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  1. MA oil top up conundrum

    Alfa Giulietta
    61 plate 1.4 MA (170), that I've owned for about a month now. Engine oil is starting to get a bit low (just over a 3rd of the way down the dip stick - I know, I should have checked!) Reading around on the MA engines I know that they're quite particular about oil. Digging into the history of mine...
  2. Wiper Conundrum

    The Classic Alfa Romeos
    I have fitted a new wiper motor in an attempt to sort out single speed (fast) operation and no parking function. New motor is fitted and moves the wipers nice and smoothly in the correct arc however: 1. Parking function parks them halfway up the screen. If I disconnect the wash/wipe foot switch...
  3. Conundrum

    General Motoring Discussion
    Two cars. One, a 59 reg Peugeot 407 coupé 3.0 hdi with 26k on the clock. Allegedly, only 35 or so cars remaining. Annual tax is £300. The other, an Alfa Romeo 2.2 Brera S Prodrive with 84k on the clock. As far as I know, there were only 300 made and possibly less than that remaining on the...
  4. Stop-Start conundrum......

    Alfa Giulia
    I know this topic has been done to death but is there any reason for the following. My Stop/Start hasn't worked for months yet suddenly, on Wednesday it worked.....ALL DAY!!! Come Thursday it's back to normal - no Stop/Start, and Friday and today. My car starts everytime, first time. I have no...
  5. Front subframe conundrum

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    After scrabbling around under my 159 last weekend and seeing the condition of the front subframe I've decided that my initial plan to wire brush, Kurust and Hammerite it isn't going to be enough to save or protect it. The radiator support brackets are as crumbly as oatcakes, the front crossbar...
  6. 159 nero carbonio conundrum

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    Evening all. The seemingly perennial nero carbonio paint code query again. I bought a dealer 2011 159 ti that had at some point previously had had a small knock on the nearside front passenger door repaired but there was still a slight indent. Asked them to fix as a part of the sale. Picked car...
  7. Airbag wiring conundrum

    General Motoring Discussion
    My son thought it would be great to pull on some loose wires under the front passenger seat in the SAAB. Consequently the airbag malfunction light has come on. I have a selection of wirey bits now to work out what goes where.... See pics attached. Any ideas of what goes where?? I've tried the...
  8. Servicing conundrum

    Alfa Giulia
    Ive had fairly shocking after sales from my dealer (its not the same people as the salesmen i dealt with pre the car arriving obviously, whom gave me excellent service) lack of responsiveness to emails, failure to fit things to the car for months etc. My conundrum is i need to sign up for a...
  9. Paintwork restoration conundrum #2

    Car Detailing
    I have 2003 166 in Proteo Red in good all round condition. However, it's suffering from some small patches of lacquer peel on the roof. Short of a pro respray, are there any DIY options to repair lacquer peel - or at least stop it spreading? Cheers, Jeremy
  10. Paint restoration conundrum #1

    Car Detailing
    I bought a '96 Spider in Rosso 130 earlier this year. It has obviously had some paintwork done in its time - and some of the paint has gone flat, with an 'oxidised' look. In years gone by, I would have got to work with some T-Cut to remove the oxidised layer before polishing; but this makes no...
  11. A conundrum for the radio experts.

    The Technology Section
    In my role as a motor sport marshalling Post Chief I use, at most circuits, a VHF-NFM radio. As it can be difficult hearing a hand-held radio in close proximity to racing cars, when a headset is not available I use my Maycom AR-109 scanner to listen to radio traffic. Oddly, at Croft last...
  12. Boot badge conundrum

    Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    I have a deeper style boot badge on my 2001 GTV Cup that doesn't have the locating tab at the bottom. Every bottom swivel badge I see for sale is the plastic type with the thinner gold surround. Any ideas what part number I need?
  13. Driveshaft Bolt Conundrum

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hi all. Does anyone out there know how to get access to the inboard rear nuts and the allen heads on the ns ts drive shaft bolts, and at the same time with the subframe in place? I don't know if I'm just being thick here or not, but lying underneath the car I can get a 13mm spanner to the nut...
  14. QNAP NAS Conundrum

    The Technology Section
    Wonder if anybody can point me in the right direction here as I am truly stumped. I have a QNAP TS-210 NAS drive, OK it's the basic version but does what I need it to do which is store photos, videos and stream my music collection to my Cambridge Audio NP30 network player. Up until the recent...
  15. Wifi conundrum

    The Technology Section
    I have a talktalk fibre optic internet connection. It goes from the BT master socket, through the wall to the garage. To a BT open reach fibre box. That then connects to a talk talk wireless router. The wireless router connects to a power line adaptor. Another power line/wifi adaptor lives on...
  16. Conundrum. I have been thinking about buying a GT

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    and in my head, I was going to buy a diesel, as typically I drive about 300 miles a week (mostly dual carriageway) and I think I would benefit from the improved fuel economy. However, my head has been turned...... Today I have been offered a petrol Blackline, which is on an 07 plate, has...
  17. A fuel conundrum.

    General Alfa Discussion
    I drive, on a regular basis, from my home near Felixstowe in Suffolk to my daughter's in Tonbridge Kent. It is a near as dammit 100 miles and I fill up to the max before setting off. When I get there the fuel gauge is showing 3/4 full. Upon leaving Tonbridge I fill up again - Today £24 using...
  18. Boot lid conundrum?

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    Hello, this is only my second post so please forgive me if I do it wrong? I have a 2010 159TI 1.9 diesel. Recently the boot lid failed to open either on the key or by pushing the badge. According to a local main dealer they claim it needs a new boot lock despite the fact that they managed to...
  19. Panzerwagen emissions conundrum

    General Motoring Discussion
    The car is my 1993 C4 Audi 100E 2.0 8v. Last week it failed its MoT on, amongst other things, a massive split in the exhaust just upstream of the cat and emissions. Last week’s emissions were: Fast idle test CO = 0.36 (needs to be no more than 0.3) Fail HC = 73 (needs to be no more than 200)...
  20. Steering rack/ clutch conundrum :$

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    I am in a bit of conundrum. I bought my Alfa 159 2.4 from a garage a month ago. After driving it for a while I noticed occasional “squeaking” while parking, I noticed that the red stuff was still in the steering fluid reservoir. So I booked it in at a respectable Alfa specialist in the region...
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