Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: I would rather not say
I decided to take my 159 on a 3000 mile trip
Hi everyone this is my first post
I have had several ALFA's in the past but after nearly 10 years away I have come back. In April I bought a 112000 mile 8 year old 159 1.9 jtdm sw.
I am used to warning lights flickering on (ignore at your peril, my engine oil light came on on my 164 3.5 v6, thought I checked the oil and later that day one very dead engine!)
First few months spent trying to sort out little issues, 4 new tyres needed (ouch!) oil change and glo plug change, various warning lights coming on, apparently someone has attempted to break in, the asr has stopped working, side light not working etc. etc.
Anyway as its summer holidays I packed 4 people and a boot full of luggage, and headed off to the tunnel to make the 3000 mile round trip to Italy. It took me far to long to put music onto blue&me before I left and whilst on the tunnel tried to flick the lights across so as not to dazzle the poor foreigners! In the process the light clip pinged off and I lost it in the engine bay never to be re-found. After fashioning a new clip out of my keyring I was ready to hit France.
I roared out of the tunnel (well as much as a diesel will every roar) and hit the motorway, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and back into France. 5 hours covered in torrential rain, with everyone saying how comfortable and nice it had been to travel front and back.
Next day tried to start, as is usually the case my car will not fire first second or third time, it only does this the first time of the day and then is fine every other time during the day no matter how long it sits, I just think it doesn't like early starts.
Eventually it starts but the check engine light stays on, I consult the handbook and decided that as performance is not affected I will ignore it.
On a motorway my 159 will comfortably sit at 100mph doing about 41 mpg. One of my 2 hour stints it managed 56 mpg, although for the whole trip it averaged 38.9mpg.
I had a whole host of warning lights come on, I had the engine lose nearly all power for 5 minutes. The air con was brilliant in very hot weather 46C no noticeable loss of power or increase in consumption.
After our 65 hours in the car the 4 of us couldn't think over a better car to do the trip in, and my boys loved the fact that cars would just move out of the way when we came barrelling down the fast lane, they reckon its because the car looks mean in peoples rear view mirror.
So if you see a black 159 SW in Yeovil/West Dorset, give me a wave, I am a bit slow off the mark so I might not wave in time but I will smile inside.
Its good to be back