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So not really related but I thought I would abuse this thread to rally some interest / support for our models

For those of you that missed it, AO is having a car of the year competition: http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/poll-...-vote-now.html (AlfaOwner Car of the Year 2013: Vote Now!)

There are cars from every lounge in there including 2 ti's and 2 Brera's from ours. Now I have been watching it, not least because one of the cars nominated is my own and noticed that the voting is being monopolized by the Giulietta & 145 Lounges, so our newer models don't stand a chance against the hardcore Alfa Mafia.

As such, this is a call to arms! Fellow Alfa lovers that love the new and old models, get your fingers clicking and load up some votes in support of your favorite Alfa, old or new!

---- This concludes the party political vote mongering ----



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Just bought this 3.2 Spider. Previous owner had it wrapped in satin black/dark grey. Very distinctive. Already on the look out for some 19" 'S' wheels!
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Just bought this 3.2 Spider. Previous owner had it wrapped in satin black/dark grey. Very distinctive. Already on the look out for some 19" 'S' wheels!
Wraps don't normally do it for me but I would happily make an exception for that, looks lovely.
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Driven it for the first time this week, as i was being commuted all week long in a work colleague's Corsa. Man, did those German engineers thought about placing 5 big human males inside that thing? My 159 feels huge compared to that. So, no regens, no warning lights poping up, no weird sounds, nothing wrong whatsoever for the 200 miles driven... let's see...
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Just bought this 3.2 Spider. Previous owner had it wrapped in satin black/dark grey. Very distinctive. Already on the look out for some 19" 'S' wheels!
Looks lovely , I think a refurb of the current wheels in anthracite would also look pretty smart (for some reason I think the 19" wheels don't look 100% right on standard height suspension)
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....Tried my hand at fitting some extended stone guards for the rear doors/arches. I had to cut the lower section off as my car has the Ti Side sills, but fitted easy enough and now should have no more stone chips.
Got them off Ebay, link here as may be useful for other members.

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Good clean inside and out and picked up all the bits that fell off as I hoovered.

Guards under the front seats that cover the multi plug, both fell off, don't know where the fasteners are, or what they look like.

My car is a saloon The rear seat cover, inside the boot fell off, the Velcro pads have become unglued.

Two hours to clean, two hours to put everything back together.

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So not really related but I thought I would abuse this thread to rally some interest / support for our models

For those of you that missed it, AO is having a car of the year competition: http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/poll-...-vote-now.html (AlfaOwner Car of the Year 2013: Vote Now!)

There are cars from every lounge in there including 2 ti's and 2 Brera's from ours. Now I have been watching it, not least because one of the cars nominated is my own and noticed that the voting is being monopolized by the Giulietta & 145 Lounges, so our newer models don't stand a chance against the hardcore Alfa Mafia.

As such, this is a call to arms! Fellow Alfa lovers that love the new and old models, get your fingers clicking and load up some votes in support of your favorite Alfa, old or new!

---- This concludes the party political vote mongering ----

I have voted for your car Jay. You can't beat the looks of a 159 ti in my opinion. Being a GT owner as well as having a 159 ti in the family makes it hard though. How did people get nominated? Maybe I should have posted more pics of our 159 ti Sportwagon.
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I have voted for your car Jay. You can't beat the looks of a 159 ti in my opinion. Being a GT owner as well as having a 159 ti in the family makes it hard though. How did people get nominated? Maybe I should have posted more pics of our 159 ti Sportwagon.
Thanks mate, one of the mods (bigfoot) nominated me and let me know by PM. Was quite cuffed & shocked tbh.

Its a minor point though as the GQV's are clearly going to win it by the looks of the votes!
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Fitted new rear Pagid discs and pads and replaced a failed glow plug.

Keithyboy kindly used his multimeter to check the glow plugs for me, #2 was gone but I'm now thinking I should have changed the other 3 which all read 1.5. I only say that after reading glow plugs get overlooked until they fail but need changing between 40-60k to maintain easy starting.
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Oil change, gearbox oil change, filters and brake fluid change

Spent a better part of Friday's night under the car (family was out)

I have 159 tbi with 59k km on the clock.

Geabox oil change a simple procedure (see my other thread for details http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/7116529-post8.html (Gearbox (M32) drain plug tightening torque)) but the capacity, as stated in the manual was wrong - I drained nearly 2.6L!!!!!!

Then onto oil change - I changed the plug for stahlbus oil plug (Oil drain valve) to facilitate oil changes in the future. I have it on my bike and I am very happy so far. Tbi takes M18x1.5 plug. I used Millers 5w-40 C3:2010 oil. Again, the sated capacity in the manual is 5.0L whereas actual one is 5.4L.... Brilliant Alfa!

Then onto oil filter. You need 32mm socked. But it is a mess since the oil goes everywhere... The location of the filter on Tbi is stupid! Tightened to 24Nm as stated on the cover.

Then onto air filter change and finally onto brake fluid change. Used laser pressure bleeder and approx 1L of DOT4 fluid. I don't think that the fluid was ever changed from new (4 years) - stealers never seem to do it on their own. But it was not bad at all.

Reward: service followed by pizza and beer
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Good clean inside and out and picked up all the bits that fell off as I hoovered.

Guards under the front seats that cover the multi plug, both fell off, don't know where the fasteners are, or what they look like.

My car is a saloon The rear seat cover, inside the boot fell off, the Velcro pads have become unglued.

Two hours to clean, two hours to put everything back together.
They are round discs
got some pictures on my pc, but alas its knackered at the moment
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Mot done... smoke test passed minus dpf on post 2008 figures. Advisories on front amd rear brake pad thickness :thumbdown:
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See what you've done: doh. Took me a while!!
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Mot done... smoke test passed minus dpf
Point to note, you do know that the law states ..... (fill the gap - its obvious now from the DPF Removed thread)... you have no insurance other than 3rd party!
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Point to note, you do know that the law states ..... (fill the gap - its obvious now from the DPF Removed thread)... you have no insurance other than 3rd party!
by my reckoning i've only had 3rd party insurance for the last 7 years what with aftermarket HID's, non OEM exhausts and DPF removals fitted to various cars i've owned
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