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I was enjoying a night cruise yesterday on the highway when I was suddenly rear-ended by a blonde girl in her early 20's (if even) when braking for some roadworks. I saw it coming, as she didn't keep the distance but being a single lane I couldn't switch lanes and even though I used the emergency blinkers, she was too busy chatting with her friends and/or playing with her phone... as I walked over, I saw all of her friends in the car fingering their iPhones on Instagram/Facebook... damn kids today, not paying attention to anything but their own phones.

Anyways, luckily damage is not too bad, needs a repaint and maybe a new bumper, and it goes on her dad's insurance. I hope she learned the lesson.
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Full service at A for Alfa in Ayelsbury today. All filters replaced, MAP sensor cleaned, oil drained and replaced, and lo and behold.....found that it'd been 'mapped' before I bought it, that'd explain a few things, especially it being no slouch on the motorway and the really quick pick up from a standing start, oh,....lucky me. Taking it across the ditch into the badlands next month so it'll be interesting to see how it performs on the Autobahn now.
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Finally got a puncture repaired. My local garage had a go at it twice but still couldn't manage it.
Took it to Kwik Fit (groan), but actually they did a great job.
£25 to sort, hassle free.
If you have 19'' Acceleras as I do it could be debatable whether it's worth repairing a puncture or just buy a new tyre (£45 from Camskill, plus £10 to £15 to fit locally).
The thing is these tyres are so hard wearing - the punctured one had covered probably the best part of 10,000 miles but still has loads of tread left, so seemed pointless ordering a new tyre just for the hell of it.
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With a heavy heart it has come the time and have sold my 159 ;(

Thanks for all the advise on here over the years.. at least the wife still has the mito..

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Ordered service items from Opie Oils.
£48.64 including delivery for 6 litres of fully synthetic oil + oil, air and pollen filters.
Fantastic value, and a fair bit cheaper than Euro Car Parts whom I've always used in the past.
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Just done what my 159 sw 2.4 loves best....spending money on her, so...

1) threw out the previous owner's £40 remoulds and got new GY Eagle F1 Assym 3.

2) new braided brake hoses

3) new discs all round

4) Performance Friction pads up front and EBC red stuff pads at the back

5) auto gear box oil change

6) new N/S upper suspension arm (really ****ed off about that because it was only replaced 3 months ago with what turned out to be an inferior knock off part. Not impressed)

Also a thumbs up to NJS Alfa Romeo in Pershore. Top guys and a nice outfit there just dropped my fiat coupe off there too for work needing doing.
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^^ that lot will be a pretty penny. what discs did you go for?
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^^ that lot will be a pretty penny. what discs did you go for?
Yeh....totting it all up (I got the tyres and pads myself) it's probably added up to about £1700 quid or so.

Jesus. That's the first time I've added it all up actually. oops. I'll be on the baked beans for the next 3 months :S

I was never particularly happy with how the car stopped though, I'm glad to say it now has ferocious stopping power

I just went with original spec brembo discs. Possibly there are cheaper alternatives around and I'm sure they are good, but I wanted to be sure of quality specially given i've got pads now which will presumably wear the disc faster. I didn't bother with drilled or grooved as I'm not after a trackday monster, just a good GT cruiser type...and discs without holes in have a greater surface area for braking

worth noting as well, the gearbox feels much sharper and 'on the ball' since the gearbox oil change Also, it might be my imagination but the car feels more responsive/has a smidgen more gusto about it....perhaps a more efficient transfer of torque through the torque converter with nice new oil that hasn't degraded and thinned?
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i went with brembo pads/discs. they took a while to bed in but i'm happy with how they work now. think the pads create a bit more dust than the ones i replaced. funnily enough i got the 159 as i wasn't prepared to shell out on the 147 when it needed cambelt again. probably spent more on this one than i would have if i'd kept the 147. liking the go she's got though.
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I was enjoying a night cruise yesterday on the highway when I was suddenly rear-ended by a blonde girl in her early 20's (if even) when braking for some roadworks. I saw it coming, as she didn't keep the distance but being a single lane I couldn't switch lanes and even though I used the emergency blinkers, she was too busy chatting with her friends and/or playing with her phone... as I walked over, I saw all of her friends in the car fingering their iPhones on Instagram/Facebook... damn kids today, not paying attention to anything but their own phones.

Anyways, luckily damage is not too bad, needs a repaint and maybe a new bumper, and it goes on her dad's insurance. I hope she learned the lesson.
Unlikely, being as someone else is picking up the Tab. Unless someone is faced with the true cost of their actions, the lessons are never learned - I blame the E.U.
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With a heavy heart it has come the time and have sold my 159 ;(

Thanks for all the advise on here over the years.. at least the wife still has the mito..

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Oh well! That makes it OK does it? Car's nice, wife must be lovely.
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Yeh....totting it all up (I got the tyres and pads myself) it's probably added up to about £1700 quid or so.

Jesus. That's the first time I've added it all up actually. oops. I'll be on the baked beans for the next 3 months :S

I was never particularly happy with how the car stopped though, I'm glad to say it now has ferocious stopping power

I just went with original spec brembo discs. Possibly there are cheaper alternatives around and I'm sure they are good, but I wanted to be sure of quality specially given i've got pads now which will presumably wear the disc faster. I didn't bother with drilled or grooved as I'm not after a trackday monster, just a good GT cruiser type...and discs without holes in have a greater surface area for braking

worth noting as well, the gearbox feels much sharper and 'on the ball' since the gearbox oil change Also, it might be my imagination but the car feels more responsive/has a smidgen more gusto about it....perhaps a more efficient transfer of torque through the torque converter with nice new oil that hasn't degraded and thinned?
It's probably an illusion - but a nice on. Shows you're doing everything right. I agree with original spec discs.
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Bi-annual bath, and gave the hood a good going over with the Milton sterilising fluid - looks as good as new now.
Also touched up a few chips.
It'll be serviced in the next week or two as well.
Think I might be keeping it a 'bit' longer now...
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Gave it a good Italian tune-up - a great drive down some of Lancashire's glorious country lanes between Preston and Clitheroe, hood-down of course.
No sign of the sun on the way back, and black clouds looked threatening, but got it back into its home without having to do a 5 minute manual put-roof-up at the side of the road like a burk!
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Re-gassed the A/C again (3rd time now in 10 months). I think I have a leak.

Anyway I removed the pollen filter and the fan works very well. I think I'll leave the A/C once it empties. It did used to steam up in the winter without it but now the fan actually works I reckon it will be fine.
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Correction, should read off ramp to the M40 Nth.

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Nasty blowout if the offside rear tyre this afternoon. M25, off ramp to the M40 Nth. 2 new Pirellis ordered.
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Hi all, I have recently bought a 159 Ti, 2.4 with 48000 on the dial and am very impressed with it. I 've just got it back from an ALFA specialist where it was treated to a DPF delete, EGR delete and Remap. The car has been turned into a beast that has given me a smile from ear to ear. The difference it has made to the car is more than I could've hoped for. Love it,
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Replaced bonnet catch, first time removing bumper, rust treated front struts not that they couldn't be replaced for not a lot of money, topped up coolant and put the engine cover back on for the first time in 8 months. Also tried to fix vibrating wing mirrors when closing front doors to no avail (think it's the glass knocking on the mounting bracket).

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