Have I bought a lemon...or an Alfa?
Well, I've had the 156 (51 Reg, 50k miles, 2.0TS) for about a month now, and while I'm absolutely in love with it, there have been some problems.
Question is, is the car a lemon, or are these just Alfa "quirks". Here's the list:
Bodywork is brilliant, very straight. Mechanically, no real problems except:
Whining (almost turbo like) noise under hard accelleration - although one of the jubilee clips on the intake pipe is loose, that probably just wants tightening.
Slight squeek from front o/s suspension - not causing me an annoyance, and only happens when cold. I know about the wishbone issue, so I'll look at that come service time.
Also got an occasional knock from the rear n/s suspension, doenst seem to happen all the time and its pretty quiet. Any ideas on this one?
However, the problems really start with the electrics. I noticed when I got the car, there had been a wire patched in the loom under the bonnet. Its the part of the loom that runs above the rad, I think it might be the horn.
A few days after buying the car, the battery was completely dead despite being a new battery. The garage got an autoelectrician in, and while they didnt ask for the details, he did say he had done some wiring, and a relay. Looks like another new bit of wiring in the fusebox, disappears down into the floor, or maybe into the engine bay, hard to see.
Today, a friend was behind be and said I had a brake light out. Not a problem in itself, but the light on the dash didn't light up to tell me. After opening the cover, it looks like theres yet another wiring patch there. Looks like the power for one of the rear lights has been taken across from the n/s to the o/s. I'm guessing this is why the light on the dash didnt work!
Finally - the "seatbelt" light on the dash - is this supposed to light up until I put my seatbelt on? If so, it doesnt... When I turn on the ignition, it flashes, turns steadily on then goes off.
So, is the car a lemon, considering the low mileage - or are these issues nothing to worry about?