I currently don't own an Alfa, but my familly once owned 2 italian cars, a Fiat Regata and a Fiat Tipo.
The thing is, today, my father came to me and told me that he found a 155, 1.8 16v from 1995 and i'm trying find info in the internet about this model, it's realiability, what to look for when buying. This Saturday I'll go have a look at the car.
I did find some interesting information on www.carsfromitaly.net
, including some advice when buying, and I quote:
"If you are going to buy a car always check the following :
Firstly check the bodywork. Check that there are no mismatching panels, large areas of discolouration or signs of fresh paint (compare inside the engine bay with the external body colour), all of which probably indicate accident damage.
Check the main electrical functions - wipers, windows, lights, etc... try putting the main beam and wipers on at the same time. Check the headlights for cracks. Check the functioning of the various switches and guages, electrics are a 155 weakness.
Check the brake pedal does not go to the floor if pressed hard for a long time and check the gearchange for clean engagement.
The engine should be run up to temperature, check the exhaust for smoke (especially on turbocharged models), the condition of the breather (look for mayonaise), the condition of the oil filler cap (again white deposits can indicate head gasket or other serious problems or the use of the car only on short journeys, another bad state of affairs) and the colour of the coolant (preferably not thick or dark brown!). Listen to the noise of the engine, then depress the clutch and engage first gear. Whatever noise has disappeared was coming form the gearbox, what remains is from the engine. Also check the condition of the engine oil on the dipstick.The lighter brown the better, if it is thick black then leave quickly.
Check tyre wear, uneven patterns could imply a bent chassis.
Always take it for a test drive. Check that the car tracks in a straight line with no steering input and also remains straight under braking. Find a large open area and complete several lock to lock turns (also in reverse), listening for any noises. Try the handbrake when moving - seized rear callipers will mean uneven braking or no braking. A few items to check when you have the car in a more suitable location are the front suspension bushes, the timing belt tensioner, and the rear brake callipers."
Well, long story short, I would very much appreciate you advice on such a car. It's an Alfa 155 1.8 16v from 1995, partial leather and automatic climate control. That's all I got from my father.
One more thing, on a sticky thread in the Technical Section, I found something about some codes, like 12231, but i didn't really understand how this code is displayed: do you count the number of times a certain light in the dash lights up?
So, pls pls pls, give some advice!
Thank you very much.
PS If there's allready a thread on this topic, I'm sorry I couldn't find it. Please redirect me.