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Back in an Alfa!

I finally found a decent 156 today, I'm over the moon!

You wouldn't believe the state of the ones in Cork I've looked at. I had to go to Newbridge for this one... but it was well worth it!

She's a '00 2.0 TS, Cosmos Blue and tight as a drum. NCT'd 'til January and taxed 'til next month. The timing belt was done 20k miles ago, along with the variator, balancer belt, etc. It also got a new MAF, thermostat, tyres and brakes all round. Absolute stunner of a car, and I got it for 650 quid!

The wishbones are knackered, but I'll sort them shortly...

I never realised how much I missed my old 156 until I drove this one, the spin back down the toll road was immense!

Pics to follow

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Congrats & well wear with your new 156, sounds like you got a good deal
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Thanks David!

Yep, I'm absolutely delighted with her

There's a bit more torque than my old 1.8, the pick-up from 70mph in 5th is something special indeed - amazing car for overtaking!
 
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That'll be useful on the autobahn
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Haha, indeed
 
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ha I cannot see KPH on the dash either and drive in MPH ..
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2.0 TS... Fantastic. Great engine for a great looking car.. Photos ASAP...!
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The wishbones are knackered, but I'll sort them shortly...
Sounds like a bargain, if you are planning on doing the work yourself there are some good 'how to' guides in the 156 tech lounge.

Good luck with it!
 
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Thanks!

I won't be doing the wishbones myself, that's a job for the mechanic

So, I gave her a wash this morning - and treated her to a new set of wiper blades (Valeo "flat blades" - they look a bit weird, but they do the job) - and took a few snaps when she was dry!

My phone's camera is only a 3.2MP job, so they're not great.

Anyway, here are the pics

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The steering wheel is fairly worn (it has done almost 115k miles), so I might get a leather cover for it - 20 quid in Halfords. The exhaust looks newish too.

I didn't like the look of the velour, until I actually sat in it - so comfy!

I've got the bonnet badge sourced, as well as a set of teledials...

...and I'm also debating whether to swap the wood dash for a carbon one I have in the shed!

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Looks great. I like the beefy 2.0 tailpipe exhaust
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looks in great condition especially considering the work already done, nice one!
 
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Bargain , swap the wood out
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Thanks lads

Yep, that wood will be coming out! I might get some leather eventually too...

I also took off the undertray this morning, it was catching on speedramps

Oh, I almost forgot... I actually had a bit of trouble with my insurance company (AXA, if anyone's interested):

I went in to transfer the insurance to the Alfa, only to be told it was in a higher category than I was cleared to drive - it was group 31, apparently.
I asked her to read out the details of the car, and they had it on the system as a JTS...

Fast-forward five minutes, and I had her convinced the system was wrong - which it was, obviously. She put in the details manually, and I got a quote then. The 2.0 TS is group 28, so presumably my limit is 30.

She gave me a temporary disc (a whole ten day's worth) and told me to bring in the logbook by then to prove it's a TS, or my insurance will be cancelled! I hope the logbook makes it back in time...

At any rate, my insurance is only gone up by €90, not bad considering I transferred it from an E36 318i - a whole 40bhp less than the Alfa!

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Thats a nice clean looking 156 and for a good price too!

You know you could stick a 20euro cover on the wheel but I have a guy recovering a steering wheel for me at the mo. Before and after pics soon.

Fair play & happy motoring!
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Cheers lads!

Straight swap for your GTA, Paddy?
 
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Cheers lads!

Straight swap for your GTA, Paddy?
Haha the gta is long gone, I'm in limbo now, driving any auld banger I can get a loan of for a few days, Toyota corolla tonight, rover 75 tomorrow, my family have awful taste...
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Jaysus Paddy- I genuinely feel sorry for ya having to drive those
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Ah the Rover's a classy enough car, especially with the quad-cam KV6 engine.

I am a little biased though - I had two Rovers that I loved to death, but both of 'em blew head gaskets... Damn K-Series!
 
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Well wear with the 156 , great car if you see a red GT around 06 D .. give us a wave , we might even wave back
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And Dermo looks just like his avatar pic...
Whilst roaring out the window "that would be an ecumenical matter"

and at a garda breathaliser checkpoint "drink!"

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Cheers Dermo, I'll give ya a wave if I see ya

Also, be sure to keep away from those bottles of Dreamy Sleepy Nighty Snoozy Snooze

I think I saw your GT in Blackpool Shopping Centre recently enough! I was the guy in the old E36, picking his jaw back up off the floor....

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