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What a brilliant thread! When I got my 159 a few weeks back I trawled through the manual and discovered a few little hidden bits. The armrest thing drove me mad as I assumed my car didn't have it (56-plate Lusso), read this thread, popped outside, yanked it, and hey presto I know have the perfect armrest position!

It's the simple things.....!
i have a 56 plate lusso an my armrest will NOT move, dont want to rip it off the mounts... haha
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i have a 56 plate lusso an my armrest will NOT move, dont want to rip it off the mounts... haha
One almighty tug and a punch in my chin, it moved. Only about 1" tho


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Yes u only get 1-2 inches but it moves easier now
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If it needs updating you can do this by either connecting you phone to your car via Bluetooth and using the internet function on your phone to download the software, or you can do it using a usb stick with the software on it. I'm going to use the word 'apparently' here just incase I'm wrong.
With the early versions of Blue & ME like mine, which didn't have the USB port, the software is apparently different and won't update with the "normal" B&ME updates.

my system must have had the capability but it wasn't working for whatever reason. I think having the battery disconnected for a few days must have somehow reset it.

I changed my phone 9 months ago and it definitely has a better BT interface with the car, but I'm sure I've had texts to it before whilst driving.

Whatever has made it work, it's a great feature & stops any temptation to pick up the phone & read texts whilst driving.

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I noticed another good one the other day

I usually turn the volume up when I'm on the phone, when the phone disconnects the radio volume goes back to what it was set on before the call came through
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i forgot to close completely back door. tried to lock with a fob and all four blinkers went crazy blinking very fast! closed the door, locked again and all ok. coool!
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i forgot to close completely back door. tried to lock with a fob and all four blinkers went crazy blinking very fast! closed the door, locked again and all ok. coool!
Same thing happens with the boot left open. Frightened the life out of me the first time..!!!
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159 ti sw ... If you whack the heating up full blast to "hi" on your readout the directional blower pushes the air to your feet and if you whack it to full blast cold it pushes the air towards your body/face. I thought that was pretty intuitive.
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Sorry if this is a repeat, but I thought it was a nice touch.

You have to press the brake or clutch before pressing start
- press the brake and you have to hold the start button in until the car starts
- press the clutch and you can let go of the start button and the car continues to crank until it starts by itself !
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Armrest moves on mine...... 2006 lusso
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i think early 159's did remote window closing as well as opening. then the safety fairies paid alfa a visit and did away with the remote closing. which is a pain in the bum - plenty of times in the summer i've gone to lock the car and realised i've lefta window open - would be good to be able to to it from the fob. i do like the remote opening though
If you take the key out of the fob and lock the car with the key, hold it in the lock position and it will put the windows up......

Its a PITA but easier than having to get back in the car.....
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Sorry if this is a repeat, but I thought it was a nice touch.

You have to press the brake or clutch before pressing start
- press the brake and you have to hold the start button in until the car starts
- press the clutch and you can let go of the start button and the car continues to crank until it starts by itself !
Does it

I'll have to give that a try
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Does it

I'll have to give that a try
On post-MY2008 cars only I believe
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On post-MY2008 cars only I believe
Good point, mine was registered December 2008
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I can confirm the starter on mine stops spinning as soon as you let go of the start/stop button, regardless of pedal combination and if it has started or not. 2006 2.4.

Just managed to get the front centre armrest pad moving, as previously stated there was so much cack under there I doubt it's ever moved before, probably why it needed such a shove!
Thing is, being a shortarse at 5'6" the rest is too far back to be of any use to me, maybe to the passenger though
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I can confirm the starter on mine stops spinning as soon as you let go of the start/stop button, regardless of pedal combination and if it has started or not. 2006 2.4.

Just managed to get the front centre armrest pad moving, as previously stated there was so much cack under there I doubt it's ever moved before, probably why it needed such a shove!
Thing is, being a shortarse at 5'6" the rest is too far back to be of any use to me, maybe to the passenger though

Mine also doesn't care what pedal you press. It just stops cranking as soon as I let go if the button regardless....
Must be a feature on phase 2 models...
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Same here mines on a 59 plate so not a feature I have
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Same here mines on a 59 plate so not a feature I have
Mines a 58, and it has endless cranking via the clutch pedal. I wonder if it formed part of a software update ?
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Armrest moves in mine!
Heavy braking wont engage hazards (units whit vdc only).
Whenever going at full power and hit the brakes hard it will progressively apply brakes until speed gets safe enough to give a full brake blast, and it stops whithout even a tyre screch!
One of these days i was turning in a roundabout i hard turned left and gave it some beans,guess what? VDC locked steering at half its course as to prevent me from spining!!!
Never noticed that if you turn temp all the way up it blows into the feet area or if you put it at cold coldnes it directs to face and body area!!!
Whenever not warm enough engine rpm wont go past 3k rpm in 1st or 2nd gear!
did you notticed rpms will go up slower when in col cold weather!?
Last year on a massive frost morning few seconds after starting the car it engaged demister and defroster all allone!
I fancy having the rádio selecting only the stations whit the highest signal so that i can always listen in stereo whit n static! and whenever you lose signal it auto changes to the next best signal station!
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Mines a 58, and it has endless cranking via the clutch pedal. I wonder if it formed part of a software update ?
Maybe it was a 159 feature and not a Brera feature
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Maybe it was a 159 feature and not a Brera feature

I can't think why there would be any difference.

But then again Who knows
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One of these days i was turning in a roundabout i hard turned left and gave it some beans,guess what? VDC locked steering at half its course as to prevent me from spining!!!
The VDC does not have active steering as far as I understand, but it can brake individual wheels which could create a steering pull...?

A daft one. If you accelerate and brake at the same time in mine (2006 2.4) it cuts the throttle. You can floor the throttle and nothing will happen, even if only braking gently.

If you then keep the throttle down and lift off the brakes, it gradually feeds the power back in.

Bit of a pain really as this is how I usually clean up or bed in new brakes!
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Sorry if this is a repeat, but I thought it was a nice touch.

You have to press the brake or clutch before pressing start
- press the brake and you have to hold the start button in until the car starts
- press the clutch and you can let go of the start button and the car continues to crank until it starts by itself !


Does anyone feels that the start from the brake is more smoothier than with the clutch?

Sometimes, with the clutch, the revs just don´t seem to be alright, all shakie and then stabalizes... (altough is much better since the EGR change)...

Anyone?
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The start on clutch disengages a lot of mass from the engine, so there is less of a 'flywheel' to smooth it out. Maybe thats the effect you feel ?
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Two useful bits of info. Just tried my Lusso and the nearside mirror drops if the mirror stalk is turned to the left and reverse is engaged and I've also tried the moving centre armrest. That slides forward as well

The 159 is even better perfect now
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