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changed out my tan leather interior for a nice black sports TI interior loveing the change!
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changed out my tan leather interior for a nice black sports TI interior loveing the change!
I take it the sports interior is a bit special? I bought my 159 because of the crema interior (some may call it tan ). I hate black cars but the interior made it for me. Can't imagine black in black
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it has, in my opinion, nicer stitching and feels firmer and holds you better in the car. ultimately its a subjective thing i perfur it, the cream/tan/hearing aid colour was a bit too old man for me.

also i have had a TI in the past and loved it but couldnt find a 3.2 Q4 Ti so doing a convertion, rightly or wrongly, but what ever makes you smile right?
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Can't recommend AutoGlym Aquawax highly enough.. best stuff out there, try some.. use the microfibre cloths and you can even use it in the rain!
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Washed it...badly...how do I get the hard water marks off a black car. Must add vinegar next time.
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Changed my handbrake & gearshift gaiters for leather items with red stitching - looks awesome matching the leather dash now!
Why didn't they do it to the S to start with....?
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Fitted new brakes and discs for all wheels. Previous set lasted around 60K km, so it was well about time!
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Just got Nero back from Ned and the boys at AutoLusso, amongst trillions of other things done, Bilston B4/Eibach set up and powerflex bushes, Tarox discs all round and powder coated calipers. Oh, and 15 minutes ago slung on 19 prodrives with F1 Assy3 rubber. Jeez, I knew the calipers would be close, but I'm sure you can still slide a couple of fag papers in between
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159 back from the paint shop also change the central pinnacle ,surrounding strips and steering wheel from silver to carbon fibre
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Added a little console bling with stainless steel bezels on the gauges and vents too.
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it's worth noting also that although I have the qtronic I have the garrett turbo from the 210 cars as my stock one gave up the ghost to I replaced with the better unit....and that gives more flexibility
Sounds good. How much was this conversion?
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Sounds good. How much was this conversion?
Well it was the cost of a new turbo plus 5 hours labour (although that included 1 hour diagnostic and general car health check)...so all in it was £890......£590 for reconditioned turbo from autolusso and then 5 hours labour.

having said all that, if you are going to replace the turbo (and I wish I'd looked more carefully before doing it - but I had no choice and didn't think to look further) then you might consider a hybrid turbo from autolusso instead of just a straight forward garrett jobbie.

I've no experience of them myself but im told by people I trust that they make a huge difference the the mappability and performance potential - that would of course cost more than just a straight turbo swap. Give Ned at AL an email or call and he can explain better than I can

Also you need to consider if you go down the hybrid route you want to bother going that far given that you may then need to give some thought to beefing up the clutch etc....or whether you want to risk the auto. The auto is a very strong unit, but even so personally i'd be reluctant to test it against what that engine is truly capable of without making changes
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Nice, where did you get the stainless steel bezels on the gauges?
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Nice, where did you get the stainless steel bezels on the gauges?
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3006533271...84.m1436.l2649

although they also just do the 3 auxiliary gauges by themselves.
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Are they stuck on or push fit only?
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Are they stuck on or push fit only?
Just push fit. You just ream the inside of the surround enough so that it tightly grabs when you push fit. Doesn't scratch or mark, and ideal also if you want to carbon vinyl the console as they would hide the cut around the dial binnacles.
Vid below showing a 'how to', but obviously there isn't the need to remove parts from car to fit...just all in situ.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOb6kZ4_HIQ
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Touched up roadrash on the drivers side rear arch using Chipex kit.

Pretty pleased with the result but will need another 1 or 2 passes to get it good enough for me to add the heli tape to the area.

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In the last four weeks I've:

Fitted four new parking sensors, so they now work, eventually.
Fitted two new shiny front fog lights.
Repaired both screen washer jets, so they now work.
Fitted a new non-return valve to the headlamp washers, so they now work.
Repaired a leaky SV roof with sealant.
Treated it to four new tyres, the old ones were only half worn but they were cracking.
Replaced the battery in an attempt to cure misfire, didn't work.
Replaced alternator to cure flickering in lighting and dashboard illumination. This also cured the engine misfire.
Refitted the original wiper blades with new refills. Ditched the ugly Bosch replacements.
Had a service at Peak Alfa.
But best of all, had a front end respray to get rid of stone chips and paint bloom caused by a car cover.

All to celebrate my Brera's tenth birthday.
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In the last four weeks I've:

Fitted four new parking sensors, so they now work, eventually.
Fitted two new shiny front fog lights.
Repaired both screen washer jets, so they now work.
Fitted a new non-return valve to the headlamp washers, so they now work.
Repaired a leaky SV roof with sealant.
Treated it to four new tyres, the old ones were only half worn but they were cracking.
Replaced the battery in an attempt to cure misfire, didn't work.
Replaced alternator to cure flickering in lighting and dashboard illumination. This also cured the engine misfire.
Refitted the original wiper blades with new refills. Ditched the ugly Bosch replacements.
Had a service at Peak Alfa.
But best of all, had a front end respray to get rid of stone chips and paint bloom caused by a car cover.

All to celebrate my Brera's tenth birthday.
jebers! good effort!....next job work like a dog for months to pay off those credit cards
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But best of all, had a front end respray to get rid of stone chips and paint bloom caused by a car cover.
Was that the bonnet, bumper and sides? Cost much?
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Dropped the hood - summer's here!!
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Dropped the hood - summer's here!!
Thats what its all about
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Was that the bonnet, bumper and sides? Cost much?
Bonnet and wings only but paint had to be stripped back to bare metal due to damage caused by car cover.

£550 at local paint shop, great job.

Saw a red GT with a black roof (a la SZ) at NAD, looked very smart. Wondering what my Brera would look like with that treatment.
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jebers! good effort!....next job work like a dog for months to pay off those credit cards
Yep, not much of the old age pension left each week now.
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Repaired both screen washer jets, so they now work.
How did you fix it? I have a single jet not working


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Saw a red GT with a black roof (a la SZ) at NAD, looked very smart. Wondering what my Brera would look like with that treatment.
I saw it too, but had mixed feeling. It looked nice from a distance but I wasn't so sure about it close up.

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