Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Cannock, Staffordshire
My First Alfa
I'm not big into cars, i've always had Vauxhall Astra's as personal cars, but have driven many makes due to company preferences. I'm now working for myself and after setting my budget into Autotraders advanced search I trawled through what was available to me.
The Alfa Romeo 156 really caught my eye, I quite like the Audi's also. I'd been studying the price range on Autotrader for a few weeks and wanted to pay upto £3000. I knew that i'd probably get something with pretty high mileage for this but thought with regular servicing i'd be ok.
Anyway, I saw a 156 down in Milton Keynes, a W (2000 plate) with 59,000 miles and went down to look at it. It had a few minors scrapes and the Fuel Injection light was on. After making a few calls I put this down to the sensor and took it away at £2650, which I considered a bargain really. It drove really smoothly and was very comfortable inside.
I think by now you will realise i'm talking in the past sense, because after three days I lost power and developed the dreaded knocking noise that i'd experienced before with an Astra. I pulled over to the side of the road and the AA towed me to a garage. Where still it currently sits.
I'm not convinced the garage are at all reliable, they tell me the "crank shaft" has gone and I need a "small engine". I'm no mechanic, all I can tell is that when I rev I get a knocking noise, but on low revs it's fine.
Also is this something that the seller would have known about when selling, private sale unfortunately! The car ran like a dream when I bought it.
I've got an option to take it to another local garage for a 2nd opnion or from reading posts on this forum, to WAD in Wolverhampton or a place in Birmingham that slips my memory at the moment. Any suggestions?
I'd actually been warned that Alfas were unreliable but I don't rely on pub rumours, now I feel a little silly. Anyone able to lighten my mood or help at all!