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Unfortunately not the car was running in limp mode. I know I need to take on her on the motorway a bit more often
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I was reluctant initially, but decided that I'd give Red X diesel additive a go. 125 ml/50 litres. I've tried it for 3 successive times now, and I've got to say, it's much quieter in idle, and, much to the surprise of my wife, far more, erm.....'responsive' shall we say, especially on the motorway. Should've seen the look on her face ! Got the Red X from Costco. Be careful though, the Petrol option is on the same stand.
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I was reluctant initially, but decided that I'd give Red X diesel additive a go. 125 ml/50 litres. I've tried it for 3 successive times now, and I've got to say, it's much quieter in idle, and, much to the surprise of my wife, far more, erm.....'responsive' shall we say, especially on the motorway. Should've seen the look on her face ! Got the Red X from Costco. Be careful though, the Petrol option is on the same stand.
Have a search for the diesel rhino thread, a similar (some would argue superior) product, available in 5l bottles which works out cheaper if you intend to dose regularly.
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I've just collected my car from the garage yesterday, MVC in Sale - good outfit . My turbo gave up the ghost on my 159 2.4 qtronic, and i have had refitted in its place the garrett jobbie from the 210 version. Pulls like a train so I'm pretty happy with that
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New brakes and discs, new aux. belt and pulley and large serivce
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My HiD's independently go out. Sometimes it's the offside and sometimes the nearside. Switch the lights off and on and they come back in. Trying work out of it is the bulbs or not.

Thinking not because it seems worse in the rain and I think the control ballast (whatever it is called) are right behind the bumper.
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Replaced both rear wheel bearings and removed the Xenon dipped beams and LED main beams as they somethings showed errors. I know the cars for sale and may say why bother? But that's how I am and I hope others would act the same in return (although I doubt it) :-)
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My HiD's independently go out. Sometimes it's the offside and sometimes the nearside. Switch the lights off and on and they come back in. Trying work out of it is the bulbs or not.

Thinking not because it seems worse in the rain and I think the control ballast (whatever it is called) are right behind the bumper.
What make are they?
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I usually let Monza Sport do anything to the Brera, so I have the stamp in the book, but decided to change the engine and gearbox oil myself. This was because it was an interim engine oils change (at 10K) and I wanted to use Fuchs oil as recommended by Auto Lusso. I got the oils and a filter from Opie oils at a good price. The engine had the 5/40 Titan GTI and 75/80 Titan Sintofluid in the gear box.

Now, with new pads front and rear, a new set of GY F1's and the engine and gearbox oils changed the car is quieter, stops better, changes gear more smoothly and the engine sounds better.

I will change the Spiders gearbox oil over to the Fuchs Titan Sintofuid soon as I can, its a worth while change and will ,I hope, help preserve the M32.

One moan though, after one of the under tray screws broke off, and not the first it seems, why the hell dont the pro mechanics put some copper neverseaze on them from day one? There must be 4 on my car broken off, a liitle neverseaze would have saved that happening.

Someone said to me, "so whats so special about an Alfa Romeo then?" I told him, "If you have to ask, you wont understand".

Driving Brera S 2.2, wife drives 939 Spider 2.2, plus now a 147 1.6 TS whilst the Spider hibernates and there is a 1972 Spider 2000 S2 in the garage for fun days.
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Having the front bumper, bonnet and rear bumper respray
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What make are they?
How do you tell? Did Alfa use different suppliers?
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How do you tell? Did Alfa use different suppliers?
OK, are they OE then, not aftermarket?
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Gave the inside a good clean, and replaced the LED sidelights (again), this set lasted about 6-9months, which is much better than the flat cobs (brightest but didn't last much more than a week or two) getting silly now
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OK, are they OE then, not aftermarket?
I believe so. They have washers and you see them level when switched on. So if they're not OE they are pretty good ones except for them going off
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new brembo discs and pads, front and back.
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new brembo discs and pads, front and back.
How much did that set you back with? Is just mine are due soon and would like to prepare for......

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new brembo discs and pads, front and back.
Rear discs and pads is quite a rare thing to do. Big mileage or symptoms of something amiss?
I only ask as I get an intermittent squealing/whistling which I think must be brake-related.
I changed the front discs and pads less than 10k miles ago, so suspect something at the rear.
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new brembo discs and pads, front and back.
Rear discs and pads is quite a rare thing to do. Big mileage or symptoms of something amiss?
I only ask as I get an intermittent squealing/whistling which I think must be brake-related.
I changed the front discs and pads less than 10k miles ago, so suspect something at the rear.
Rears are know to jam, the slider pins are the culprits
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Rears are know to jam, the slider pins are the culprits
yeah the rears had been done before but i think there was a binding issue. may as well get the whole lot done whilst it was in the local indy. got the bits from alfisti.net - cracking service and a pleasure to use.
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Jump started it, not sure what the cause, drove 100miles on Thursday, and battery is under 1year old.
I have had short battery life problems. Last year (7 yrs old) it began needing increasing attempts to start. Finally it would not start at all and off it went to the garage. A faulty ECU was diagnosed after many hours. The cure was painfully expensive but did work. I know the old ECU failed to turn on things it should have - automatic rear wiper when reversing with front wipers on - and I suspect the old ECU left things turned on that should have been turned off. I hope your problem is cheaper ;-).
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