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Just noticed..... when I put the Qtronic in reverse, a red light upon the roof courtesy light panel comes on - the corner nearest the driver
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My Alfa has a nifty little 'feature' of being a homing magnet for bird ****. Anyone know how to turn this off?
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Finally found the emergency boot release handle. I have owned the 159 for a year now, and my inability to spot the handle has been a nagging worry - what if the electrics failed and I needed to open the boot? This afternoon I had a more determined feel around under the front corners of the back seat, and felt something under the left side that wasn't on the right. At last I brought the loop of cable into sight, and a gentle tug opened the boot. Bingo!

With luck I'll never need it, but at least I'll be able to find it when I do.
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The red light on the roof is the reversing sensor light. It's on all models with sensors.
I had no idea about the boot release cable - where is that?

One feature I found... Hold down the unlock button on the remote and the car opens all windows
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do the hazzards really flash when you brake heavy on the 159? heard of this idea before but didnt know the 159 might have them?
Yes, mine do that. I think they flash at double speed too, but it could have been my adrenaline!!
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The red light on the roof is the reversing sensor light. It's on all models with sensors.
I had no idea about the boot release cable - where is that?

One feature I found... Hold down the unlock button on the remote and the car opens all windows
And the sunroof if you've got one ! Gives you a heck of a shock if you come back from shopping and the key fob has been pressing against anything in your pocket/bag etc. I thought I'd left everything open by mistake when it happened to me.
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Yes, mine do that. I think they flash at double speed too, but it could have been my adrenaline!!
only case with face lifting models, older do not do that.
yes it is much faster flashing
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Finally found the emergency boot release handle. I have owned the 159 for a year now, and my inability to spot the handle has been a nagging worry - what if the electrics failed and I needed to open the boot? This afternoon I had a more determined feel around under the front corners of the back seat, and felt something under the left side that wasn't on the right. At last I brought the loop of cable into sight, and a gentle tug opened the boot. Bingo!

With luck I'll never need it, but at least I'll be able to find it when I do.
only saloon/sedan/limousine whatever you call 4door version in your countries. sw does not have that
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Working on the car today I noticed a strange hole in the rear trim panel covering the back of the load area on the Sportwagon, looking at I realised that it gives access to an emergency release lever on the lock mechanism in the tailgate in case the electrical push button fails. Put a screwdriver in it with the tailgate close and lever the latch to the centre of the car, screwdriver handle to the outside of the car. This should pop the tailgate.

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Ha, most of this thread would be redundant if people read the manual!
The only poblem with reading the manual is it seems to have been translated by a chinese person from Italian into English and I found it took me three atempts on most sections and 3 hours to get halfway through it
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The only poblem with reading the manual is it seems to have been translated by a chinese person from Italian into English and I found it took me three atempts on most sections and 3 hours to get halfway through it
You're lucky you don't have a Spider.
The roof operation in the manual is just a waste of space.
Thankfully, other people (Alfa Workshop) provide much better guides.
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