Ok, so newbie Alfa owner, ive bought a 156 2.0 TS on a 98 S plate.
134k on the clock with no service history. (It was a steal though!) Obviously Cambelt and other bits and bobs around that area to be done too. Theres also what sounds like a bearing gone on one of the ancillary pumps as it sounds a bit dry! At first i thought it was lack of power steering fluid, but its all okay. BUT my main concerns are two things. Anything over 4000 RPM i get a very strange whirring noise that also sounds and feels like its knocking? Its fine after under 4000rpm, apart from the whirring bearing noise.
Thats one of the issues, but the second is strange, its intermittent, but more regular than not. You start the car and its fine with no throttle, but once it gets a little warm and youve touched the throttle, it hunts like fury at tick over almost like its going to cut out, there is a distinct lack of power at anything under 3000 rpm and if you cruise along under 3000rpm, it feels like your on the back of a bucking bronco, all the time the powers on, its okay, just completely gutless. Foot Hard Down with no speed increase gutless, you have to back off, put in neutral rev it up and quickly get your gear to get it to go.
Ive swopped the MAF sensor with a friends one, a fellow 156 owner, and it doesnt cure it. Ive had the engine cover off, cleaned all the electrical connections and put them back on. Ive reset the ECU and the throttle position thing. A day at about 3 oc within the first 24 hours of ownership. All part of the joys i'm assured.
My friends 156 is the 1.6 engine which at the moment is out performing my 2.0. Its like the roles have reversed, only slower!
I'm loving the car, but cant help have that little niggle of "Oh God! What Have I Done!"