I got the 159 back last night after they traced the hesitation problem to a loose pipe clip - doesn't take much, does it?
In the end, they also had to replace the intercooler and the cat as the ingestion of the sump contents had done them no favours. I'm glad that I'd 'persuaded' ARUK to do it under warranty as the final bill would have been north of £2k,
. It's also had an oil and filter change, now being filled with the new specification Selenia Sport Power oil as covered here : http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/engin...e-1750tbi.html
Driving it home, I did get a smile back on my face as I was reacquainted with how nice a place it is to be, and sitting here now typing this I'm looking out at it thinking just what a good looking beast it is,
. However, I'm not sure at this stage whether I'll ever get back to being
with it again, as I'll always have that niggling worry in the back of my mind over what the next big problem is going to be. Already, I've got to address a non-functioning rear wiper and a lights on all the time situation which have now surfaced - if those are down to the control stalks, then a hefty repair bill is not that far away,
There's a lot to be said for the cars of old - no forced induction, no electronics, a couple of spanners and a screwdriver and you can fix just about anything. I'm thinking I might go looking for something practical from that era (Rover SD1 V8 immediately springs to mind,
) that I can use as everyday transport for me and the dogs, and get myself a more exotic 'toy' for weekend and holiday use only.
Are the cars remaped?
Not mine. I did experiment briefly (for about a week) with a tuning box about 9 months ago but removed it as I didn't like the throttle response at low speeds - it had lost its previous linear delivery and was more like an on/off switch.