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  1. The little things in life

    Alfa Giulia
    Hi All! New owner of my first Alfa really happy with looks the drive etc of my Veloce (Giulia) 67plate. Driving to work this morning noticed rear window didn’t de-mist little not annoying tbh but im hoping it’s covered on manufacturers warranty. (Still a year left) is it also common this make...
  2. 156 end of life...

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    It is with great sadness that my V6 156 has failed again on rust, Optima said the MOT man effectively condemned it. After several years of being welded up and a lot of make do and mend stuff such as window winders, door handles, key transponder problems, sidelight bulb faffery, suspension...
  3. Country Life reviews the Stelvio!

    Alfa Stelvio With its forensically sharp yet silky steering and obligatory Italian good looks, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is an all-round delight....
  4. 2.4 Crankshaft Pulley Life Expectancy

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    I have no idea if the pulley on my car was the original one or not but it failed in May 2017 and was replaced by my local garage (with a non genuine one they supplied) at 91500 miles. Tonight that one failed, fortunately no damage to anything other than the pulley, lots of smoke! Mileage now...
  5. I think I need a 3.2 v6 Busso in my life..

    Alfa GTA
    I've had a few newish cars over the last few years - a couple of Golf R's and I've just sold a Merc E63s... but I'm hankering after something a bit different, a bit less German, with a proper engine, which I won't lose money on. I currently can't see beyond a 3.2 v6 Busso at the moment. My...
  6. I think I need a 3.2 v6 Busso in my life..

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    ..actually this is probably best in the GTA thread.
  7. Life with a £50 Alfa 156

    General Alfa Discussion
    Well worth a read, captures everything we all know and love about the brand...£50-alfa-romeo-156/ar-BBU0V1i?li=BBoPJKX
  8. Battery life

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hi there! I wondered if anybody had any advice? I’m going to put my GTA in storage maybe the odd start up or two in a month. I wondered what I could do about keeping the battery topped up. My big issue is I have no power sockets and in the garage!!
  9. Sportiva Nav 2.0 175bhp TCT - Real life MPG?

    Alfa Giulietta
    Hi All, new here, although had a Mito for the last 4 years. Hopefully upgrading to the 175bhp diesel Sportiva Nav Giulietts and whilst the official economy figures sound amazing I guess they are rather fantasy! I just wondered if anyone else has this model and what MPG they tended to get...
  10. gearbox oil is black - sealed for life they say.

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    Just did an oil /filter change on the v6 qtronic (car in photo) - apparently it had a service before i bought it, but the oil that came out was pitch black. running so much better now. anyway, i thought i'd see what condition the automatic fluid is in while i was under the car. loosened off...
  11. Driving as a metaphor for life

    General Motoring Discussion
    Evening folks, Crikey, it's chilly outside! ;-) While being aggressively tailgated by a van today - despite me driving at a solid 33 mph - I started thinking that driving is a bit like life. You should always keep your distance, think before you act and have a escape route planned should...
  12. Life of an Exhaust System

    Alfa Giulietta
    I have a 2011(June) 1.4 Multiair with 70,000 miles. The car is still on the original exhaust and there is no sound of exhaust leaks and the last service did not produce any advisory info. This is a much longer life than on any previous car I have had so I am wondering how much longer it has...
  13. Extending battery life whilst parked

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    I will be parking up my 159 SW off site for 4 weeks shortly and I know that the battery will slowly discharge over that time because of the electronics in the car. There is a 12v power point in the boot and I wondered if I could connect an auxiliary battery here to trickle charge the main...
  14. 164 Super 24V idler bearings service life

    Alfa 164 & 166
    Dear Friends, I had the timing belt changed in my 24V 164 in 2013 May after a breakage (just 500km after I bought it, that's a different unfortunate story). Then it was not driven for a long time for various issues such as valve replacement, cambelt tensioner not available for some time...
  15. Life after a busso v6?

    General Alfa Discussion
    So it look's as if my 166 V6 has finally had it , the diff failed and it needs a new gearbox and I've come to the conclusion that our time together is now up due to the cost of repairs over the past 12 month's. I'm finding it hard to think of a car that will match the V6 performance , or more...
  16. Newbie to the alfa life 3 weeks in already in love

    Introduce Yourself
    Hi i have just bought my first alfa. A 1.9 alfa gt fairly standard. Has an updated clutch and smf poly front anti roll bar and egr dellette. Had my first problem tho couple of days ago the window refused to move from half way. Big managed to get it up now. I will look into more wen i have...
  17. How I extended the life of my glow plug controller

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    Hi! My 1.9 jtdm 16V was having some difficulties starting when cold, a couple of days later I got an error message, something like "pre-heating glow plugs not available". I checked all of the glow plugs and they all drew the same amount of current, no open circuits, so that left the glow plug...
  18. Infotainment System Power Cycling or 'day 2 in the life of a Quadrifoglio'

    Alfa Giulia
    Yesterday on the 50 miles home from the dealer all aspects of the Infotainment unit worked fine. Today, it only stays on for a minute or so until it cuts out going completely blank and silent, sometimes coming back on briefly after a few minutes. The only different thing I did today was I...
  19. Turbo life span?

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hello. I've been sitting at home lately a lot and started to wonder what's the life expectancy of a turbo on one of our cars, 147 1.9 16V in my case. My car has 95k miles and the turbo works perfectly *knocks on wood*, but in the case of needing to replace it, at what time can I expect that to...