Re: Proud owner of 166 3.0 Sportronic
Well done on the new 166! I am sure it will give you lots of pleasure, and like anything as beautiful as that, some heartache too.
I am sure you don't need me to teach granny ....etc, but a couple of points to reinforce that others will no doubt do likewise.
First - oil. The V6 3 litre is designed to spend oil (approx 1 litre per 1000 miles). If it doesn't, beware. The AR recommended oil in UK is Selenia 20K - do not under any circumstances detract from this, even if the specification for an alternative looks the same. My own heartache in this matter is another story!
Second - this site is full of little oddities about the 166: it's part of the charm. (Can ANYONE tell me how to get my central locking working? Pleeeease!). Cam belt stories are numerous, and relevant.
Finally - I had occasion to deal with Thorobred Motors in Laleham, Nr Staines. They were very good. They are AR specialists but strictly independent. 01784 451195. I don't know how accessible they are to you, but definitely worth a call.
All the best - hope this has been of help
2000 166 3.0 litre V6
1989 75 2.0litre TS Vel
1977 Spider 2000 Vel