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Used 427scr's guide http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-...ng-itself.html to stop the wiper arm taking paint off the bonnet - seemed to have only just taken it down to the primer so I think I've caught it just in time.

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Washed the car (he was filthy)

Jacked him up and sprayed the wishbones with silicone spray lubricate to try and get rid of the hideous noises the cars suspension was making. Seems to have done the trick (for now), car is booked into the garage next week to see if there is a problem, if there is hopefully it's a warranty job.

Also, the glass was coming off the nearside wing mirror (shakes like hell at speed), so stuck some epoxy resin on it. Hopefully that works...
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What have you done to your 159/Brera/Spider today?

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Hi Giblets46

Just checked in my e-owner manual (p232) it says the distance between min and max on dipstick is approx 1l of oil.

My EGR now has both restrictor gaskets on it, had the 4 hole one for a while, now it has both, turbo definitely spools up quicker, more responsive. Been on there about a week and no EML problems.

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Thanks Tim, always good to know you've not overfilled etc, the sensor seems to have caught up with the oil fill now too!

Have you thought of fully blanking you EGR, the improvement is event more marked!


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Got round to giving the gearbox some new oil and at the same time sorted my bumper out after my insurance approved body shop 3rd attempt to repair it!!

To top off when they returned my car they were caught doing 66mph in a 50!!! I was not impressed when I got the letter through from the police....
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We did that to ours and it does indeed make a big difference. What's more it helps keep that black crap from clogging up your inlet manifold and valves. I don't see the point in having any holes in it. We just ignore the warning that comes up on the dash.
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Refitted the boot liner, topped up the screen wash.

Fully intended on cleaning it, along with the GT & 500 but after several heavy travelling weekends, I decided on being lazy instead.
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Is that not upside down?
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Is that not upside down?
Just what I was thinking.
Also, it just looks like something a teenager would want to do.
Not for me, but each to their own as they say /
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I think if it was not coloured it might look a bit less in your face?

I also have a new Range Rover says 'Range Rover' on the ground when you open the door..Standard fit apparently!
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On Sunday mine went too fast and now I have a 'NIP'.

As a reward, today it went for a service with BLS.
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Is that not upside down?
Yes they both need positioning correctly, but I was going on holiday and didn't have time to fine tune them.

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Just what I was thinking.
Also, it just looks like something a teenager would want to do.
Not for me, but each to their own as they say /
Oooooohhhhhhh........I am a teenager.

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Had a long drive from sunny Cornwall to Stoke on Trent, on to Alton Towers an back (with 2 nights up there) lovely comfy drive and averaged 52.8 MPG (very happy about that!!)

Only saw two other 159's on the trip, one (Red 57 plate Lusso) gave the standard alfa wave
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Booked her in for a full service, plugs & all on Friday. New n/s wheel bearing too.

Noticed the front badge has a stone dent
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Spent the day trying to polish out a 9" long scuff mark along the off side of the rear bumper that I picked up over the past couple of days while parked. Used Fareclas G3 scratch remover and some black Turtle Wax polish. Not bad. You can still see the abrasion if you look closely, but from three feet away, not bad.

I also looked all over for the note that the other driver left, but couldn't find it.
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Little things can make such a difference... Replaced gear cap. From very well used and tatty cap (and to be honest a little uncomfortable at times) Now shiney and new.

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Little things can make such a difference... Replaced gear cap. From very well used and tatty cap (and to be honest a little uncomfortable at times) Now shiney and new.

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Nice. Where did you get that?
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Nice. Where did you get that?[/QUOTE]

Thanks, I'd been keeping an eye out for one for ages, the old one had flaked with a sharp bit around the '6'. - this came up on e-bay at a much better price than the main stealers, genuine part 55344557. Research garage Is the eBay seller looks like they have alot Of Fiat/Alfa spares.

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Nice. Where did you get that?
Thanks, I'd been keeping an eye out for one for ages, the old one had flaked with a sharp bit around the '6'. - this came up on e-bay at a much better price than the main stealers, genuine part 55344557. Research garage Is the eBay seller looks like they have alot Of Fiat/Alfa spares.

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Cool good to know. Was just going to spray paint mine but at least I know that you can get these new instead

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Picked the wife up (daughter already in the front) and as she got into the back, she slammed the door, hard. It made a noise I didn't like, and I thought, hmmm that sounds expensive. The windows were down so immediately she started to complain about high velocity winds equivalent to a hurricane of some sort and wound up the window.

All seemed fine.....

After dropping her off I wound back down my windows and the one in the door she slammed made a noise like it was stripping plastic / metal and dropped way lower than it should. It wound back up ok, but that was that, no longer would it move

I stripped the door and had a look.....

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And then I saw this:

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Great.... the wires are so mangled they wont go back on the spool. So that's going to need a new mechanism then. FFS.

I have no spare time to do this job so its just going to have to go to the garage to have it sorted next week. I have literally tied off one of the cables to hold the window in place but its by no means a fix, just a temporary bodge.

**** Update ****
I found the regulator as a complete assembly on Alfaworkshop so ordered it on a next day. I will have to make time to do it I guess. 100 touch though


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Collected the car from the garage. New shock absorber and coil spring...267 ...thank god for warranty (so far I've had about 1000 of work done under that warranty, best 150 I've spent).
On his arrival home, treated him to a wash and wax, touched up a few stone chips and sorted out the excess epoxy resin visible under the near side mirror. He's looking amazing, as usual!
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Collected the car from the garage. New shock absorber and coil spring...267 ...thank god for warranty (so far I've had about 1000 of work done under that warranty, best 150 I've spent).
On his arrival home, treated him to a wash and wax, touched up a few stone chips and sorted out the excess epoxy resin visible under the near side mirror. He's looking amazing, as usual!
Who's your warranty with Karl? I never thought they were worth it, but it sounds like yours pay out okay.
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Who's your warranty with Karl? I never thought they were worth it, but it sounds like yours pay out okay.
I'm with RAC, the platinum package. The receptionist at the garage I take the car is to says warranty is very hit and miss when their customers bring cars in. Min had the best track record.
If you read the reviews for the warranty people say "it's not worth the paper it's printed on" I beg to differ...
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On Friday, my Brera had a full service, including new spark plugs & a new wheel bearing on the front near side to cure the droning noise present since I had my little off.

All good except one of the hoses to the plenum / intake wouldn't come off (see other thread) & the new bearing is so very quiet I can now hear the drivers side rumbling

On Saturday, gave her a thorough clean & today she got rested as we went out in the S4
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