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But overall it is the car I loved more and today I just decided to start looking for a 3.2 red
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The Sportwagon had to have a new alternator fitted last week. We got a genuine one from one of our indy Alfa parts shops for $690. The other shop had a Marelli one for the same price but it required modification to fit. It stranded my wife at school and it was a saga getting it towed. The patrolman pushed the car into the middle of the car park and left the key in the slot and the gearshift in park, only for the tow truck driver to say there was nowhere to hook his cable and drive off. It was then impossible to move the gearshift and get the key out, so another patrol was called, who managed to jump the totally flat battery enough to get the car into neutral and move it to a lock up area where it stayed for the weekend. Then on Monday my wife had to get a patrol and a tow truck to turn up at the same time to jump the battery and move the car, then tow it. That driver had no problem at all hooking his cable to the tow hook at the back and pulling the car onto the truck backwards, just like the guy did two weeks earlier when a coolant leak stranded the car.

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Put half a tank of BP 'Ultimate Diesel' in it and drove to Birmingham and back from Oxford. Didn't notice much of a difference, but I 'spose it's better for the engine once 'n' a while. Also, found online, a place in Berlin that has those insides for the front wheel arches for only 18 quid each. Got them posted and they were fitted last week. Perfect fit.
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Put half a tank of BP 'Ultimate Diesel' in it and drove to Birmingham and back from Oxford. Didn't notice much of a difference, but I 'spose it's better for the engine once 'n' a while. Also, found online, a place in Berlin that has those insides for the front wheel arches for only 18 quid each. Got them posted and they were fitted last week. Perfect fit.

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+1 on the link. I've put some v power diesel in at the car seems to like it...
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Buy Car Parts direct online: cheap Auto Parts, Car Spares, Car Parts UK
They're in Berlin though. The website is a bit tricky, but plough through and you'll find what you're looking for. I found the wheel arch liners under the heading 'Body', then the subheading 'mudguards'. There's heaps of other stuff too, and they have a UK hotline number.
Happy hunting.
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Getting my wheels refurbished and brake calipers repainted on my 159 TI!
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Buy Car Parts direct online: cheap Auto Parts, Car Spares, Car Parts UK
They're in Berlin though. The website is a bit tricky, but plough through and you'll find what you're looking for. I found the wheel arch liners under the heading 'Body', then the subheading 'mudguards'. There's heaps of other stuff too, and they have a UK hotline number.
Happy hunting.
When I was looking for a suspension part I was struck by how often this company came up in many different domains. So I doubt that they have a UK store.

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Today I just washed it again ... what a car ...
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Brera washed & away, keeping the Spider company
Drove my Brera for the first time in almost 5 weeks. Nice
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Drove my Brera for the first time in almost 5 weeks. Nice
did it start first time
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did it start first time
The CTEK saw to that

Brakes were binding a bit & rough for the first mile or so. All good after that
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Alarm repaired/rearmed
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Driving my Brera from Zurich to Rome during this long night... so nice to stay many hours with her and my thoughts only.
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Driving my Brera from Zurich to Rome during this long night... so nice to stay many hours with her and my thoughts only.
Sounds idyllic, enjoy the ride mate!
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Black Calipers painted on my Spider (will show pics later), and resprayed the plastic roll bar that had been chipped because of sunroof catching the bar!
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Painted the engine subframe after I rubbed down all the rust and gave it a good clean. I used hammerite and came out really nice. Pleased.
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Friday, I had a garage put my summer tyres/wheels on, swapping corners. I replaced Nokian WR D3 225/50 on 17" rims with Goodyear F1 Asymmetric 2 235/45 on 18" rims. I am surprised how much heavier the steering is.

I walked to three neighbourhood garages before I found a guy who could do the work. I'd rather not change tyres whilst parked on the street as long as I've got money in my pocket. He charged me 25, which I thought was very reasonable. Add a fiver as a tip and it was still cheaper than the guy who swapped my summers for winters by 5/corner.

The hardest thing I had to do was load/unload my tyred wheels. I've got a valeting job to do now... on me AND the car. They don't look so big and dirty when they're on the Brera.

Today, the driver's window refused to close, stopping an inch before the top. Three times I tried, before doing the ten second reset trick. It's up now.

I've had a couple of electronic glitches recently and am wondering about the health of the 17 month old battery. Or the alternator. So, that's my next project...
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I had the 159 booked in at Autolusso yesterday to get them to do their Waxoyl treatment on the underneath. And whilst there I got sold on the idea of the Powerflex lower arm bushes, so that'll be for my next visit.

From what I can see on my hands & knees, with the car back home, the floor underneath looks to have a nice uniform dark grey / black coating on it now, but I was surprised and a little disappointed to hear that they don't go into any of the nooks & crannies inside the chassis/unibody to prevent rust from taking a hold from the inside

All in all tho, very impressed with the place
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I had the 159 booked in at Autolusso yesterday to get them to do their Waxoyl treatment on the underneath. And whilst there I got sold on the idea of the Powerflex lower arm bushes, so that'll be for my next visit.

From what I can see on my hands & knees, with the car back home, the floor underneath looks to have a nice uniform dark grey / black coating on it now, but I was surprised and a little disappointed to hear that they don't go into any of the nooks & crannies inside the chassis/unibody to prevent rust from taking a hold from the inside

All in all tho, very impressed with the place
So don't they clean it off before waxoyling then ? Strange not to squirt it into all the voids though , surely that's the unseen danger area. The frames on mine I've rubbed off any rust then used BILTHAMBER 80 on it to hold it until a full job can be done.
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Discovered a nice blue parking scrap on the rear right corner, grrrr


Any spelling/ grammatical errors are purely there to annoy!
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