed the old (and quite frankly astro-turf like) carpet. I then fitted a much more pleasant soft and much cleaner carpet. The difference is amazing and well worth the effort. (I'll try add some pictures). Next I added some HID headlamp bulbs and LED sidelight bulbs. While I was at it I did the interior bulbs - replacing them with LEDs. Much nicer and cleaner light. Next was a service - spark plugs, oil and decent air filter change. Those rear spark plugs on the V6 have never been changed but I have previously had a rant about lazy garage services. Again, I'll try add some photos of the clear difference in spark plugs.
Then I fitted tow bar electrics. Not too difficult in the grand scale of things. Next were rear parking sensors - a little tricky with a tow bar fitted. In hindsight I should have done the sensors before having the tow bar fitted. Then I fitted a set of 17" GTA alloys (along with all new tyres). After all that some might take a break but this Alfa is my pride and joy so I set about a really deep clean and polish. Which isn't so evident after country lanes in the wet. And not quite last, a full cat back stainless steel exhaust.
And still there are jobs to complete. I still need to fit a full Zener body kit and the MOT is due in 5 weeks - which is bound to give me more jobs to do. But I don't have an Alfa 156 to get me from A to B. I have one because I absolutely LOVE it and I would never want anything else despite its foibles.