Contracts being signed this week for a new house so Alfie has to go
Iíve been forced to sell my Alfa 156 Iím moving house shortly which doesnít have parking outside and I will be next to the train station so wonít need it to commute. We are keeping the wifeís CRV so this has become sadly redundant. I bought the car in February and spent quite a bit of money on preventive stuff and generally getting it nice. I was hoping to keep it for at least 2-3 years. I didnít expect to sell up and loose a fortune, it stands me over Ä4,250 to date, I have a few receipts of this and a good old excel spreadsheet!
I bought this car from Mario Andretti on here and as he was an Alfa mechanic, I got him to carry out some work which was both necessary for the NCT and I wanted sorted anyway. Its a 1.6 in poverty spec (no A/C to break, no rear electric windows to get stuck), they are cheaper on tax and insurance and still have about 120bhp. It has an honest 83k miles on it. I bought it without a service history, but found some of it under the passenger seat. Itís just a few oil changes and a clutch, clutch cylinder and timing belt job but itís something. Its NCTíd until summer next year and taxed till the end of this year. Iíve only done about 2,500 miles, just down to the train station and back and then one run a week to loosen it up.
Iíve had it up in Ti Autos sorting out an issue or two during the year and he reckons itís a pretty good example. Iím going to be brutally honest on the car. Nothing worse than travelling a long distance to find itís not how itís advertised. Every fault is mentioned below, many you mightnít notice, but I want to be honest. Anyone who knows me or has bought a car from me will know I look after my cars, donít BS and am mechanically sympathetic.
In the last 10 months and 2500 miles Iíve changed loads of bits, some necessary, but most preventative.
2 Upper Front arms
2 Lower Front arms
2 Front drop links
2 Front ARB Bushes (poly & greased) at Ti Autos
2 Rear drop links
2 Rearmost LCAís.
Timing Belt (81k)
Gearbox Oil Change
8 x Genuine Alfa Spark Plugs
Oil Change @ 81k (Will throw in 5 litres of oil, plus the new sump plug and O ring that I havenít fitted yet)
4 Brake Discs (ferodo)
Front & Rear Pads (ferodo)
2 x Handbrake Cables (including 2 refurbed mounting brackets, no hanging down cables on this car)
Downpipe to Cat Exhaust Gasket (was leaking)
2 x Exhaust Rubber Hangers
MAF Sensor (Bosch)
Front Wipers (flat blades)
New Osram bulbs
4 Wheel Alignment
4 Brand new Bridgestone Turanzaís (less than 2,000 miles on them now)
Replacement drivers sun visor
Replacement drivers seat belt
Just 17k ago it had a belt & water pump, clutch and clutch cylinder replaced.
It burns very little oil, I check it every 2 weeks and maybe once every second month I top it up from the bottle I keep in the boot.
Variator makes a noise for the first 2 seconds or so when very cold outside every second day or so, but otherwise works fine. This will never leave you at the side of the road and has no ill effects apparently. Will need changing at the next Belt Interval. Ä120 for the part, labour is not much more when you are doing a belt change anyway.
Suspension up front is still making a bit of noise. Iíve had ti Autos look at it and they canít trace it. They checked out the suspension and are happy with it. Most items have been replaced and it drives straight and true. Itís only really apparent over ramps, itís probably just the poly bushes in the front ARB.
Itís had the following with me:
2 Front & Rear Badges OEM Alfa badges
De-badged ď156 1.6 T SparkĒ
4 Teledials with new tyres (Bridgestone Turanzas) & locknuts
OEM Fogs fitted and wired with OEM loom & button.
Chrome Exhaust cover
Clear Side Indicators (sealed to prevent misting)
Colour Coded Mirrors
GTA look headlamps (DIY, no misting, comes with spare headlamps too)
Calipers painted black
I also refurbed the two uprights beside the wheel arch which are the only thing that rusts on them. They should be good for the life of the car now.
LH Door sits out at the top ever so slightly (doesnít let water in and you wouldnít really notice it)
Passenger side isnít all the same shade. The door was sprayed at one point and it doesnít quite match the wing and skirts. I put a better condition wing on and it sits out a fraction at the bottom.
Iím being hard on the car. A new door in the right shade would have it in great condition.
Tan Leather Seats Fitted
Wood Steering Wheel (original included)
Wood Dash (original included)
Wood Gearknob (original included)
Genuine Alfa overmats
Ipod CD/MP3 player (Cable wired behind dash for iphone link)
16cm Infiniti front door speakers
All bulbs replaced in the 3rd mounted brake light
Refurbed Red Key (+ Spare second key)
One bulb blown out in centre console behind heater knob that I canít access.
Iím looking for Ä1,350 as I think itís a pretty nice version with most of the usual Alfa issues out of the way for many miles to come. You could spend less on one easy, but it wonít be anywhere near as good as this one. It will come with a few spares in the boot too. I think itís also a pretty good colour and spec combo.
It just needs another decent owner now.
Somebody to look at it like this
Feel like this driving it
And go like this
when birds poo on it.