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Also cleaned throttle body and MAP sensor, what a difference that makes!

And last I removed the rust from the front chassis members, put 3 layers of protective anti rust coating on it and 3 layers of black protective spray.

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Well, today I just puttered around town.

But on Saturday, I drove between Edinburgh and The Isle of Skye and back again. Sometimes through blizzard conditions. The 159 handled it with aplomb. I got stuck in Invergarry on a steep section but switched off the ASR and managed to get the car going again.

I've had the car for a couple of weeks now. Sold a two-year old BMW m135i to the dealer who sold me the 159. I don't regret the change of car. The 159 is a cracking drive.

It has a few issues to iron out but none appear to be urgent. There's a stutter at 1500rpm when I'm accelerating hard, the rear left window safety mechanism is faulty and displaying an error, and the audio system will be getting upgraded shortly. And the power steering seems to be a bit heavy and shuddery at low speeds. Otherwise feels good to drive. My partner, who has an A3 loves the 159.
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Just picked up my 2.4 ti and have a little worry that something maybe wrong... I requested before I bought that they had the Cambelt done, which it has with a full service aswell.

So the problem is it struggles on the very first start of the day, fires up then can't catch the correct revs and cuts out, second start and it's fine but tick over is very unsettled. Also produces a fair amount of smoke on tick over can smell inside aswell. Once in gear and driving all seems perfect! Just wondering would this be a issue with the recent Cambelt change? Also occasionally with the first start up it throws up a fault glow plug light flashes but then it's fine? Any input much appreciated!

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I think on mine the battery is slowly on it's way out. On occasion if I have not used it for a while it will throw a ABS warning message (so quick I don't get chance to read it). I constantly get a glow plug warning light and they do not work. I need to fix that... in the summer though.

Not sure why there might be black smoke, but then I have never looked at any of mine when starting, mostly on this 159, 2.4 it has been in the dark anyway
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Just picked up my 2.4 ti and have a little worry that something maybe wrong... I requested before I bought that they had the Cambelt done, which it has with a full service aswell.

So the problem is it struggles on the very first start of the day, fires up then can't catch the correct revs and cuts out, second start and it's fine but tick over is very unsettled. Also produces a fair amount of smoke on tick over can smell inside aswell. Once in gear and driving all seems perfect! Just wondering would this be a issue with the recent Cambelt change? Also occasionally with the first start up it throws up a fault glow plug light flashes but then it's fine? Any input much appreciated!

Cheers.
Do you have access to MultiECUscan? would be worth checking when the DPF had it's last regeneration and have a look at the back pressure. Plus you can check lots of other tell tale readings to help diagnose.
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February Detailing competition now open for entries http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/car-d...n-entries.html (February Detailing Competition Entries)

Don't let the title put you off, it doesn't have to be a full detail, a wash & a clean will do, if your car looks good take some pics & submit them

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Just picked up my 2.4 ti and have a little worry that something maybe wrong... I requested before I bought that they had the Cambelt done, which it has with a full service aswell.

So the problem is it struggles on the very first start of the day, fires up then can't catch the correct revs and cuts out, second start and it's fine but tick over is very unsettled. Also produces a fair amount of smoke on tick over can smell inside aswell. Once in gear and driving all seems perfect! Just wondering would this be a issue with the recent Cambelt change? Also occasionally with the first start up it throws up a fault glow plug light flashes but then it's fine? Any input much appreciated!

Cheers.
Do you have access to MultiECUscan? would be worth checking when the DPF had it's last regeneration and have a look at the back pressure. Plus you can check lots of other tell tale readings to help diagnose.

Hey Tim thansk for reply, I'm getting it booked into italia speed near Newbury I'm not sure if they can do that. Hopefully they can I will certainly mention it, the garage I bought it from are being really helpful and said they will pay for whatver needs doing so I hope they keep to that. It is under warranty so surely they have to?
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Well, today I just puttered around town.

But on Saturday, I drove between Edinburgh and The Isle of Skye and back again. Sometimes through blizzard conditions. The 159 handled it with aplomb. I got stuck in Invergarry on a steep section but switched off the ASR and managed to get the car going again.

I've had the car for a couple of weeks now. Sold a two-year old BMW m135i to the dealer who sold me the 159. I don't regret the change of car. The 159 is a cracking drive.

