Think I bought a bad one?
Hi everyone, and glad to be here.
I have a 156 2.0TS which is now about 10 years old. It's a machine I love! Drives beautifully when it wants to, and kind of has a soul.
I've had it for around 5 years, but have had constant problems with it. Things like power steering fluid hoses detaching twice (once at each end), rpm detector wiring breaking and shutting off the engine, a tyre blowout, a blown radiator, a blown water pump, aircon leak, washer system leak, and now a suspected head gasket problem. The blown water pump meant that a lot of the newly replaced timing mechanism needed replacing again, too. None of these fixes were cheap.
I don't think this is par for the course, and strangely, I will buy another Alfa if the costs of running one will ever allow me to save up enough money.