Last week i bought a 1999 2.0 156 selespeed, with a slight knock on the engine, which i thought was maybe the variator, or in the back of my mind big ends.
but after looking at the car and all the toys, new tyres, superb condition, wheels where great condition, interior spotless i thought to myself i want it. so i had it.
she's in the garage as we speak, for new big ends. he said that he could do all the work ,engine out strip down new shells and bearings, con rod, timing belt put all back together for £1000.00.
which i thought did'nt sound to bad, as he has a great reputation and usually deals with top marques of cars.
the garage rang me today , we have a problem. the crank is cracked.
iv managed to source another £310.00
your clutch is nearly worn out. another £120.00 ish
so what turned out to be a grand is mounting up to nearly two grand by the time he's finished.
i know ill have a sorted car at the end but its gonna owe me nearly three grand for a car thats only worth two.
but its got to the point where i cant abandon the project so im just going to keep it and look after it for a few years. i gave £1225 for the car. but even though i have had all these problems in one go i still love the car, its great i think im hooked.
I just really hope i get to drive it again soon, my first alfa , i never thought a 2.0l 16v engine could sound so good, my last car was an audi 2.8 v6 and did'nt sound anywhere near a good.
anyway just thought id share my problems with you all, you see your's are not so bad now. thanks