It has a few issues to iron out but none appear to be urgent. There's a stutter at 1500rpm when I'm accelerating hard, the rear left window safety mechanism is faulty and displaying an error, and the audio system will be getting upgraded shortly. And the power steering seems to be a bit heavy and shuddery at low speeds. Otherwise feels good to drive. My partner, who has an A3 loves the 159.
That's some trek for a day trip, esp at this time of year! Glad to hear the 159 made it ok.
I did a similar journey about 19 years ago in a '85 Cavalier SRi and the headlamp switch packed up while I was trying to use main beam in the pitch black of a February evening, also near Invegarry on the A87. Had to drive a few miles trying to avoid the sheep and pot holes, holding the rotary light switch in the on position till it fixed itself. That was fun
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Just read through your link to this mod....AMAZING! Keep up the good work sir
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Today I spent the day at Autolusso working with Ned and his team on the cooler mod discussed earlier in this thread. It worked a treat http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/image...ies/thumbs.gif

Full details on my blog as it was easier to write it once: Alfa 159 Gearbox Cooler Modification | Jabablog
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That's some trek for a day trip, esp at this time of year! Glad to hear the 159 made it ok.
I did a similar journey about 19 years ago in a '85 Cavalier SRi and the headlamp switch packed up while I was trying to use main beam in the pitch black of a February evening, also near Invegarry on the A87. Had to drive a few miles trying to avoid the sheep and pot holes, holding the rotary light switch in the on position till it fixed itself. That was fun
Sounds like a nightmare

The lack of toilets and decent snacks are a nightmare on that journey. Stale sandwiches and a strong sphincter!
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Fitted a Pioneer SPH-DA120 head unit today. Haven't fitted a head unit to a car for many years. It took about six hours but it was worth it. The unit works very well with my iPhone 6 plus and Car Play works well. Almost ditched the GPS antenna figuring I wouldn't need it, however, glad I retrieved it from the bin because the head unit needs reception to set the time. Apparently Apple Maps works without a mobile connection and uses the GPS antenna via the head unit to get the cars gengrapic position. Anyway, it looks and sounds a thousand times better than the stock head unit.
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Fitted a Pioneer SPH-DA120 head unit today. Haven't fitted a head unit to a car for many years. It took about six hours but it was worth it. The unit works very well with my iPhone 6 plus and Car Play works well. Almost ditched the GPS antenna figuring I wouldn't need it, however, glad I retrieved it from the bin because the head unit needs reception to set the time. Apparently Apple Maps works without a mobile connection and uses the GPS antenna via the head unit to get the cars gengrapic position. Anyway, it looks and sounds a thousand times better than the stock head unit.
Great with Deezer & Spotify too if you have an account

However, I need to have a SIRI that understands a Mancunian accent for CARPLAY to work
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New battery, and alternator,disconnect Connect GPS!

Alternator light came on so suspected charging problem. Garage believed immediately the problem was the battery...which was knackered, but then surely not too much of a surprise if the alternator was playing up. My confidence with the alternator diagnosis came in part from threads on this forum but also from the clear information here: Alfa 159 and Brera dashboard warning lights
Anyway, turns out there was also a massive draw on the battery from the radio/gps unit so garage unplugged that. Pick up car after new battery fitted (took a while due to garage ordering wrong size twice) and as soon as the revs go past 2k when the alternator would kick in, you guessed it, the alternator warning light comes on! The slightly smug feeling of being correct in my initial diagnosis wears off quickly with a price tag of over 500 euros for new alternator including fitting! Still, she is running very nicely and I can hear it all the better without any tunes!

New to the forum and finding it a great source of info and advice, especially now that I am looking to replace the original radio/gps (btw, was quoted over 5000 euros for a new replacement OEM unit!!, surely no one ever buys one?
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B E A Utiful and in the best colour. I do really like that
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Just got the car back from italia speed in Newbury, new glow plugs fitted....still cut out on first few starts anyone heard of this BG engine clean? Where they out your car pretty much in a drip of additives for 30-40 mins supposed to clean the whole thing back to as new? I've heard good things from it anyone know of a local place to me (Andover Hampshire)
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Fitted the Brera grille badge thingy, with the Guilia style Alfa badge.
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I spent an hour stationary on the M25 while a car transporter blazed and took four brand New Peugeot's it was transporting with it.

Finally got to Autolusso to collect my new key fob and Ned programmed it for me
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Painted the front calipers on my 159, pearl metallic Ferrari red. Very similar to the metallic red on the new giulia!!
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Painted the front calipers on my 159, pearl metallic Ferrari red. Very similar to the metallic red on the new giulia!!
Looks lovely!! I have the 2.4 ti and the callipers are in need of a re spray what paint did you use and where from? Any links?

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This is the one I used, seems good quality although time will tell! Gave both front calipers 3 coats and didn't even use a quarter of the tin!!
The pictures don't do it justice, looks nicer in person!
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Painted the front calipers on my 159, pearl metallic Ferrari red. Very similar to the metallic red on the new giulia!!
Fantastic job .
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Just got back from a trip to the US, and my new HID kit and CREE bulbs have arrived, guess what I will be doing next weekend if the rain ever stops !!
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