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  1. I sold 'Alfenia' today

    Republic of Ireland Gone, not forgotten, children :cry: in their bedrooms
  2. Selling Alfenia....

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  3. Alfenia: When braking in anger

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Tonight coming into work, yes back on the dreaded nights, I had at least 2 occasions to use Alfenia's *groovey* disc in anger. 1st occasion: driving on an R road at 65mph [ 50 is the speed limit] i came around a corner onto a short straight < 80 yards. In the middle of the straight were 3 cars...
  4. Today I almost *lost* Alfenia

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    As some of you know my original front tyre were well fubar'd. So this morning I went to a local tyre supplier & spent €185 spent on 2 tyres. If left the Continental Sport Contact 2's on the front, just got them balanced. The new tyres i put onto the rear & got them balanced too :). I also got 4...
  5. Alfenia, come back, i miss you !!!

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    No i haven't sold or crashed her. My younger bro is home for a few weeks from the land of Oz.I have given him Alfenia to drive around in as he has a wife & 6 week old baby. With A/c & all the gizmos it'll be more comfortable for them than my wifes Impreza. I am have serious withdrawl...
  6. Alfenia, when driving in anger......

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    ........... she can move :) Tonight on the way to work i was under abit of pressure ot make it on time. Traveling 40 miles of back road [ r class in ireland, b class in uk ] in < 35 minutes, which is zoned at 50mph :D Good twisty stuff, dry tarmac, fairly quite for the most part, barring the...
  7. Alfenia V's Truck V's Dog

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    I had a close one with Alfenia on Wednesday morning going to work. Truck doing 45 to 50 mph on a R [ B in UK] road. Followed it thro a series of bends & then went to over take on a 200 yard straight. Dropping her to 3rd, had moved over with my left front wheel along side its right rear corner...
  8. Alfenia: I broke her AFM

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Today I tried to clean the AFm even more by pushing a cotton bud in between the sensor & the side. I got more dirt off it but not the car idles very very irratically :o AFM: Bosch 0 280 218 019 I called the dealer, €239 + 21% vat, close on €300 :( I called a couple of breaks yards but none...
  9. Alfenia: *Diesel* sound gone

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Alfenia used to sound like a tractor upon start up. As it had been serviced by an AR dealer-ship, I decided to do *something* about it myself, as i have ZERO confidence in them. :( I bought a can of Bardahl, engine de-gunker, costing < €8. [ I guess any *other* brand might/would work too ] I...
  10. Alfenia: Temperature now reads almost 90 deg C

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    I'm pleased to announce that Alfenias temperature issue is now solved :) Previous to replacing the the main engine cooling thermostat, which i completed today, the engine temp would only get to approx 70 deg c from cold & when driving would actually sit at < 60 deg C. Only when stopped in a...
  11. Alfenia: MPG has improved

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    As many of you know my 3 months ownership of my 2.0L T/s 156, called Alfenia, has been a *testing* period for me. I have had many issues with this car, mostly related to lack of power when cold or lack of performance when on the move. To summaries my findings: 1. Dirty MAF/AFM, cleaned up 2...
  12. Alfenia

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    I call my AR 156 Alfenia. She is my *Black Beauty*. I purchased her on Feb 5th 2005, so I now have her 3 months. Its been turbulent times. History She was Reg'd March 2000 to a Hair Shampoo Co, if you have seen/know me you'd understand the irony in that. Her 2nd owner was a private owner & had...
  13. Alfenia: Spark Plug's gap

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Today I decided to try to a bit more to *improve* Alfenia's health. I decided to double check any work that was recently performed by an AR mechanic, as I have zero faith in their abilities :( I decided to check the spark plugs as they had been replaced at 60k miles by an AR garage I removed...
  14. Alfenia's Mud Flaps are?

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    Be honest, don't hold back, don't think of my tender feelings :p
  15. Alfenia: Pic's of her after her shower

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Long promised, here at last. This evening I DIY washed Alfenia. I am hoping to get a few hours at her tomorrow to remove tar & give her a good shine up. As you can see she is a plain looking ould yoke :o Maybe more pic's tomorrow evening.
  16. Alfenia's has a rusty sunroof

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Just as I thought I was near an end here comes another *issue*....... rusty frame around the sunroof glass. Initially I looked at the s/r because when travelling in excess of 50 mph a whistling noise could be heard coming from the sunroof. I made an adjustment this morning but only a slight...
  17. Alfenia's brakes .... update

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    This morning, after learning how to bleed my clutch I decided to make my 1st attempt to improve my brakes. 1. I disconnected the ABS power lead from the battery. its the smallest one that is connected to the + side, via a red coloured mini-fuse. now I have a warning light on in the senter of...
  18. 156: I hate my *Alfenia*

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    156: I used to *hate* my Alfenia, now I lust 'er I have lost all my desire to own/keep my 156. Its looks great but it ain't worth a carp to accelerate. :( Even on the motorways when doing 70mph I have to drop to 4th or 3rd to get good accerelation. My wife's 1.6 Impreza moves better at these...