I have always been a 156 owner, but just bought a 159 1.9jtd SW 2 days ago.
I have noticed a few things on my 200mile drive home...
I wonder if any of you could help / offer any advice...
1 - Noisy Fan - I notice that when I put the fan on with the radio off, I can hear the fan and it sounds very noisy - do they suffer form fans dying?
2 - Whine while drive - Whilst driving along, I notice a whining from the around the glove box area. I cant feel anything untoward through the clutch pedal, and the whine slows down when the car slows and not with engine rev up and down - possible wheel bearing? can you offer any checks?
3 - Sticky gear stick - my 156 has a very smooth gear stick and moves really well through gears. can I strip / re grease anything on the 159, or is this a tell tale sign of something else going wrong...
4 - Clutch - The book says that it has had a new clutch / cambelt / wpump 10k miles ago, however, the receipt for the work has gone 'missing' - is there any way to verify / check if these have been done? I have contacted the previous owner, but still waiting on a reply.
5 - Wheels - It has 18" wheels on the car, and I was wondering of going back to 17" wheels - is there many issues if I stick with the 18"'s?
Also - is there a good way to make the 1.9jtd go a bit quicker without buying the car all over again?!
Thanks in advance for any help you can give - I really want to love the 159, but want to make sure it is right at the same time....
Can't help on the first couple, could be a wheel bearing going? Fans, shouldn't be too noisy.
The gear shift is slightly notchy normally, the M32 gearbox in the 1.9 is known to be weak, watch for the gear stick moving (~0.5-1cm) when pulling off or a whine in 5/6th gear. It's recommended to get some fresh oil in, many places will stick in slightly thicker oil ( redline mt90 is very popular) as the lubrication can be an issue.
To check the work you could try ringing the garage ( they often keep computer notes of each vehicle) .
I'd stick with 18s, look much better, no issues at all (theTi s all come with 19s), just more expensive rubber!
Making it go faster?! Other than a remap ( which can put more strain on the weak gearbox), I would thoroughly recommend blanking the EGR, will be much more responsive, especially off the line ( and below 2,000rpm), and will help prevent issues down the line ( and losing more power as the manifold slowly gunks up (the likes of autolusso can map it out)), try a restrictor plate (£4) in the mean time (plenty can be found with the search). Also coring the DPF will help a little ( but can't be felt like the EGR blank!).
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