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Got a set of roof bars, feet and a box from ebay and gumtree, mounted it all this weekend. Hoping to collect lots of presents in it over the next few days!!



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Changed the oil and filter yesterday. It's only been 10k miles since the last change in July but I was shocked at the state of the oil filter! Half of it was crushed and collapsed. But it's all new and fresh with Fuchs Titan 5W40.
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Bought the SW a set of Nokian WR A3's, was going to get Sessantas, but 4x Nokians at 172 each at tyreleader, work out 40 cheaper than Sessantas at 163 +a set of snowsox. Not particularly harsh winters here, but it was a no brainer and I'll buy some Sessantas in the spring.

So I have a set of Autosox for snow, brand new, still in original packaging, albeit a couple of years old (they were my Brothers, off his old 159). The size is 685, which will do 235 40 R19 (TI) Tyres/wheels and also 18" wheels off a 159.

These cost 65 plus 5 for signed for delivery, so I reckon 40 delivered/signed for (Uk Mainland only) is a fair price being aswell they're brand new. If you're interested please don't PM me, use alcooker1972@yahoo.com. Earliest I can probably post them is Friday.

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Those tyre socks are amazing for getting you unstuck. Managed to get a RWD RX-8 through 4" of snow with them on!
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Burst off side front and damaged the off side rear tyre by clipping un unlit central reservation (last week actually)

Car was doing less than 40mph - i had it in nuteral and was trying to listen to eliminate suspect gearbox v driveshaft whine.

I am now whining about cost of 2 new tyres

Theres a lesson to be learned here I think !!

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can see my car out the office window beading nicely in the drizzle
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Washed it, waxed in & hoovered it out for the first time in 14 weeks

Plenty of stone chips needing attention
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repairing a 5cm paint flake on the front bumper.... sanded and filled, ready for some more sanding and priming and sanding and basecoating and clearcoating and blending and fine sanding and polishing :-) all fun....
it was a 1mm stonechip before I pressure washed it this morning... d'oh!
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I was resisting posting, but I worked so hard on that car today, I figured I owed it to myself!

I put 250 wet miles on over the holiday (happy holidays everyone!) so I took it to the hand car wash this morning. Then I bought some black Turtle Wax, because I'd read that it was good for removing (covering?) hairline scratches. I should have gone to the gym, instead. Man, am I sore from all that rubbing.

Anyway, I put a nice shine on the Brera, but whoever said the black wax would cover scratches and chips must be working for Turtle Wax. I think after I use up the product (2 more shines?) I'll go to something clear. It was a bit like using shoe polish on a car.

The Brera is running great! I wish the brakes bit a bit quicker on the first application of the pedal. And, the steering is a bit more nervous than what I am accustomed to – got to pay attention. The bottle of Bars Leaks seems to have done the job on the radiator, the level has stopped dropping. It was really cold up north and the new battery fired the beast right up.

I think I can relax for a while...
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Took my 159 ti for a 850km dash to northern NSW. The trip took me 9.5 hours (with 2 quick stops) and the trip computer said I used 7.5 l/100km with an average speed of 89km/h. Good to give the old girl a good run after trundling around Sydney for months….now I need to get back without getting a speeding ticket….
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Yesterday, took it on the Piston Heads South Wales run where it got lots of attention

I also stuck to the speed limit on the M4, honestly.....lol
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Had a bit of a maintenance session:

Took the bumper off to adjust the Headlights, change the sidelight bulbs & reprogram the Halo Headlights! Then while the bumper was off I took off the air-box and pulled out the K&N for a clean and recharge to finish off my service I started before xmas

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Hey, how do you take the bumper off? Theres this left side parking sensor which is driving me nuts as it's piking up the license plate and shouting away in collision rythm even if there's no obstacles nearby. It's overriding the read from the other sensors and causing a heck of a confusion inside the cockpit!!! Need to re-adjust it to the precise spot so that it can be alligned whit the bumper surface. I guess that someone touched it and now it's 3 or 4 mm inside the housing.
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Bumper off is an easy task, if not a little fiddly!

There are 4 or 5 under-tray bolts / screws (essentially all of the ones on the front edge that look like they bolt into the bumper). Then there are 2 more bolts underneath the wings just in front of the arches. (these will be a combination of star drives and phillips or bolts depending on how much of a pig your under tray has been in the past to come off!)

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Once that lot is done you can move onto the wings. Start the engine and give the steering full left lock so you can easily access the right inner wheel arch. You will see 2 screws, typically Phillips, but they could have been changed during the life of the car. Remove these 2 screws. Where the bumper meets the wing on the inner arch there is an 8mm bolt facing directly upwards so crouch down to see it. Remove this as well.

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Now move the steering to full right lock and repeat the process for the 2 screws and 1 nut on the left wing.

Once that is done all that is left are the 4 star drive bolts on the top of the bumper, visible when the bonnet is open. Remove these and you are ready to release the bumper.

To release the bumper, from the inner arch, tap (hard) the edge of the bumper towards the front of the car as if you are trying to push it off. It will move a few mm and loosen slightly then you can pull it out towards you and it will come away several inches. Do this on both sides.

Once the sides are free you can lift the bumper over the bonnet release catch and it will all come forward and off the car easily.

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Trust me, it sounds harder than it is! Coxy showed me how to do this while his car was in bits and it really is very easy. It was even easier than taking the under tray off to clean the air filter as I could remove the whole air box with just one bolt and a pipe clip. This turned out to be useful as some of the bolts in the box were turning freely and needed a lot of effort to get out so it was much easier to do with the box on a bench rather than on the car from underneath!


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AS pointed out bumper off is relatively straightforward - how I clean my air filter too.
And it lets you address any issues on corrosion and deterioration from within the front end
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Oh, i was hoping it was a litle bit more direct, as unplug and push up or down!!! Still, thanks for the reply whit photo reference and all, i will keep it as DIY guide for the future, whenever i got the right time frame and space for the operation. Thank you very much!
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Patted my Brera affectionately on the behind while in the garage, as I'll be mostly driving the wife's Giulietta in this weather!
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Cleaned out the oil catch can (been on for 4000 miles) - not nice in there with gloopy mayo!
However, the pipe to inlet tract was clean so its doing its job
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Decided to sort out the god awful armrest and fitted a leather cover (something that should always have been there!) and gave it a good wash and vac and a qd top up

What do you reckon
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Decided to sort out the god awful armrest and fitted a leather cover (something that should always have been there!) and gave it a good wash and vac and a qd top up

What do you reckon
Nice one! How did you get the armrest off? I need to change me leather also
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Decided to sort out the god awful armrest and fitted a leather cover (something that should always have been there!) and gave it a good wash and vac and a qd top up

What do you reckon
Looks better than I was expecting, where did you get it?


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