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What have you done to your 159/Brera/Spider today?

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Have you used them Giblets ?
Yeh, with the eibachs too. Decided to swap them too after both my rear springs snapped. Seemed silly not to for the price, considered the b6/b8s as was worried about being too stiff (b4s are supposed to be a bit stiffer anyway),
The ride now seems far smoother, without the crashiness over bumps, and almost firmer through corners. about 0.5-1cm lower which looks better too


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All advisories up to date now, new upper wishbones and bushes, diff seals, lighter gear oil seems to make a big difference, underseal protection, new coolant.
Lighter in the pocket but happy to know its up together.
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Hi Matey,
It see you have a sportwagon, so before you go and buy your springs, it might be worth having a read on from here about my woes with Eibachs on the rear.http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-...-advice-6.html (159 TI Suspension Upgrade Advice)

You'll read that I now have custom made springs on the rear of mine and Eibachs on the front. I paid about 120 for the springs and they're very good quality from a quality source. They'll still have the specs if you decide to go down that route. The springs feel great, not hard, not saggy and deal with loads like 4 mountain bikes on a rack, roof box and fully loaded car easily. They sit 11cms from bottom of arch to top of 19" rim, my front Eibachs sit 10cms.

Alternatively, if you must have Eibachs, then you could buy mine which were only used for a matter of weeks, say 35 posted for the rear pair. They are the correct spec for sportwagon and were tested by Eibach and found to be fine, except they're sh&&te.
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I'll have a read through it when I have chance later.

Since being told they have snapped on Friday I seem to be noticing just how... squidgy is probably the best way to describe it... the back end feels.

But almost had a fit when the local dealer wanted over 200 for a pair of rear springs !!! and they are special order items !
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Took the latest edition to the family for his first ride in the 159 back from the hospital!


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Hi I have an 07 plate 2.2 jts Iv got a ticking noise as soon as I start it only when it's cold, soon as engine is warm after about mins it goes any ideas as what it can be

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Hi I have an 07 plate 2.2 jts Iv got a ticking noise as soon as I start it only when it's cold, soon as engine is warm after about mins it goes any ideas as what it can be

If it's fairly subtle, that's normal


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Every now and then, but more frequently recently, and only on 'First Start' when putting the key fob into the notch, all the display lights would drain away and the car wouldn't start (Qtroninc BTW). So, after enduring this again this morning, I decided to replace the battery.
Low and Behold, it's still the original battery in the vehicle (58). It was a Magnetti Marelli 12V 72Ah 570A Heavy duty, part No...71765419.
All is forgiven. It's lasted this long so not too bad all things (Italian) considered.
Replaced it with a Bosch S5 096 77AH 780 which fitted the battery tray perfectly. Got it feom Euro car parts in Abingdon (branches all over the place) for 96.70 inc VAT. Had to get it fitted at my local garage using a code 'rememberer' (not a real word) so I didn't lose any programmed info .
Will post further if it wasn't the battery.....................
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0C this morning for only the second or third time since I bought my 159 (October). Last time and this morning all the windows were frozen and the doors/handles. Also reversing sensors sound a continuous beep.
My GT before had frame-less doors those (apparently) dodgy door handles and reversing sensors and they never did anything like the 159.
Does anybody else have similar problems?

By the time I get to work all is well again. I've also noticed even with the glow plug fault the car starts fine. I have had the odd problem with a security message and then you need to press the brake to start the car as using the clutch when this happens won't start it. The problem clears up after about 5 miles. I do think as the above post that maybe the battery is on its last legs.

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Frozen rear brakes = new handbrake cable sheaths

First time I've parked her outside in freezing overnight temperatures and txt morning releasing the handbrake would not release the brake cable. Luckily car park is opposite friendly garage who hoisted her up and quickly diagnosed cracked outer sheathing for the handbrake cables (water entered and froze) and generally poor slide of the cable within the sheath. Two new cables ordered and was expecting easy job (as was mechanic). Turns out whole transmission tunnel armrest/handbrake console thing has to be removed and the rear "seats" (it's a Brera) to access the cabling. So, will be interesting to see the labour charge when I pick her up tomorrow. Still, I took advantage of dismantled middle console to see if the broken cigar lighter socket can be replaced. Every cloud...
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I had same constant beep from reversing sensors yesterday - same deal for me, first time the car has been in -0 C since I bought it in (snap) October! Not sure if it sorted itself out since I was more concerned with my frozen on rear brakes!


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0C this morning for only the second or third time since I bought my 159 (October). Last time and this morning all the windows were frozen and the doors/handles. Also reversing sensors sound a continuous beep.
My GT before had frame-less doors those (apparently) dodgy door handles and reversing sensors and they never did anything like the 159.
Does anybody else have similar problems?

By the time I get to work all is well again. I've also noticed even with the glow plug fault the car starts fine. I have had the odd problem with a security message and then you need to press the brake to start the car as using the clutch when this happens won't start it. The problem clears up after about 5 miles. I do think as the above post that maybe the battery is on its last legs.
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I had same constant beep from reversing sensors yesterday - same deal for me, first time the car has been in -0 C since I bought it in (snap) October! Not sure if it sorted itself out since I was more concerned with my frozen on rear brakes!
It is fine when I get into work. This morning it was a bleep bleep, they are obviously only close to the ice
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First time I've parked her outside in freezing overnight temperatures and txt morning releasing the handbrake would not release the brake cable. Luckily car park is opposite friendly garage who hoisted her up and quickly diagnosed cracked outer sheathing for the handbrake cables (water entered and froze) and generally poor slide of the cable within the sheath. Two new cables ordered and was expecting easy job (as was mechanic). Turns out whole transmission tunnel armrest/handbrake console thing has to be removed and the rear "seats" (it's a Brera) to access the cabling. So, will be interesting to see the labour charge when I pick her up tomorrow. Still, I took advantage of dismantled middle console to see if the broken cigar lighter socket can be replaced. Every cloud...
When I had mine replaced a few years back it was approx 4hrs labour charge as a result of what you've mentioned above
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When I had mine replaced a few years back it was approx 4hrs labour charge as a result of what you've mentioned above
It will be interesting to see how many hours he chargers me........when I get her back. Cables promised for yesterday never turned up, now it's Monday. All the way from Italy apparently!
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This week I brought the 159 to CM Garage in East Kilbride (Glasgow).. It has 125k Miles and other than a service (my choice, last one was 7000 miles ago..) only the glow plugs and the front suspensions bushings needed to be replaced. I'm quite happy with that because for the mileage these aren't major works..

The weekend I'm going to fit white H7 bulbs on the headlamps because the standard bulbs doesn't light anything in front of me... :/ Hate those yellowish lights.. I'd like Xenon but not now.

And yes I have as well the 12v socket broken loose, actually I don't even know if it works.. I see there's a small LED light on the front, will it light up when the socket is in use?


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Today, I've had two Eibach springs fitted to the rear of my 159 Ti, as both the original springs had snapped!

Thanks to a friendly ebayer, I got a pair of Eibach rear springs for less than the price of a single Alfa replacement!

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