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Hi everybody, hows it going?

For me, not too bad - I just bought a used Alfa.

156 2.0 TS Selespeed, ("X" 2000) Sportwagon with all the trimmings. I drove home from Liverpool yesterday and oh my, why on earth didn't I get me one of these before?

It's not quite accurate to say it drove well. It just drove.

Anyway, enough of the poetry.

I covered 200+ miles yesterday and I wasn't hangin around if you know what I mean, if you saw a metallic grey blur on the M6, M1 yesterday, I'm really sorry - it wasn't me it was the car

This mission for today?

Polish, clean and generally give the car some much needed TLC.

I am a newbie so please be kind, I haven't even looked at the manual yet, but could someone please reply with what oil I should buy and also water levels etc? It was a bit hot by the time I arrived home last night... I need to check it today.

It seems quite sound. I have one blown light on the right hand LCD display (the gear one) which is annoying, and I bet its a fun job changing it... Also, there is a plastic boot trim (the lip) which is damaged, does anybody know a good place to get a new one?

Also, the front heating vents don't seem to do much, even on full blast. The air is fine when directed at your feet or the windscreen, what am I doing wrong?

The car has done 57,000 miles, and I've read that changing the cam belt would be a sound plan at 60,000. It does sound like a diesel on startup, apparently that is a worn variator?

Anyway, I'm looking forward to a great relationship with my car lol, my missus thinks I'm a bit sad, but she loves the looks of course!

Please post back and thanks in advance for all your techie help!

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welcome to AO dude...glad to hear you are enjoying her.....

cambelt and tensioner change should take place every 36k or 3 years, which ever is sooner (Alfa say 72k)....

Major service at 60k which includes spark plugs, all of 8 of em !!

The general concensus for oil is a good quality 10w 40w semi synthetic for the twinnies, i personally use selenia....

a good source of parts etc are linked below

http://www.shop4parts.co.uk/index.cfm/method/info.home/

http://www.ebspares.co.uk/index.html

http://www.buypartsby.co.uk/

http://www.alfaworkshop.co.uk/

enjoy and all the best


 
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Thats absolutely great, really appreciate your help, one final thing -

When driving engine temp reads between 70-90, nothing too hot, however when idling the temp just seems to get hotter - I haven't heard the fan cut in and so far it doesn't seem to have been a problem. It does smell rather hot... Should I be concerned and if so, what should I be looking for?

Again, thanks!
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Blown fuse?

If I were you i'd interrogate the former owner to see if cambelt and pretensioner have been done. If these go it's a costly repair exercise in some cases people have just bought a new engine.

Once it's done you should be able to go back to normal service interval for this because Alfa recently redesigned the pretensioner and it's now made of alloy rather than plastic, which is why it splits and fails.

Hope this helps and welcome to the site.

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Thanks Ghosty,

I've started posting on other threads now and everybody is saying the cam belt is absolutely VITAL if I want the car to continue running...!

I'll save up as soon as and get it done. I have to say I love the car!!
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Hello there !! Glad to hear you're enjoying your motor !!
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Welcome to AO, sounds as though the Alfa bug has infected you bad
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Yep, I can't see me ever changing back to another car...! Just ordering up some parts now for a thorough service,

I'm ordering the components for the cam belt change but my mechanic can't do it until October 16th! He's brilliant and best of all, his labour charge is a lot lower than other garages so it's worth the wait...!

Would it be sound for me to change the sparks? The car is a good six years old now...?
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Welcome to AO

Sounds like you've got the bug bad like the rest of us.

Yep belts, tensioner and variator are a must
Personal oil choice is Selinia for me.

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Hi Netgeezer. Welcome to AO.

That’s a pretty rare 156 you have there. I’ve never seen a Sportwagon in, the best colour, Africa Grey.

I’m afraid this service is gonna hurt your wallet big time with needing to do the belts, tensioners, variator, spark plugs etc. But hopefully soon you’ll have a car that goes like the wind and that you can rely on for the foreseeable future.

Good luck with it.

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Lovely!

I've ordered all the parts and this will be a major service but hey, I think it's worth it...!
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Yep, I can't see me ever changing back to another car...!
My sentiments exactly.

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Lovely!

I've ordered all the parts and this will be a major service but hey, I think it's worth it...!
I think it will be just for the peace of mind. Nothing to get in the way of enjoying the drive then.
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Hi Mr Orange and Probusterrace - and Roswell too.

I'm actually pleased to be driving something that's quite different, it's already elicited admiration from a whole load of my customers plus it seems to attract attention when I'm driving! I'd love to put it down to my good looks but you know how it is!

I can't wait till I put those beautiful GTA 5 hole alloys on it... Though with everything I'm spending on it at the moment I won't be adding anything cosmetic until next year...

Something to look forward to then!
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Hey, keep the revs low until your service, dont tempt fate... great to hear your addicted so early on... welcome also Netgeezer.

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