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Is that a typo? I have never heard of a 49 series tyre before.
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Done 448.2 miles, averaged 61.5 mph & 24mpg. Total driving time 7hr 15min

Brera is a great car for long distance & Q4 is reassuring in these conditions.

Need to get the heated seat fixed though
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Beats my trip on Saturday from lancaster to Hitchin, averaged 26mph, but still 39mpg.
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Cleared the false 'Airbag not available' dashboard light, cause by random/fun with bluetooth OBD & Torque App.

Also, finally got around to removing the shine from the leather on my Ti steering wheel. Looks so much better in the original matte.
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Also, finally got around to removing the shine from the leather on my Ti steering wheel. Looks so much better in the original matte.
How did you manage that? mines always been a 'lovely' shiny finish!
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Just use a cloth dipped in very hot fairy liquid water, it's only grease that's on the sealed surface of the leather. If it's really bad you can buy a leather restoration kit, with this you sand the leather off a bit, uses an alcohol cleaner, a dye and then a matt sealer put on with a supplied airbrush.
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How did you manage that? mines always been a 'lovely' shiny finish!
I used Flash Magic Eraser, worked a treat. Only 2 at most supermarkets.
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I used Flash Magic Eraser, worked a treat. Only 2 at most supermarkets.
They do work well, but you don't want to press on too much otherwise it takes the seal off the leather. Hence why i know about the leather rejuvenation kit, ripped the crap out of my 156's steering wheel with the magic eraser rubbing too hard.
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More like what have CityLink done to my 159. They've got a brand new top suspension mount that they want me to collect by tomorrow from their depot about 15 miles away. I asked if I was likely to have to wait and get frustrated, the Lady said a lot of depots have had people waiting 4 hrs plus. Wasted time + icy roads= I think I'll stick with being mildly frustrated at losing 35 and a top mount. They didn't try to deliver it either and it's not moral to get money back from Ebayer.
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It's dedicated exhaust for 159, made by ULTER. Plug and play fit, took 30 minutes to do the job. Gives you nice sound when accelerating but nice and quiet when crusing. And it's aesthetic, don't think it gives you any extra BHP.

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Booked her in with Duncan Slade in Bristol for a new lower wishbone thanks to a dodgy bush. He even told me not to go with the Alfa wishbone (375 + VAT!! ) and told me he could get a good aftermarket part for less than half the price. Top man.
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Finally got around to fitting a fixitsan dongle to remove the EML caused by blanking the EGR I did last week. Had to blank it as I couldn't afford the frequent trouser cleaning bill from not being able to rely on the car pulling away cleanly every time I negotiated a roundabout. Its transformed the engine. Now it consistently pulls away cleanly. I don't have to ride the clutch on the off chance there's is no power when I need it. Should save the clutch at least
Next stop, checking the DPF is clean and breathing clearly.
Oh washed and polished out some of the scratches so the outside looks as good as it now runs.

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Just use a cloth dipped in very hot fairy liquid water, it's only grease that's on the sealed surface of the leather. If it's really bad you can buy a leather restoration kit, with this you sand the leather off a bit, uses an alcohol cleaner, a dye and then a matt sealer put on with a supplied airbrush.
Just cleaned mine with fairy liquid and can't believe the difference, like new now. Cheers
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Came back from holiday to Europe. Whole trip - 1700 miles, TROUBLE FREE miles :-) I love this car ;-)
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Gave it & the GT a bloody good clean
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not just a clean , a bloody good clean ,top man
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Booked her in with Duncan Slade in Bristol for a new lower wishbone thanks to a dodgy bush. He even told me not to go with the Alfa wishbone (375 + VAT!! ) and told me he could get a good aftermarket part for less than half the price. Top man.

Have you considered the power flex option? Retain the wishbone and insert the new bush ( so save on parts but a bit more labour), with better handling as a result?


Any spelling/ grammatical errors are purely there to annoy!
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Bought the lower engine steady bar and oil filter for the 159 from my trusty Alfa spares shop, (The Spare Place), today, ready for fitment on Friday. I have to wait a few weeks for them to get in the lower control arm rear bush that is also needed. Yesterday I gave the GT and 159 a thorough wash, so they are looking beautiful in their Stromboli Grey. Tomorrow we are going to the south coast for a pub lunch. Not sure which car we will take, but both are sheer joy of course.
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put the Brera up for sale on Autotrader, sad but true :0(

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After being away for holidays for a bit more than two weeks, I took her out for a spin! Started on the first try despite freezing temperatures during those two weeks.
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Have you considered the power flex option? Retain the wishbone and insert the new bush ( so save on parts but a bit more labour), with better handling as a result?


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Yeah I had thought about it quite a lot and although better feel does sound appealing, with the stiffer S springs and dampers I've already had fitted the ride is plenty hard enough for me, so I don't want to harden it up any more.
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Gave it a wash and wax and a thorough clean as headed away for a weeks road trip tomorrow with a friend from the USA who is arriving today. (Sue from Wisconsin). Then sat in it and thought to myself; after driving a mates German Ford yesterday (BMW), the Alfa is simply a nice place to be, so much more style than the German Ford.
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put the Brera up for sale on Autotrader, sad but true :0(

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So what's next on the cards for you? I understand yours is a modified Brera is that right?
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