I am currently in the market for a new motor after the reliable 03 Toyota Yaris i currently drive is becoming a little too boring.
After looking through the ads i keep yearning for an Alfa 159 2.4 JTDM.
I am going to view one next week and hopefully test drive it. Its Lusso spec, up at £7k with 55k on the clock & a full service history.
Other than the usual service history, driving manner, and electrical's all working is there any other bits i should look out for? I'm thinking of stuff that only the enthusiast on this site would spot???
Thanks in advance for any replies.
Also well done on maintaining an excellent forum.
It's POETS day and I've got some time, so...
You are mainly looking for the 'usual' modern common rail diesel issues, so:
Excessive smoke on start up/acceleration, rough idle, a big 'dead spot' at low revs when accelerating. IMHO by far the biggest issue on these cars is soot build up in the EGR, manifolds, and the diesel particulate filter. This tends to be worse on cars that do a lot of hacking around town. Most diesels prefer out-of-town driving.
Economy wise, the 159 is a heavy car, so budget for 35mpg - less if around town.
Otherwise, 159s are occasionally prone to steering rack issues, so listen for any whining or squealing issues when turning the wheel from lock to lock. The correct power steering fluid should be green. It's easily changed if its red.
Check the front tyres for signs of uneven wear, particularly on the inner edge. If you see this, you'll massively reduce the tyre wear with a full laser alignment.
You may find the gear change a bit 'notchy'. Unfortunately it's a 'feature', but be wary for any signs of clutch slip or a high pedal. 'enthusiastic' previous owners may have been hard on the clutch.
It's no reason to avoid buying, but the 2.4 engine has a plastic bleed valve on the coolant line at the front of the engine This can easily be changed for a metal one as they can fail.
Full SH obviously important. The 'official' interval for a cam belt change is 92k, but failures have occurred, and the current thinking is 4 years or 60k.
Can't think of much else except the 159 is a wonderful car!! Happy hunting.