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Checked the calendar, and only have 20 more days till she's on the road. That test drive feels like a lifetime ago.

Deciding on whether to get the EGR off for a clean...it only has 33,000 on it, but its been sat around for a while, with infrequent idling and not a properly good run...Think I might just take it for a proper thrash when she's on the road, should clean it up a bit.

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Booked him in for a good and proper service tomorrow, hope the spider enjoys it more than Barclays will!
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Booked him in for a good and proper service tomorrow, hope the spider enjoys it more than Barclays will!
Where are you booked in, Monza Sport?
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Yeah they were good down there, I was going to go to Mark at West Sussex Alfa but tried to call him so many times! The Spider is loving the fresh oil! Need to get a strut for the bonnet soon
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Fitted new brake pedal switch (the end to Hill-Climb VDC error messages)
Fitted new inner rear light cluster - easy and gets rid of the superglue fix to the crack I put in it!.
New sidelight bulb - still easy.

Then disconnected battery and cleaned every single engine sensor connector, cleaned traces of oil in intake-thottle body (breather from front bank has spit some vapour through over the 95k miles). This little exercise has seen a fuel consumption improvement from indicated average of 25mpg to 28mpg. That's almost economical for a Q4 V6!

Sat waiting to be fitted are Autolusso brake pipes, new slotted&drilled front discs and pads.
Oil filter for oil change.
And somewhere hidden a very shiny and non-standard colour set of 18inch 7-horseshoe rims waiting for the 17inch Goodyear Efficient grips to wear (which are lasting very well and wearing even- thankyou JJB of York).

I might clean it this month too! (and then attend to the front flaky chrome bits with matt black plasticoat)

- V6 Q4 SW usually mud brown and not Titanium Grey (Spider S3 QV is Rosso Corsa)
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I might clean it this month too! (and then attend to the front flaky chrome bits with matt black plasticoat)
I did this some time ago, worked well.
http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-...-my-159-a.html

I have updated the operating system on my factory satnav today, Its better with 12.3 update and new maps but still no post code search. But much better.
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Yeah they were good down there, I was going to go to Mark at West Sussex Alfa but tried to call him so many times! The Spider is loving the fresh oil! Need to get a strut for the bonnet soon
You wont be disappointed with Monza Sport, I've known those guys many years, way before I owned an Alfa Romeo. Kevin, head tech, has been an Alfa Romeo/Fiat tech since he started out.

We bought our Spider from them earlier this year.
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2008 diesel spider doing an oil change. The screws on that engine tray are an utter pain. All the heads shear off !
On a positive note just back from a 1000 mile Scotland trip. Roof down all the way from Fife to Bedfordshire and only six inches of water rushed out through door when I stopped.
(Only joking weather was glorious.)
Cruise control set to 80. 48 mpg average. Utter bliss. Elsewhere in the forum there is a really good review about the pros and cons of owning a diesel Spider. He listed one of the cons as the " agricultural noise at tick over." he is right however it's a bit like saying you own Cheryl Cole but on the downside she has got a Geordie accent. I like the Geordie accent and I like the tickover on my Spider!!
Just reading forum with some time to spare at last. If you are going to get a spider you must get the diesel and get it, as I did, remapped. Sorry but 10 - 14 mpg for the 3.2 is ridiculous. It cost me about 120 to do my Scottish trip. Do it in a 3.2 and it would cost probably in excess of 500!!!
I don't care how much money you have that is utterly ridiculous
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Just reading forum with some time to spare at last. If you are going to get a spider you must get the diesel and get it, as I did, remapped. Sorry but 10 - 14 mpg for the 3.2 is ridiculous. It cost me about 120 to do my Scottish trip. Do it in a 3.2 and it would cost probably in excess of 500!!!
I don't care how much money you have that is utterly ridiculous
Strange I get 25 to 28mpg from my Q4 V6!
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Well, did clean that MAP sensor thing today, was full of an oily stuff! then leave it iddling for about 5 minutes and felt nothing special from the car!!! gotta go for a spin to see if something feels diferent when cruising!
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Took it in to NJS in Pershore for a DPF bypass & remap. MASSIVE difference to performance - and also to mpg: 80 mile journey there = 42mpg; same journey back 47mpg!

And that's even with a dodgy inlet manifold which they discovered when doing the work. Unfortunately, that's going to need sorting too :-(
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Followed Pete's guide on cleaning the intake manifold. Was a bit gunked up and definitely benefited from the clean, so a good bit of preventative maintenance.
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My other half fitted the new strut brace that I recently purchased. It's too wet to take it for a spin so not sure if I will notice any difference in the ride, but it sure looks good in place
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More like this last week!

Replaced springs on rear suspension - also wayoyled under there and on the subframe.
All suspension units and rear brakes also cleaned.
Replaced all the loose fittings in rear.
Completely valeted the entire inside - carpet and leather.

Tidied up all the remaining loose harness in engine bay.
Removed all battery frame - cleaned and plastic coated then waxoyled.
Cleaned out the inlet track and the Air Filter.
Waxoyled behind the front bumper and plastic coated grille and fog surrounds.

Just needs a thorough polish!
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Removed the scratched silver aluminium fascia and gear lever surround, replaced with a new dark / black aluminium.
Installed 2 din Pioneer Sat Nav entertainment unit.
Installed dab Radio & TV.
Cleaned interior.
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taken it for a proper blast twice round the block today just for the hell of it. There's something very addictive about driving the Alfa. Perhaps it's as much the interior as anything- a nice place to be!
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Sent to body shop to have bonnet, bumper and wings resprayed! Now pottering around in Mrs.A's mini.... Bit of a size difference when it comes to parking....
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Removed the scratched silver aluminium fascia and gear lever surround, replaced with a new dark / black aluminium.
Installed 2 din Pioneer Sat Nav entertainment unit.
Installed dab Radio & TV.
Cleaned interior.
Photos?

Where did you get the dark/black aluminium? And how much?

And what DAB radio? I've got the Pioneer 2-din, but they don't do a DAB for it...
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Cleaned the interior after spending 80 on AutoGlym products! The leather seats look INCREDIBLE after treating them with leather balm.
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And now a new battery - original (from new) died while I doing all the work described above!
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Photos?

Where did you get the dark/black aluminium? And how much?

And what DAB radio? I've got the Pioneer 2-din, but they don't do a DAB for it...
Alpine DAB radio / TV (and Pioneer) review here:

http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/ice-a...59-review.html

Pics of new dash here:

http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-...stage-one.html
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Rinsed, washed, rinsed, mircofibre dried. M/C polished with compound (Meguiars), clay barred, polished, waxed. All a bit shiny now lol
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