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Join Date: Sep 2001
Re: Steering clunks...
I feel your pain DJ.
I payed quite a lot when I bought mine at just over 2 years old thinking it would last, then I spent shed loads on it over the years I've had it. Done not that many miles but things just keep going wrong, and they cost a flippin' mint to fix. £120 for a couple of TRE's, £250 for a downpipe made of crap mild steel (and that wasn't even OEM), endless appetite for front tyres (and petrol), A/C that don't work, air recirculation flap servo that broke 'cos of crap design and £150 for a new one (that'll break again), chocolate camshafts, rubbish front wishbones (yes, I've finally fitted Powerflex now they are available), alarm system that works for a few days then goes deaf until you switch it off for a bit, door locks that sieze up and can't be taken apart to clean (gotta buy a complete new lock), internal air temp sensor with a tiny fan that don't work (didn't even bother looking how much this was), petrol leaks from every bit of rubber under the bonnet, trim that rattles & squeeks, seat cloth that wears out way too fast for my liking, dealer network that is largely (but not entirely) hopeless.
Thankfuly, I've never been obliged to actually get any dealer to do any work on the car - do it all myself apart from when it wanted a 50k service. Got an independant to do it for me.
Why do we drive them? Dunno. Some people call it character, some call it passion, some say you can't be a driver if you've never had at least one Alfa. I say one is probably enough having had the 'pleasure' of my V6 for the past 6 years. Had way more value out of a very old & tired 164 (but that was almost as bad for spares prices and the bloke I bought it off had spent over £6k on it in two years - ouch).
I loved my V6 when I got it, but the honeymoon was way too short.
Wrinx has a valid point, a lot of this stuff is actually gonna happen on any car, but then why are the bits so hard to get and so expensive? And why do they wear so damn quick too?? Clearly the V6 is a bad choice of 155 from that perspective....but then there seem to be an awful lot of big blowups with the 16V twinny as well. Again, you could argue these are down to lack of servicing, or you could argue that making a cambelt idler out of plastic is not smart. Nor is driving a waterpump from a timing belt too bright either IMHO. Great for manufacture of course.....
I'll drive my V6 until it dies of old age (or cam failure)..or the bits to get it through the next MOT cost more than it's worth (last one cost £250 for brake parts). This point is getting closer every year as the residual value of these things sucks.
What else would I buy?? I dunno, but I doubt it will be another Alfa after this one.