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Getting scared now ! New to me 159 2.4 jtdm qtronic

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I have my new toy and I'm loving it.
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Looking through here it seems there's more issues than I ever expected and I'm getting to the point that every little bang pop squeak or rattle is scaring the life out of me with my wallet quietly crying in my back pocket!

Is there a definitive list of the faults that could befall me here ?
Should I for peace of mind get an engineers review ?

Any help to calm this nervous Alfa convert would be gratefully received it's only 2007 plate done 86000 it should be good ?

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Be carefull of sunken man hole grids they set the air bags off in your face and dont push in the cig liter it's an ejector seat






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Looking through here it seems there's more issues than I ever expected and I'm getting to the point that every little bang pop squeak or rattle is scaring the life out of me with my wallet quietly crying in my back pocket!

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The vast majority of stuff on here seems to be about DERVs and all their issues.

This site will make you paranoid, you may well be better off with your head in the sand...

Most Alfas need money throwing at them to keep them in good shape, hope you've not made the classic mistake of buying one and not budgeting for running it.
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Nothing to be scared of at all. Mine is similar age/miles and it's been superb. Just check through service history and work out what you can do to prolong it's wellbeing (belts may be first stop!) and they love a regular oil change. Fuchs supersyn is only 20 for 5 litres at opie oils at the moment.
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Be carefull of sunken man hole grids they set the air bags off in your face and dont push in the cig liter it's an ejector seat






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You actually have one that works?
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the derv issues are well known and easy to solve. Most cars will have had some if not all theses issues already sorted out

these are heavy cars, built alot tougher than previous AR cars

2.4's are practically bomb proof
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like buying any second hand car; if the previous owner has looked after it and done what needed doing, it's a lottery.
i'd rather have an alfa and a gargae i can trust, than something german.
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Thanks Cream that makes me feel better this car is like night and day to me I was driving an 02 avensis before !


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Guys
I have my new toy and I'm loving it.
BUT
Looking through here it seems there's more issues than I ever expected and I'm getting to the point that every little bang pop squeak or rattle is scaring the life out of me with my wallet quietly crying in my back pocket!

Is there a definitive list of the faults that could befall me here ?
Should I for peace of mind get an engineers review ?

Any help to calm this nervous Alfa convert would be gratefully received it's only 2007 plate done 86000 it should be good ?

Thanks from the scared one.
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ha, its the typical forum, people don't tend to join the forums to tell everyone they haven't had any problems, go and read an Audi/ BMW / Pegeuot forum, they are all the same.

In terms of issues, have a look in the stickies, the buyers guide points out some of the major issues, and the fault fixing guide gives more info on some of the more common niggles and how to resolve them.

The q tronic and the 2.4 are a great combination, welcome and enjoy!
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ha, its the typical forum, people don't tend to join the forums to tell everyone they haven't had any problems, go and read an Audi/ BMW / Pegeuot forum, they are all the same.

In terms of issues, have a look in the stickies, the buyers guide points out some of the major issues, and the fault fixing guide gives more info on some of the more common niggles and how to resolve them.

The q tronic and the 2.4 are a great combination, welcome and enjoy!
Thanks Guys
I feel a lot better now.
Guess some of this is getting used to driving an auto (need one now gammy left leg) and it being a diesel (only diesels I ever drove were transits) and it being a million miles away from the old 02plate avensis I used to drive.
Guess its a learning curve but a good one so far.
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Hi Dave and welcome to AO. Don't worry about it, I had a bad experience years ago with a 156 and told myself "never again".

Just took the plunge and got myself a 09 plate Brera. Little apprehensive + huge grin on my face = happy chappy.

And seems no matter what goes wrong in the future these guys can always offer good advice.
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Hi Dave and welcome to AO. Don't worry about it, I had a bad experience years ago with a 156 and told myself "never again".

Just took the plunge and got myself a 09 plate Brera. Little apprehensive + huge grin on my face = happy chappy.

And seems no matter what goes wrong in the future these guys can always offer good advice.
Excellent just need to find myself a good independent in or around wiltshire :-)
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Excellent just need to find myself a good independent in or around wiltshire :-)
Not sure whereabouts you are in Wiltshire but if close enough Autolusso in Wimbourne, Dorest comes highly recommended, I travel half an hour to get there but well worth it, good people who know their stuff and wont rip you off.
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I've had a 147 (54 plate) for 4 years and almost no problems at all, flys through the mot and just gets serviced properly.

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Not sure whereabouts you are in Wiltshire but if close enough Autolusso in Wimbourne, Dorest comes highly recommended, I travel half an hour to get there but well worth it, good people who know their stuff and wont rip you off.
Up near Marlborough but that's a nice run down through Salisbury on a roads :-)
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Get the EGR blanked (if not already done), this will certainly help against many of the issues that plague diesel engined cars (not just Alfas!), and make it a little more responsive.,
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My 147 was the same. Never failed an mot, only cost me servicing. The 159 seems to be a little more costly.
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Up near Marlborough but that's a nice run down through Salisbury on a roads :-)
Dave, give Laurence a ring at Autolusso, you'll find contact details on his website, he does a free saturday surgery if you book it up, that gets your car a quick look over plus you get to find the place and meet Laurence, oh and you get to see a few Alfas at the same time ;0)

This forum is full of great advice through searchable archives or through running threads and full of people who have been there and done it with most of the problems you're likely to come across.
If you get a problem my advice is not to panic, well not straight away as many issues can be quickly rectified, Alfas are characters, not merely motor cars and each one is an individual, you and Autolusso will soon get to know your individual.

As its a new purchase it might be worth trying a thread here or the General Alfa forum just to see if it has been owned or at least known by someone here, history with Alfas is well worth having.

For any electrical fault, and they are well known for it, first check is always the battery, Im mentioning this because its a new purchase and winters on the way, a slightly iffy battery will cause no end of problems.
Getting to know the reboot sequence is another good idea, its in the handbook or on here, just a case of disconnecting the battery for 20 minutes and doing the resets.

I think I crapped myself when I first started reading this forum and I bet many others did as well but as someone has already said, most come to forums to discuss problems so all forums are full of it.

Good luck with yours, hopefully you have got yourself a good one, now enjoy it.
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Up near Marlborough but that's a nice run down through Salisbury on a roads :-)
1st service after I got my 159 was by Italia Speed at Ball Hill, west of Newbury. Small operation with just 2 guys, but they seemed knowledgeable and interested and the price was reasonable. I'll be back there when time comes for more work.
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