I have become the proud owner of a 2.0 Twin Spark 156, and am now addicted its just so damned nice to drive and powerful for such a low power car. It kicks the pants off my WHP-11 Primera wagon even with my sr20-de/ve combo engine wound up to 220BHP even in its sorry state that the alfa is currently in.
A friend and I got this car for $1300 nz when it suffered its first problem the mechanic that the lady had been taking it too told here that he did the timing belt for just $1000 nz. He had done this twice he literally just did timing belt nothing else, and now wanted another $1500 nz to do the work for the WOF (warrant of fitness). This included $350 nz to remove the whole nose cone to replace the park bulbs.
We got the car and found the instructions printed in cap of the headlight did the job, replaced some bits of rubber changed oils including gearbox and sele, coolant brake and clutch. We then sold it to my little brother(in law same diff to me though untill this) for $2400, with a new headunit and an old but small sub and amp including stiffening cap as research told me that alfa's with selespeed love good constant current for all the little bits that make it an alfa. We handed it on with a printed service schedule and instructions that it should have new spark plugs and was probably due a new water pump and timing belt job as we had not done it, i promised to do it for cost plus 6kg of sugar and some yeast( I have an awesome still) And so began its next problem the brother and father in law + Japanese & European Automotive Ltd previously known as Northcote Autos at 189 Devon St New Plymouth 4310 NZ. I Then explained that good fully synthetic oil is slightly hydroscopic which was then followed by an explanation that hydroscopic means it absorbs water from the air so it must be changed by time or mileage whichever comes first.
Twice there was a problem with the gearbox ? Sele Fluid needed topping off
. The bro in law then drove it for a month with the exhaust seperated from the extractors no o2 sensor
Northcote referred to as nobcocks by other mechanics in taranaki after further research, hold the service and warranty agreement for my mother in law's almost new mini and advertise as european automotive specialists so they took it there. According to them it needed a new clutch and actuator unit, but they would do a whole new sele for cost plus installation about $7700nz. The father in law started going balls out at first the wife then finally at me for a couple of months. He then went and ticked the boy up a holden/opel that slipped the timing chain and self destructed. So i got the alfa for $500nz and helping fix the new POS. Then was the next problem ME.
I thought hmm logic says my in laws have no mechanical aptitude whatsoever gearbox no go lets replace fluid, while looking in the boot(nice little velcro strip) for a place to put the last few hundred mls of atf dexron iiii fully synthetic i found half a bottle of atf type f
, Thats A Lot Cheaper Than A New Sele. Damn it was so good i then cracked the sump doing about 200kmh while beating the dad in-law's 300kw holden adventura ute along the forgotten highway here in nz. I only drove it a week, needed an oil change anyway why not new sump as well. Plus spark plugs air filter, cabin filter. Have not found out how to do a fuel filter yet looking right now on here no listing for it at bnt or supercheap auto. Final Problem Damn rural post driver on wrong side of road.
The rural post driver was on the wrong side of the road i didn't hit her but only missed her by leaving the road and getting a bit air-borne in the culvert
. While i was in there replacing the sump again i noticed something in the bottom of the timing cover, closer inspection revealed a broken aux/harmonic pulley belt really similar to mitsi engines i used to love, a bit of research then showed that the belt was the only thing ever serviced behind the timing cover and that it has the original prone to failure pulleys and variator . All my poor 156's problems are neglect stupidity and hard use. Ever since my almost head on with postie it idles like a ported rotary engine and stutters sometimes at low revs. it is waiting on parts to bring it on even keel so i can begin to diagnose its new problems. Im hoping that after the goodies behind the timing cover are sorted a new variator new clutch, i can maybe get away with waiting to do the coil packs as so far the best price for new ones here in nz is $206x4 without the leads and stems