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Madness DPFs, oil lights and tyre wear!

Right, rant time.

As most know I contacted ARUK regarding continuing problems with my car “Kangarooing” or hesitating as AR like to call it @ around 1750 rpm. This occurs whatever the gear and speed. While also wanting to discuss the excessive tyre wear which I feel is unjustifiable on such short mileage.

On the first point they tested my car and declared that there was nothing wrong with it. Which I expected to be honest as there is nothing wrong with my car in the sense that it is exactly as it is designed to be. I have been informed that AR technical suggested it’s the way I drive the car that must be the cause.

On the second point, I’m informed in the first instance that the tyre wear is not more than could be expected but after pressing further did discover that the inside edge is possibly below the legal limit. (I’ve just passed 5000 miles). The fact that the tyre edge is now shaped like a banana didn’t seem to be an issue either.

Oh and the oil warning light is still on as this was not dealt with during its weeks worth of tests.

So to sum it up, I bought a car that was inappropriate for my style of driving, that will happily chew through £500 worth of tyres every 5k at the same time as needing a service every 5k. And I thought Evo’s service schedule was bad!

Well thanks ARUK…thanks a lot!

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PS. Since writing the above I have just been in contact with ARUK who have said they are willing to take the car in again to do more testing?!? And sort out the oil. I’ve complained more about the tyre wear and want to know if its expected that tyres not make it to 5000 miles. The ‘excuse’ is that they are set up to be sporty and hence the wear. I don’t buy that myself as I’m not driving around with a set of F1 soft slicks on!! I await to see the outcome.

Everyone seems to be doing what they can and I have to feel sorry for Rob @ Meridian as he’s caught in the middle somewhat and I know I’m not the only customer he’s having to deal with. I know he does read this forum so I’d just like to add that were I to have a Brera S as a courtesy car I’m sure I wouldn’t find it half as annoying! where as ARUK must know they have a design ‘feature’ with the DPF and are struggling to find a way to put it right?
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Re: DPFs, oil lights and tyre wear!

This is exactly why Alfa get their bad name. Dealers try to do their best only to be dry shafted by ARUK.

My tyres went at 9k although the inners looked well dodgy from 6k. Dealer confirms this is a known issue and confirms that alignment is correct (when the had the gear to deal with a 19" wheel).

My advice is go to Autoexpress. I did twice and it was amazing to see how quickly once my case (s) appeared in Britain's biggest selling weekly Car Mag.

Chould not have to resort to these tactics though
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Re: DPFs, oil lights and tyre wear!

I had to change my SAAB (sorry) front tyres at 17,000 last week and was not happy. The guy in the garage said that SAABs were heavy on tyres. I think the 156 was doing about 25-30k miles for a set of fronts.

5000 miles, would that be three sets between services?

I'm surprised at the mpg issues too. I get 42-44 mpg easy and it is the 1.9 tid estate. The engine is similar to the alfa one but very different in detail. In comparison I got about 40 mpg from the 2.4 jtd, with both engines being of the 150 bhp variety.

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Re: DPFs, oil lights and tyre wear!

I've seen your cornering skills young man! No wonder your poor tyres are shot

Still can't believe you're getting no joy with your bella's issues
As SR said - perhaps time to escalate if this latest attempt comes back without progress.

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LOL Jed. I reckon the tyres on that darn kart we had in the last event would have lasted longer!

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Re: DPFs, oil lights and tyre wear!

[QUOTE=Cannavar;1959038]Right, rant time.

I know he does read this forum QUOTE]

Well Im glad ive always been nice then as I would expect a punch in the eye next time im in.
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Re: DPFs, oil lights and tyre wear!

Sounds bad. My experience with a 2.4JTDM 159 is that the tyre wear from new was not good - the inside edges of the fronts went through before the first service at 18000m. I had the wheels realigned (and the illegally-worn front Bridestones replaced with P7s) at the first service. At that time, the rear Bridgestones were lightly and evenly worn. Within another 5000m, the fronts were fine but the outer edges of the rears were completely shot. Had the realignment checked again (and the rears replaced with P7s also). The Fronts then lasted another 18000m and were evenly worn when replaced.

Currently on 43000m and all 4 are evenly worn. The thing is that it was when the wheels alignment was finally corrected that the fuel consumption began to improve noticably. From averaging 35-37mpg in early life to 40-42mpg now. Some of this will be the engine improving but I believe the alignment of the tyres made a big difference.
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18,000 miles out of front tyres

You must drive like a monk.
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18,000 miles out of front tyres

You must drive like a monk.
Well he is getting 40-42mpg!!
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