sorry for the delay in getting back to this post lads - ive been under the weather. Anyway -
@lacken - not leaving the country (yet
I bought the car in september 2008. It was a UK import and I am the first registered Irish owner.
There is a good deal of service history and recipts with the car, as well as a number of MOTs (see below). An older gentleman owned the car from new, then the guy I bought it from got it.
Previous owner carried out the following work:
O/S front wheel bearing replaced
Front castor ball joins fitted
New front and rear disks
New centre and front prop shaft doughnuts
replaced front section of exhaust with good second hand item
Replaced centre section of exhaust with new item
Replaced rear box with CSC rear box
replaced Gearlinkage bush at base of lever and gear box mounts
replaced all bushes for de-deon axle
fit 3 litre front ARB (24mm v 22 mm) with centre poly bushes, and standard end bushes
replaced power steering and alternator belts
fit as new SPAX adjustable fornt shocks
fit as new rear konis
rewired fuel pump supply
fit braided front lines
remove all wheel arch and side plastic trims to check for rust. some small welding done on sills
In my ownership:
put through the NCT in September 2008. Passed first time
Carried out by Gerry at TI:
(i felt the brakes could be improved, and after talking to some alfa people the following set up seemed the best - i have used this set up on track with no problems)
replaced front disks with OMP drilled and grooved disks
replaced pads with ECB greenstuff front
fit braided rear line
remove brake bias valve and re plumb brake m/c
new 5.1 fluid
Done by me:
regular oil change every 4-5 k miles
change gearbox/diff oil at 91000 miles
Change r14 inch revolution wheels to 16 inch AEZ wheels.
4 new tyres about 2 - 3 k miles ago. Have been on track once.
remove standard airbox and fit performance air filter (not sure of the make but it sounds good)
There are some spares with the car, like the old disks (which were in very good nick, some other little parts, a full set of monroe shocks, and other stuff I cant remember)
The alfa romeo control panel works fully, however, the oil level sensor is defective and there are no replacements available. I have bypassed this with a resistor (common among the 75's), but a manual check of the oil will show the oil level. The car burns very little oil, maybe < quarter litre every thousand miles or so) The oil pressure guage works corrcetly. The leather interior is generally in good condition, with no tears, but does have some wear on the drivers seat bolster. the previous owner has tried to colour match the front seats, and the colour is a bit off, but not too bad. All other ARC warnings work ok.
not so good points:
There is paint laquer peel on the car. Ideally the car would benefit from a full respray. the bodywork itself is in very good condition for a 20 year old car.
there is a tiny rust bubble under the rear lights, which is a common problem
there is non original interior carpet. Im not sure why this is.
Rear brake are sticking on. They would probably require a rebuild.
Battery is lazy and will probably need to be replaced.
Lots of MOTs
2 NCT with pass sheet (sailed through first time)
Lots of other receipts for the work carried out below, and the work carried out by Gerry at TI
Original email outlining work completed by previous owner:
I have been thinking about the car and can confirm that the following has been replaced whilst in my ownership-
Front tyres, lower swivels, O/S front wheel bearing, Front castor ball joints fitted, discs all round with new pads, battery,centre and front prop doughnuts, front section of exhaust (second hand but as new when fitted), centre section (new and hammerited before fitting), rear box (secondhand CSC box in excellent condition - hammerited), Gearlinkage bush at base of lever, gearbox mounts, all polybushes locating the de-deon axle, 3 ltr front roll bar (24mm Vs 22mm) powder coated rebushed with std bushes at the ends and poly in the centre, power steering and alternator belts. Rewired the fuel pump supply with replacement connector (properly soldered and sleeved) at the bulkhead (common failure point). Good second-hand rear Konis (like new when fitted) and again as new front Spax (blue adjustable). All of the electrics work and no problems with the 'Alfa Control' panel, interior is in good condition with leather recaros which are excellent in the rear (with matching door cards) but fronts have been repainted and do not quite match, they could do with treatment by Renovo leather dye or similar. They have no serious wear or sagging but some creasing as befits their age. The car has a VDO radio cassette which is working with all four speakers in good condition and I have a set of front tweeters and door speakers that came with the door panels.
The car has been reliable, starts on the button and as I say we used it for a recent week away in the New Forest and covered over 500 miles with a 37 MPG economy no noticeable oil consumption and no problems. It tracks as straight as a die and I am confident that it would get you home with no problems. The oil pressure is up to 6 bar (on 10w-40) when cold and drops to 5 when really hot at speed and about 2 bar at idle when hot. Last oil change was in the summer and it has only done about 2000 miles since then I suppose.
For the last MOT the front swivels, front tyres (Firestone TZ200)and the front-rear metal brake pipe were replaced. The corners of the sills were welded and the cavities were wax coated to protect. ALL of the plastic parts (arches and sills) have been removed and the arches are solid and have been waxoiled afterwards. The whole underside has been waxoyl undersealed after treating any patches with 'Trustan'. The car drives really well and as I have had one previously and also an Alfetta GTV so I know how well these cars can handle. I think the 155 may disappoint in this area with all that weight at the front!
any more questions please give me a shout