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  1. 159 Harmonic Balancer Failures

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    2007 159JTD 2.4l Diesel (x6 speed manual) : 83k kms What is the 'usual' life for the HB's in the above models? Are there systemic problems or manufacturer spec issues with the HB's? My 1st failure was at 58k kms (burn't out 2.5yrs ago) Latest failure at 83k kms (catastrophic mecahnical) Engine...
  2. Are headgasket failures common on Cloverleaf models?

    Alfa Giulietta
    Have just come across a very nice 2010 Cloverleaf with 92k miles for £3k, the problem is that it has a headgasket failure. Is this a common issue on the Giulietta and is the dreaded alfa water pump the usual culprit? Anybody had a similar experience and be able to offer guidance on what else I...
  3. 1750 TBi Water bottle failures

    South Africa
    The water bottle on my 159 1750TBi has now failed twice in the space of 13 months, and I know there have been several others on this forum with the same issue. Surely there is something wrong with the design/manufacture of this part? Who else has had this issue?
  4. 147 JTD multiple turbo failures

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hi all South African Alfa owner here. Onto my issues... I own a 2006 147 JTD 16v, done around 150k km, I've owned the car since about 58k. Around 3 months back there was a dreaded metalling tearing and the car was down on power. I immediately was sure it was a failed turbo. Drove it home...
  5. Short Flexi Downpipe - Two new replacements, two failures. Why?

    Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    Formerly Knoppy1987 - but having troubles like a few others on passwords. As the thread suggests, I had both downpipes replaced recently on my GTV 3.0 V6 CF2 and the flexi section on the shorter pipe is buzzing initially before turning into a full on noisy and horrible blow. The originals did...
  6. Alfa Romeo Spider hood and boot failures

    Introduce Yourself
    WE HAVE THE ALFA ROMEO SPIDER 2007 I recently tried to open my boot with the key fob but it wouldn't open, but it did lock the doors. I then tried to put the hood down but it came up with the 'temporary hood failure' message. The windows were now stuck open. The boot was opened via the cable in...
  7. Multi-AIR failures explained:

    South Africa
    I just thought I'd have a look at how the multi-AIR system works and it is quite interesting: Here is a of the valve control system on the inlet end of the multi-AIR system. The engine is basically a 16V SOHC unit with the exhaust valves running directly off the camshaft as normal and the inlet...
  8. Oil thoughts on MA failures

    Alfa MiTo
    Well, I've spent hours trawling the web regarding oils, ratings, viscosities, centipoise at 212 fahrenheit etc.... My low down is: 1) The lower rating i.e 0, 5 or 10 is irrelevent for generally temperate climates, 5 is probably optimum 2) 70 percent of engine wear occurs at starting to achieving...
  9. Multiair Failures

    Alfa MiTo
    Hi Guys, there are lots of Posts regarding Multi air failures, can anyone please explain to me what is a Multi air failure, is it a EMS issue or is it a mechanical breakdown within the cylinder head, and if so is there anything that you can do to try and prevent such a breakdown. If...
  10. MOT failures... price estimate?

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    My 51 plate Alfa 147 1.6 TS Lusso (88k mileage) failed MOT today... Only on a couple things though... Offside headlamp aim too low Centre exhaust system not adequately supported Nearside outer sill seat belt anchorage is corroded (1area size of 10p) Offside outer sill seat anchorage is...
  11. 147 Multiple Electrical Failures - Not a coincidence?

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hi all, I'm posting on behalf of a friend who I recently passed the Alfa Bug to. He bought a 147 1.9 JTD 8v (115PS), and he's Italian without any usable no claims bonus here in the UK. As a result, he was shafted with insurance a bit and was forced to get a black box installed with his...
  12. Multiple failures after plugging battery back in!

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Ok so had poor power under 2500 rpm for a while, yesterday I thought I'd investigate, long story short found vac leak that problem is probably solved, only I don't know because after plugging the battery back in the car won't run, it turns over but dash says immobiliser failure, vdc failure abs...
  13. Expansion tank caps failures

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    After some search about the expansion tank caps. Do pressure caps fail in both ways i.e. they don't allow the pressure to build up (1.4 bar) and this leads to overheating or they allow to much pressure to build up leading to coolant loss (marks of coolant around the cap). Does this make any...
  14. MOT failures....

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hi all. Well, I just got my GT back from the MOT station and it failed. On 7 things! Most of them are easy to fix (new tyres etc.) But the ones I need advice on are: Nearside front upper radius arm has excessive play in a bush.... now is this easy to replace myself?! Next is Offside rear brake...
  15. MOT Failures - advice please

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Mot failed today, following things: 001 (pump area) Fuel System component leaking 002 Both Front Position lamps not working 003 Offside registration plate lamp not working 004 Nearside rear trailing arm has excessive play in a pin/bush 005 Offside rear trailing arm has excessive play in...
  16. Pressure wash yesterday, light sensor failures today...

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Morning all, Not sure if the two are related but had the car cleaned yesterday and the initial rinse was with a low power pressure washer (i.e nothing too rigorous) anyway, turn the car on this morning and first get left side-light failure alert, then 1 min later break light failure alert...
  17. Power Steering Failures

    Alfa MiTo
    I have a 2009 MiTo 155 Veloce I have had a couple of occasions in the last 2 years when I started the engine but had no power steering. Each time, when I switched off the Ignition and started again, normal operation resumed and the steering has never failed in motion. I understand that the...
  18. Electronic control unit failures?

    Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    After a conversation with a breaker in which he stated that GTVs are being scrapped because of electronic component failures, I began to wonder if anyone has experienced failure of these components.. After some research I found that integrated circuits seem to have a life expectancy of between...
  19. Woe is me. ABS, VDR ASR Failures, won't start & suspected snapped handbrake cable

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    About a month ago a drove through a flood, car made through. Stopped for petrol about an hour later, car wouldn't start, not even turn over. In fact when I turned the key, it cut all dash lights and electrics. Loads of random VDR / ABS errors etc. Thought soaked battery / alternator. Walked...
  20. Solution confirmed:ABS & VDC System failures

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    My GT has suffered with these errors for about a year; must admit it was a lot of fun to do some high speed mountain passes & cornering without electronic assistance, but finally the continous beeping and error display just got too much. Having searched the forum a while ago, I concluded that...
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