I found this site by accident while trying to locate a service manual for my 166 V6. I was immediately impressed by the dedication and attention to detail when I read the instructions for removing the 166 ICS. Wonderful - I could almost do without the manual since reading that.
I'm here because I have a 2000 AR166 V6 which I love. This all happened because my wife and I lived in Florence for a while and all of the friends we made there drove Alfa's and our predisposition against the marque (based on unreliability) was somewhat challenged. The fact that we were driving a Berlingo at the time probably added to the attraction.
Upon returning to Australia with very little remaining cash, we purchased a 2000 Subaru Liberty (Legacy) 2.0. It was terrible - no power and very difficult to see out of, so when the 166 came up there was no choice. Again, fortune came to the rescue, as our Liberty (Legacy) had been hail damaged since we bought it and the insurer basically paid out the full amount.
So much for the boring stuff.
Our 166 is so completely different to the Subaru. There is power, comfort, handling and I can see out of it in all directions without any trouble. It also has spirit and something I've only ever experienced before in my 1973 XJ6, and that is the dual personalities of a limousine around town and a willing playmate when I find an open road and push the gear lever across.
So much for the good stuff.
Our 166 had occasionally given us the "Airconditioner fault - Contact Service" message, so we took it to the dealer who said that the aircon was fine but the ICS had intermittently lost communications with it. They fiddled and the messages went away, but now we have over cooling in the "Full" mode. It doesn't seem to matter what temperature we request, it always tries to go 10 degrees cooler.
I am suspicious of my heater core as I can occasionally smell coolant in the car, so I want to have a look in there before I let the dealer have another go.
So there we are. The 166 is a very rare car in Australia, and people tend not to notice it or try to pretend that it isn't there. Its only when they observe the extraordinary acceleration that they suddenly take notice. Around town, the car feels tractable and comfortable, but frustrated and itching to go (or is that me?).
Looking forward to some fun in the future.