AO Platinum Member
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: United Kingdom
County: South Lanarkshire
Re: 159. some probs.
No oil consumption in mine in 13,000+ miles.
Steering noises could be due to the wrong steering fluid. It has been reported by a few and when it was changed in my car it made a huge difference, both to the steering and the general smoothness/noise levels in the car. It is a notified Alfa item - so your garage should know about it.
As for the gears - they tend to be a bit grunchy at low miles and when cold. They should loosen up with distance.