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Bought me a MiTo

Morning everyone,

Long time no see. Certainly not new to Alfas or this forum but had to create me a new account as I don't have the e-mail address to recover the old one anymore. Been a few years since I had an Alfa, last was my white 159 Lusso 1.9jtdm and the wife had a 147 1.6TS Lusso. Currently have a Mazda RX-8 and a Fiat Stilo Abarth.

So, now I've got a little red MiTo Lusso 155 that the wife fell in love with last week and simply had to have, so we have it (SWMBO). She's been named Molly MiTo.

She's got more than her fair share of issues bless her. So far things I need to sort out:

Back box baffles have collapsed and needs replacing
Front near side headlight is damaged (broken brackets and chrome trim)
Lower corner of front bumper has paint damage (probably from same incident that broke headlamp)
Rear off side arch has a scrape
drivers side door window has dropped to the rear edge - not so sure about this one!
The stereo buttons are worn and lost their markings
Heater control matrix has a blown bulb
Service history unknown / service required

Lets hope I can chalk stuff off that list quicker than things get added to it but previous experience tells me not to hold my breath.
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OK... So I can chalk off a couple of the issues straight away (replying to myself a little bit!).

First is the heater matrix illumination. They make this fun to get to, don't they? Pulled them out and picked up a couple of replacements for £1 each from the local halfords. They're a 286 bulb for anyone interested. Many thanks to the forum's guide which helped me along with this.

Seeing as this job required the stereo out it kind of kills two birds with one stone to sort the stereo out. The car only has 88k on the clock and I really don't understand how you could be ham fisted enough to scrub the markings off the buttons but either way it'd happened. It's a bit of a personal OCD thing I hate seeing buttons like this as it just feels and looks scruffy and worn.

I had a replacement stereo unit but the code of the stereo wasn't known - so I had to swap the face plates over. The face plate is only held on with two screws but not wishing the guess at whether the LCD on the replacement works or exactly where the code might be stored in the unit, I opened it all up and swapped all the internals into the replacement facia.

Two jobs scratched from the list today then, heater control illumination and the stereo buttons are fixed.

Next up is the replacement headlight, which I'm a little nervous about. Hopefully no rotten bolts on the bumper, should be OK. I have a replacement headlamp unit and chrome trim ring ready to go. Wish me luck.

Have a good day everyone!
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Fingers crossed the gearbox nice and quiet? If you don't have any service information it's worth looking at changing the gearbox oil (and pick a good quality replacement oil) to try help mitigate the risk of premature bearing wear!
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Thankfully, last I saw refurbed gearboxes from Germany, there were like 900 euro (and you send your own back) shipped. Not too bad given what it is. One of my headlight brackets were broken on my MiTo, fixed it with epoxy glue and it's been holding up great.
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There are some places around the UK that will do full M32 bearing swaps with gearbox in-situ (they just take off end casing) which helps keep cost down, so yeah it's not so bad if bearings do ever need sorting.

I also had a broken bracket on one headlight too (I realised the annoying jiggling of the beam at night probably was excessive compared to how bumpy the road was)... I used q-bond (or some q-bond-like kit with superglue and a gap filler powder) to fix mine in-situ and that's also held well too .
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Fingers crossed the gearbox nice and quiet? If you don't have any service information it's worth looking at changing the gearbox oil (and pick a good quality replacement oil) to try help mitigate the risk of premature bearing wear!
Thankfully yes, gearbox is fine. An oil change isn't a bad shout all the same! My 159 had the M32 box I believe, so I've heard all about the infamous end bearings previously, although it didn't give me any bother in the 159. My brother had a Corsa VXR with M32, had a complete replacement gearbox under warranty as it ate it.

I think she's been fairly well cared for by someone at some point, it's nice and clean and MOT history looks fairly reasonable, mostly just tyre issues and a broken spring I think. It's just got to that point in a car's age where it needs a bit of TLC. I'm guessing previous owner had an unlucky bump in it, which is what damaged bumper and headlight, so traded it in. The dealer picked it up at auction and sold it on to me.

So the bumper was a predictable nightmare. One of the wing bolts and several of the underside bolts have spun their riv-nuts. Up shot is that it wasn't possible to get the bumper off. I did manage to undo enough things to get enough room to get the headlamp unit out, probably because it was so smashed!

Still, the new one is more secure and fitted now, at least it has 3 mounting points on it. So chalk 1 job off the list, the broken headlight is replaced, but add a new job to the list... I now need to drill out and remove the bumper and replace / repair the bumper riv-nuts and mounts. I also need to do something to better secure the bumper where it meets the wing, as the corner wants to stick out where whatever was there is broken on the side that's been bumped. It's going to be a job but will get there. Couldn't look into it today as got called away to work, bloody employee called in sick.

Hopefully one of the upcoming bank holidays, some dremel bits and a few sets of drill bits will see it right.
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There is a plastic strip with clips pop-riveted to the bottom edge of the wing. The top edge of the bumper clips into this .. when the clips aren't broken. Even a gentle nudge breaks them (got the t-shirt and the protruding bumper edge!) ... or they simply snap when taking off the bumper for whatever reason!

You'll see once the bumper is off ...
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Iíll be in the same boat on Saturday. Picking up a 2011 1.4 Multiair. Only 36k so hopefully the list will be smaller. In fairness I still have a 2003 147jtd Lusso with 136k, love it. Small petrol engines are a bit of an unknown.......
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There is a plastic strip with clips pop-riveted to the bottom edge of the wing. The top edge of the bumper clips into this .. when the clips aren't broken. Even a gentle nudge breaks them (got the t-shirt and the protruding bumper edge!) ... or they simply snap when taking off the bumper for whatever reason!

You'll see once the bumper is off ...
Hey up Gazza,

I did spot this when I had the lamp unit out and yeh, I could see missing and squashed clips. I did have a hunt but I never found anywhere selling replacements, annoyingly, so an element of creativity may be needed.

Need to order up some more riv-nuts and fixings for the job anyway, not one I'm entirely looking forward too.

She's had a good polish up and feeling pretty now though 😄
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Iíll be in the same boat on Saturday. Picking up a 2011 1.4 Multiair. Only 36k so hopefully the list will be smaller. In fairness I still have a 2003 147jtd Lusso with 136k, love it. Small petrol engines are a bit of an unknown.......
Just be sure that that oil hasn't only been changed once during 8 years because of the low miles!
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