Back in the Alfa
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: United Kingdom
Well the search is over now, the 159 Ti Sportwagon 2.4 Q4 sits in my driveway now.
Positives and negatives from the day. The car had a few more toys than were listed in the advert, Alfa sat nav (but the disc is AWOL for the time being),Bose, 10 disc CD player (no CD's taken for the trip), three stage heated seats (but not electric for moving the position) Xenons, headlamps washers and front/rear parking sensors, Alfa mats but no automatic dimming mirror. Fridge in the armrest, I'm sure that there will be more to be discovered!
Mileage was per the advert, car was serviced and EGR deleted plus it had road tax to the end of July. I need to speak to DVLA about this as it should have been cashed by the last owner - he was the second) as I think I need to tax it myself and they'll spot that when the registration document lands next week!
Some negatives (character I think it's called!) - the external temperature gauge reading was okay when I left Veloces but was reading 27 degrees when I got home. Even I know that's wrong, it isn't that warm up North! The alarm LED in the door isn't flashing either. Tyres have about 6 months left, front lower rear bushes also have a limited life left, they're starting to separate now. Both rear brakes are dragging slightly which will be affecting fuel consumption methinks! That needs some further investigation and freeing off and greasing properly.
Trip home was uneventful, working out how to tune the radio to find the midday footy match wasn't easy on the move but at least my team won! (Commiserations to any Sunderland fans out there). Short run from Veloces to the M25 then up the M1 to drop in on Ned at Autolusso and discuss polybushing later this year, got the car on the lift to have a look at the oily bits of a Q4 from underneath (caked in mud - must have seen use on the farm!), overall a clean bill of health for the next 6 months and some very useful pointers on caring for Alfas!
I'm very happy to have met a bunch of enthusiasts at Veloces (and seen a couple of C4s - gorgeous!) and at Autolusso. It's a hike back to either but I'm sure I'll make it back soon enough!
The journey from Autolusso was straight up the M1, avoided the M6 junction as that goes past the M5 too and came across on the A500 to Stoke then joined the M6. Which was slow moving between J16/17 due to an accident so I decided to go cross country towards Chester before heading up towards Warrington and crossing the Runcorn/Widnes bridge and home to Liverpool. The car has therefore done a variety of roads, clogged up London ones, clear motorways, some good A roads and some narrower twistier ones towards the end of the trip. Took it fairly easily on the motorway and didn't exceed the speed limit. Another day maybe.... but pushed it on the quieter/twistier roads nearer home that I know well. The car was an absolute joy to drive and It's going to be a long term relationship. Given the dragging brakes I was more than happy to see 40.2mpg from a mixtures of steady motoring and some enthusiastic driving!
Going to love this car!!