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  1. 156 check up - bugger!

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Well took the ol girl in for a check up and the garage identified some faults - strange that for an alfa :D So have a couple of questions that I hope you guys could answer, as well as give me some guidence on whether the prices quoted seem reasonable. 1) OSF Top arm needs replacing £132.93 to...
  2. Bugger

    Alfa GTA
    Well I have been expecting this for a while but today while "streamlining" a roundabout I got MCSF and she went into limp mode while going round one the the major roundabouts in Peterborough which made me look like a total plank :o anyway nowt new there :lol: I managed to get out the way on the...
  3. Refusal of MOT certificate. bugger

    Alfa 145 & 146
    just had my MOT done and fail. big problem: the brake pipe was corroded, but was fine until tester poked a hole in it, and now it leaks, ah well, better it happen there than when i'm gunning it down a back road eh? Is this a difficult job to do? other than that, a bit of welding and changing...
  4. Temperamental little bugger!!

    Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    Hi all!! i recently posted on how my GTV is being a bit temperamental...Sometimes she wont accelerate very well and missfires...all signs aim towards spark plugs i thought!! I havent yet changed them as i wanto eliminate most factors before spending hard cash on wrong parts! Anyway,the simptoms...
  5. Oh bugger!

    Alfa 164 & 166
    Was replacing my boot badge today (why is it plastic now instead of die cast metal?). Just putting the fiddly circlip back over the spring/plastic cap and lost the clip down the boot, of course. Shut boot to try to shake back out, forgetting that I had disconnected wire link from key to release...
  6. Bugger!

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Just attempted an oil change on my 147, located the filter and sump plug, added engine flush then waited until the engine had colled slightly, went to take out the plug and the hex has been rounded by the last person who changed it. Im obviously going to get it booked into the garage asap but...
  7. Oh Bugger!

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Picked up my 156 today,heart ruled head,turns out the service history is non-existant! I know i should have asked but it looks gorgeous,the only paperwork I have is showing the cambelt and variators changed at 56000 miles,about 40000 miles ago! I'm now paranoid,drove home 40 miles and sounded...
  8. oh bugger

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    so i am now the proud owner of a knakered 156 1 week in to it's new mot the cam belt has destroyed the engine:rant: any tips on where to get it sorted? its a 1.8 2000 plate. any help is much appreciated.:confused:
  9. Oh Bugger. :cry:

    Motoring Images
    The start of the New Year and my beloved 156 decides to throw a hissy fit on the outside lane of the M62 at 80ish mph. Motor Control Failure. VDC Failure. ABS Failure. ASR Failure. Coil Light Flashing. Lost nearly all power.:rolleyes: It felt like only 70 of the 230 odd horses were still...
  10. Bugger! AFM/MAF?

    Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    Hi, Well I have searched the forums and I think the MAF/AFM is on its way out. Car struggles to accelerate once above 4000rpm (although will rev freely to the limiter when in neutral). Couple of questions: 1) Does this indeed sound like the AFM? 2) How easy is it to disconnect to do a test...
  11. rattly old bugger

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    my 129k mile 156 jtd 'wagon is starting to sound like a 300k mile peugeot. i need to replace a whole shed load of front suspension bits and a wheel bearing. does anyone have an off-the-top-of-their-head figure £? to replace drop links, wishbone bushes, ball joints, track rod ends, and is it...
  12. Some bugger hit my 147 last night and drove off...

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hello all.. Some bugger hit the passenger side of my 147 last night and drove off, long scratch on the door and the wing-mirror was ripped off...hope they rot and die a painful death..poor Alfie. Pete.
  13. Double Bugger - Dosn't sound good!

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Started up the car this morning and as i set off down the road I could hear a slight rattle. I pulled over and a quick look round. I carried on on my way. Car is silent until about 30mph then the flapping/knocking sound gets queit loud. I tried dipping the clutch but it still makes the sound...
  14. Oh Bugger 2

    General Alfa Discussion
    Got my repaired GTV back today (previous post "Oh Bugger"). To anyone in the Ipswich area I can recommend a) Norwich Union for insurance - one 'phone call and 3 hours later a courtesy car is delivered and mine taken for repair b) D J Mackenzies of Woodbridge who did the repairs - kept me...
  15. Oh Bugger

    General Alfa Discussion
    I have posted this on another Alfa forum and when I say it happened to my GTV you may realise which forum it was. However I see no reason not to post here as well as I appreciate both sites. There I was driving at about 10mph yesterday in the snow. In the village where I live there is a hill...
  16. 164TS Master Cylinder. Bugger!

    Alfa 164 & 166
    Hello, Came home courtesy of the AA last night as my master cylinder decided to put my clutch pedal verifiably beyond use. It is my fault as I should have had it looked at months back when the warning signs started. The pedal has sometimes failed to return to it's rest position. I was hoping...
  17. Oh bugger!

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    This morning I saw a sad sight; a jacknifed car and trailer on the A31 Eastbound near Ringwood. Sadder still, it was a 147GTA on the trailer, being towed by a Fiat MultiplexCinema. The Googleplex was facing the wrong way down the carriageway and the GTA and trailer were about 20 yards further...
  18. Bugger

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    My Alfa 156 has finally let me down, I'm crushed. :( Lost my clutch cable on a back road just north of Lytham earlier this evening. Needed a tow from a friend's RAV-4 - I'm never going to hear the end of it... Any idea how much it'll cost to fix at my local independent...? MR
  19. Mind that verge!OH BUGGER.

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Just managed to smash the foglight doing a u-turn and managing to hit a grass verge.Now my baby is looking very sorry for itself.Anyone know what sort of price i'm lookin at to replace it?Do they come as single units?Anyone know of a place where i might get one off a scrapper?Thanks in...
  20. Noisy Bugger

    Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    Hi All, HELP - I have a noisy GTV. The top end of the engine sounds noisy on tick over (like a diesel), above 1800rpm the noise dissapears and the engine sounds sweet. The car has covered 60,000 miles and has full AR service history (oil level is regulary checked). Has anyone else...