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Removed the undertray on my 159 2.4ti ,to take out the sump plug which was almost an hours work , torx stripped in one and some others turning in their seats . Having taken the engine cover off , I found it VERY difficult to undo the oil filter top nut so befor restarting her I'll buy a large socket(36mm ?) .
Oil's out and filter changed plus 6.4 lts of MILLERS Nanodrive 5w40 Competition oil now in the sump.
BUT have written a note to myself reminding me NOT to start the engine until I've bought that 36mm socket to tighten the oil filter housing !!!
Job for tomorrow and refit that undertray ---- bolts and screws floating in a jar of oil/petrol overnight and they'll go back in with coppergrease .
The manual says the last owner did it at 41,000 miles and it was 46700 miles when I bought it but I like to start off with a clean sheet . Just another 8000 miles before I do it again , 18000 is way too long.
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Attachment 153531Picked up the Pioneer Sat Nav F900BT purchased of Ebay , to go into the ti bought 10 days ago , so far had front wheels balanced and agread a price of 160 to have wheels refurbed , this is my fourth Alfa and the ti wheels give it a gorgeous look! 73,000 miles and everything still feels nice and tight , Geoff .
Just out of interest, how much did you pay for the Pioneer Unit, been scouring ebay myself, and must say I am tempted.

And excellent choice of colour, think the 159 looks exceptional in white.

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Thanks for that Liam , i managed to get the sat nav for 252.00 , which seemed pretty good , have just spent another 38.00 buying a cage and trim plate , white does look good although as i drove away from the valeters i am sure i could hear dirt being thrown up! Geoff .
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Assuming you bought a used one? Still an excellent price, I have been looking at all of the units in that series, from the 900 to the 930, all excellent looking units, and its pay day soon, the temptation is there.

I can imagine its not the easiest to keep clean, but when it looks like that who really cares?

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The seemingly never ending soot repairs continue.
Had the new rear cats fitted yeterday (Thursday)
- thanks again to JJB
- shipped from Italy a month ahead of schedule - thankyou Alfa Romeo Italy!
The V6 is crisper in response and sound now

Then on drive back from Harrogate after gettng car back from JJB's in York noticed black dust out of the air conditioning
- so that needs to go into main Alfa Dealer to be cleaned!

The car bill (topping out somewhere north of 3500) is the least of Mr Tesco's concerns!
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Day 2 of the SW Ti ownership and a short 10 mile cruise on the commute each way was an absolute pleasure. I have to say I find the 1750 engine in this thing a joy. The mapped 2.4 I had before was nice mind but they seem to have got the cabin noise sorted with the later models. Happy chap!!:0)
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What have I done to my Spider today ? SOLD IT !

After 2 years of trouble free driving my car has been exchanged, I went to Mangos for my annual service and ended up coming out with a GT Cloverleaf 1.9 diesel 170bhp special edition. I will miss the roof down and the noise of the sports exhaust but as needs must it was time for a change. The Spider has been great fun to drive - once you get your head around the low mpg (22-25) its constantly been a head-turner as well as being reliable Summer and Winter. The usual perishables have been replaced, ie. all 4 tyres but otherwise no complaints.
I removed the brace from the car before selling it so if anyone is interested for the genuine article I'll be selling it for 50.
Thanks to everyone for all the contributions to the forum. It's been an invaluable source of information and support. If any of you venture to the GT forum I will now be on there.
I'm adding on pictures of old and new.
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Found lots of power steering fluid pouring out of the rack gaiter. Lovely.

Should be covered under warranty though.
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At the weekend changed repaired alloy ( which up til recently had a small crack causing a very slow puncture) for a "new" secondhand one off eBay ( in great condition) and got the tyre swapped over. will use the repaired alloy as a full size spare.
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At the weekend I put new wiper blades on and added a new tax disk holder. I then changed one of the stock dipped beam bulbs for a Philips X-Treme bulb. Changing the bulb only took a few minutes.

Just about to finish the other bulb and I dropped it into a tray which I couldn't get to with my big hands and it took 3 hours to fish it out with some blu tack and a wire coat hanger. Happily it's in and working.
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At the weekend changed repaired alloy ( which up til recently had a small crack causing a very slow puncture) for a "new" secondhand one off eBay ( in great condition) and got the tyre swapped over. will use the repaired alloy as a full size spare.
Glad wheel was ok for you, still got two more if anyone is interested
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Bought and collected the OE Strut Brace from "The Bat", now he's got a shiny new GT rather than that rather good looking Spider! Didn't get to meet him or see the GT though, which is a shame, due to timing issues, but at least met his better half!

"Installed Strut Brace" update soon to follow
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This what I did for my 3.2 ti. Not today, but week ago..
On top I put the sponge surface by dynamit, dynliner or something.
The noise reduction from the rear area is excellent.
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My stereo kept going off due to an issue around the passenger side window/door. Took the door card off and unpluged the wiring from the door. The wiring inside had been catching on the window mechanism and had worn the wires down which was causing the whole stereo to stop working.

Was pretty straight forward to take it all apart and I didn't brake any clips


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Bit of electrical tape and all is good again.

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Brakes up next - wondering what to go for (need new rear discs and pads and new front pads).
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Local main Alfa dealer (Jordan's) did an AirCon service (including Panel Filter and AirCon Bomb).
Drove home with factory fresh car and clouds forming on my breath!

And as it was a while you wait - went for a tst drive in the MiTo 135bhp - it makes a nice sound!!!!
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At the weekend changed repaired alloy ( which up til recently had a small crack causing a very slow puncture) for a "new" secondhand one off eBay ( in great condition) and got the tyre swapped over. will use the repaired alloy as a full size spare.
Glad wheel was ok for you, still got two more if anyone is interested
Yes thanks Kevin, it was in very good condition so I can recommend the others to AOers!

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Well, not today but on Saturday, a new rear badge fitted and a 4-stage machine polish and wax. Car looks better than new. Shame it looks like winter has arrived early. Still, she's all protected now and the water beads off it like never before! Well worth the effort!
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Given it a wash ready to be taken in for repair tomorrow!
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Found my parcel shelf rattle.
If you look on the photo the middle white cable clip rattled against the body work. This is just behind the rear near side suspension turret.

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Oh and while to boot trim was stripped out I sound proofed the whole boot, you never know it will come in if I ever upgrade the ICE system

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I took a good look outside this morning, saw the damp, grey drizzle and mulled over the normal tube to work, climbed in the SW and decided to turn the heated seat on and drive to work in it instead....mmmm lovely!
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Ordered 2 more Vredesteins from Reifen.com, should have a full new set at the end of the week then I'm off to get it 4 wheel aligned!
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I have to own up to having done nothing to my Brera in quite some time, including driving it
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Very little the last few days (other than an 80 mile drive into the Howardian Hills on Sunday) as I have been using this:
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