Looking to Buy a 159 TBi SW... BUT.......
Hi All.....Hoping to replace my 156 SW soon and considering a 159 TBi SW.....However I've been picking up bits of info here and there, and in this forum, that the Turbo's are starting to become an issue....and an expensive one at that. I read somewhere that there was a service update circulated to Alfa dealers about a modified Lambda wiring loom being available to overcome a problem with the original fitment. It appears that a fault in the loom could send signals to the ECU which causes a surge within the turbo followed by a dramatic drop in pressure which then somwhow manages to loosen the nut holding the turbo vanes.....result, a wrecked turbo. I also gather that a modified turbo had been introduced towards the end of the 159's production run, made from different materials ??
I don't for one second suppose Alfa UK would openly admit to this and effect a recall ???....It also begs the question are the Giulietta's with the TBi engine also affected.....Was the TBi put in the 159 to act as a testbed to iron out any faults before the Giuletta was launched !!!!!
Would be interested in hearing anybody's views before I commit my hardearned, especially current owners.....By the way how much is a new Turbo ???