3.2 V6 Joys
I currently have a '04 3.2 V6 GT and my wife has a '99 2.5 V6 156. These follow years of ownership of various Lancias and Alfas. before the latest two my Alfas were firstly an '92 Alfa 90 followed by a '94 155, both new. I then bought a second hand '97 156 in '99. All my Alfas have been V6's. The '97 156 suffered a cam belt failure at 56K which cost £3000 to fix at a main dealer. All were company cars so I rarely got my hands dirty.
Times have changed now and I have just carried out my first serious job on the GT. The clutch master cylinder failed and I managed the replacement fairly easily. While the plenum box was off (necessary to get to the master cylinder connections) I painted the very rusty chrome inlet pipes. (If anyone has some spare/cheap "shiny" ones please let me know.). I also changed the oil and filters. The hardest part of all this was getting the old oil filter out past the mass of pipes and getting the new one back.
Lately the heater on the 156 has taken a very long time to warm up and the temperature guage rarely lifted off the stop, particularly in the recent cold weather. Previous experience from years ago on a Wolseley 1500 led me to replace the thermostat yesterday, which seems to have done the job.
As the GT is now over 4 years old (28K) I am thinking of changing the cam belt and associated bits, particularly as the car was standing untouched and unloved for over a year in '07 (hence the rusty inlet pipes). Should I do this myself or not, that is my question at the moment.