Well gob smacked isnt the word I decided that the car needed a little pre long drive tlc and follow my brothers lead on the getting the car sorted for the journey to rest and fun!!
oil plugs air and pollen filter and quick check round to see what else might be needed for the 200 mile run to the sun in a couple of weeks..
my brothers 03 accord 141k on the clock type s was duly sorted first and took half an hour and £40
for all but the plugs (irridium tipped and dont need touching for 0000s of miles!) nothing else found
And now on to my 159 2.2jts
Selenia star I already had! so saved a packet and the plugs also recently done so not needed either tip top i thought!!
£60 for an air filter and pollen filter (ONLY)
but this is the killer my jts has done a little over 40k all in!! and is an 06 plate
half an hour just to do the air filter !! wheel off??? panels out engine tray off etc etc just to get to the bloody filter , once to it it was date stamped 2008!! mmmmm
then the pollen filter ,,,, OMG it was the original date stamped to 2005!! choc full and jet black... why oh why ????
And......Dissmantle the glove box JUST to get to it !!!
nealy an hour and half all in??? just for routine tasks
and the king pin..... the front lower arm is knackered(bush has disintergrated) and my michellins on the front (8700mls) also on the limits ! wearing evenly as well (had the tracking done recently)
OOOOOOHH ! the price of alfa owner ship its just crazy ........
its not old or high mileage either ?? perhaps its all the rally/racing I do ?? not!!