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Hi all,
I have just bought a 155 1.8 8v ts, I was hoping you guys may be able to help me. I want more power, I sold a Golf GTI mk2 16v with 174bhp so the serious lack of pace is frustrating to say the least, obviously i am not expecting anywhere near that sort of power but some improvement would be nice. What power does the 1.8 8v ts make, BHP and Torque? I know the car has ABS as I can see the ABS pump/ecu under the bonnet, does the car have any form of traction control (when i start it a red light comes on breifly on the dash with a car skidding) what the light for? also the car has done 94k miles, i bought it very cheaply with no history, is there anything i should keep an eye on/change? The oil level is not going down and is very claen, it doesnt smoke and theres no nasty noises.

Thanks in advance for your help
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Re: New Alfa 155 owner Help??

Hi, and welcome to club Alfisti

The 1.8 puts out 140bhp out of the factory. Torque figures Im not certain about, but there is plenty of info on various websites AROC register being one of them.

Things to check in order of priority:

1. Cambelt + all tensioners. If the timing belt tensioner fails, you will require a head re-build.
2. Check the variator - If the engine sounds like a diesel at idle from cold, Im told its the variator at fault.
3. Front wishbones use crap rubber and wear out easily. Have those checked out. Replacements can be bought cheap (38each), but fitting them is a pain.
4. Anti-Roll bar drop links at the front of the car are in the same category as the wishbones, it makes sense to replace those with the wishbones as it really transforms the handling of the car.

I believe those are the main bits that need to be looked at, but make the timing belt checkup a priority if you have no history with the car!
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Its the 8v, I thought it didnt have a cam belt, thgought they were chain driven?
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Re: New Alfa 155 owner Help??

The 155 has no form of traction control other than the drivers right foot.
As you say the 8v has chain driven cams, so no worries about belt failiure.
Having said that they can rattle, so cam chain tensioner may need adjustment.
Wishbones are a known problem and AR drop links are worth looking at.
Top strut mount bearings do wear, so again keep an eye on them.
I think the ABS light comes on briefly as it goes though it's check sequence.
Apart from that the engines are fairly bulletproof.
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Re: New Alfa 155 owner Help??

I can't remember the exact figures, but I'm fairly sure the 1.8 8v in the 155 produced about 126 BHP and 120 or 122 lb/ft.

Coupled with 1270KG, that would explain your relative lack of pace.
All the same, I hope you enjoy your 155 and time in the Alfaowner forums
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