Had my 166 out and about over the long weekend and I'm still very impressed with the level of comfort and performance. Over the weekend I've identified a few things that need attention - any DIY advise is well received, and if anyone has any of the spares I need let me know...
1 -The Air con is pretty much non existent. I also get the occasional Air Con not working message. I'll get it re-gassed first to see if that cures the problem. I've cleaned the little sensor in the dash (as per thread in the 166 Haynes Manual). I only seem to get serious heat if the temp is set to HIGH. I have a feeling that there's something more sinister than just a re-gas and the sensor but I'll run her a week or so to see if I can see any pattern before getting her looked at seriously.
2 -The total and trip mileage has an electrical problem whereby the bottom line of the total mileage and the top line of the trip mileage isnt working which makes the number look a bit strange. Again, not earth shattering but I like to have these things put right.
3 - It had an aftermarket Sat Nav fitted and the screens stand had been screwed to the dash board
However, fortunatly it had been screwed to the flip up lid of the dash board cubby hole. I'm therefore on the look out for a replacement one in black. The whole thing is only held in place by 4 screws so an easy fix.
4 - The centre arm rest (plastic leather effect) is cracked so I'm on the look out for a replacement one. Again in black.
5 - The car has a rear blind but unfortunatly one side is torn. I'm on the look out for a replacement one in grey or black. Not sure what type of job it is to swap it out as I havent had a good look yet.
6 - The OS rear light cluster (in the boot) has a crack in the lens so I'm on the look out for a replacement one.
7 - There seems to be a slight rattle from the engine bay. I suspect it may be a heat shield but I need to try and identify it. Any common problems in this area?
8 - There seems to be some liquid coming from somewhere beneath where the power steering filler cap is. I can see fluid of some kind below the two pipes that attach to what I assume to be the power steering resevoir but the steering is fine and the fluid level is also fine and hasnt dropped. There's also evidence of whatever this fluid is underneatch the engine. I'll monitor all levels after each journey to see if any drop but beyond that it'll be up to my local Alfa chaps (All Things Alfa in Thornaby - top guys!)
9 - Both exhaust pipe chrome covers are badly corroded so I need to replace them. However they're spot welded on so this looks a bit of a job! Beyond replacing the exhaust
anyone got any tips/ideas?
So that's it
. Nothing major, and for what I paid (sub £2k!) The 166 is proving incredible value for money. And.... boy, what fun the V6 is. Just sounds the DB's