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Buying Advice: Alfa Romeo 159 JTDM 16V TURISMO,6 SPEED 150BHP

Hey All - I am looking at buying an Alfa Romeo 159 JTDM 16V TURISMO,6 SPEED 150BHP in Ireland. It's a 2008 with 100k miles on the clock. It has a full service history but is there anything I should look out for with this year/model? Any help appreciated - I had a 146 Boxer before and loved it and looking to go back to Alfa's - thanks

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Gearbox on 1.9 not good bearing goes. Causing noise 5th 6th. Egr will give problems and the dpf gets blocked on high milers. Intake manifold gets blocked swirl flaps can stick. The clutch and dmf will failure at 100 k expensive.
That cambelt and water pump need changing ever 60 k.
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Also check the inside edge of front tyres ( easy fix with wheel alignment), but factor in the cost of new tyres.

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There were some significant changes to the 159 in 2008, resulting in a reduction in weight and some specification changes. Easiest way to tell is probably to check the boot release - if it is on the roof console it is a pre-MY2008 model and if it has a boot release on the Alfa badge on the boot it is MY2008 and will have hollow anti roll bars and be about 50 kgs lighter. Lussos from 2008 had better front brakes with Alfa logos, but I don't think these were on the Turismo, although specs were often altered depending on the market.

If you go for a drive listen for a rhythmic throbbing noise from the front offside. There is a theory this only cropped up when the hollow anti roll bars were put on, magnifying a noise that was always there. However my car had two replacement drive shafts to try and cure the noise - and it didn't.

Cambelts and water pumps and gearboxes have already been mentioned - add to that clunks and clonks from front or rear suspension- could be anything from worn bushes to broken springs, relatively easy fixes. Everything electrical should work, no warning lights on, and everything else you would check in a used car.

After that, relax and enjoy the car
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Forgot to add, the brakes are fantastic best on any standard car I,veever driven. There are issues with the steering too, it should have green coloured fluid. And not make any groaning noises when on full lock moving slowly.
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