I just jumped into the deep end of the pool and traded my Hyundai Elantra '2000 with a 1998 V6 Alfa 166 Automatic.
Now i'm not even going to tell you the difference between the two, but one thing i can tell you the Hyundai never broke down, well .... exept having to change all 4 wheel bearings at around 50k
Now i have a couple of questions about the 166!
First as it's a automatic (without the paddles). When it's cold it does downshift quite hard, even so the engine revs alittle, but not so hard that it seems to be damaging anything. Now as this is abit more of a cruiser than a sportscar i'm quite amazed at this. Has anybody a similiuar experience with this? Is my Automatic going bad or is this a "feature".
Second question is that on the right side of the engine compartment there seems to be a motor "cusion". It's connected to the top of the engine and then to the upper part of the wheel house on the passenger side. The rubber on the part that is connected to the engine is damaged and it's abit loose. Is this a big worry? Does one have to change the whole shaft or just the rubber/bearing?
Third question is if anybody has a workshop manual or part manual that i can download from them via torrent or whatever. I just bought one for 12 Pounds from workshopmanuals.uk and the damm thing wont install. I'm not spending more money on the internet for manuals that don't work.
I'm abit lucky that my dad is a mechanic (doesn't work at a shop thoug
) and his experience with Alfas is limited. What i can tell you though is that i borrowed him the car and he didn't want to give it back
My love affair with this 8 year old car is quite fragile so please be gentle