Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Henley on Thames
Re: New to Alfa Romeo
I purchased a 147 jtd lusso with leather a few weeks ago with 75k on the clock for £4850
Although it has had the cambelt replaced and a full service history (last one at 72k), I decided to give it a service myself and came across the following isssues;
1 - Give yourself plenty of time to replace the air filter as its an absolute pest to change, it invoves removing the undertray (mine had rusty torx nuts which snapped off and I had to replace), then from under the car you have to disconnect a sensor to even get to the filter. The workshop manual even states removing the battery.
Eventually I created the space below to change the filter.
2- The oil change is simple enough. (be carefull with the sump plug as mine was a torx and mot an allen key type)
3 - Check the pads on the brakes they wear quickly and if you have
squeaky pads check the alfaworksop website for how to - its perfect/
4 - When changing the antifreeze a bleed screw is at the top of the rediator.
5 - I had to thoroughly clean the ubdertray as it was caked in dirt.
I am planning on having the car proffessionally serviced at the recommended intervals, but I will personally replace the oil and filter every 6k for peace of mind.
Also planning a leather clean and condioner at the end of the week, apparently this prolongs the life of the leather and prevents cracking.
Hope this helps, good to see we're in the same county!
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