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  1. Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    To the mods: If there is a better spot for this, happy for you to either move it, or hint heavily at me as to where you would like me to move it. Also, if this bends any of the forum rules, I apologise! To readers: This is not my tale of woe, but it does seem to be worth a read...
  2. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    So, the Clover failed its emissions test today. Scored a 1.4 when the plate said it required 1.1 Do you think an additive would lower it enough? Also it failed because the system said it should have a DPF, but correct me if I’m wrong, GT’s never had DPF’s fitted in the U.K. It’s a 2009 1.9 GT...
  3. Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    Current steed is a GTV but I'm looking at a Brera. I saw quite a nice one on Saturday but the passenger airbag light, in the roof panel, was on permanently. There are no lights on the dash or beeps on start up. Since the owner doesn't have kiddies, I doubt if this is deliberate and suspect a...
  4. Alfa 164 & 166
    .... on a split outer CV boot (about £60 to fix incl labour) & headlamp levelling device has come away (a bit of glue will fix it so the MOT guy told me). And that's it! Pretty pleased considering it's 14 years old / 116k miles. I keep telling myself it's all down to the inherently high quality...
  5. Alfa Giulietta
    Morning all, I'm hoping that someone might be able to assist me... I've got a 2013 Giulietta 2.0JTDM 140. The car went for MOT yesterday and failed on emissions. It's since "passed", but I need to get the emissions sorted ASAP, or it will fail again next year and so on. For information...
  6. Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    Once again, my 2.4 Brera has failed its MoT on visible smoke. This happened last year but some diesel cleaner and a regen whilst on a run up the M5 seemed to satisfy the test station, though it was a different tester. Now it has failed on visible smoke again, despite having passed the emissions...
  7. Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    Well it failed... Front side passenger brake hose worn and leaking.. Mind i did wonder why the braking felt a little odd....
  8. Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    It failed. Not too bad. Drop links both sides,a CV boot is split and needs replacing, handbrake just below min so I guess adjustment or new pads and bizarrely the hazard warning lights don’t work. Indicators work fine on the stalk...perhaps a switch issue. Im getting old for doing it Ipoh the...
  9. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    So yesterday was the big day. After being stood for about 18 months my TS went it's MOT. The only "work" done apart from the airbag system was wiper blades, and reconnecting the feed for a relay I added to stop the battery drain issue. The list was, very small actually. Excessive wear on the...
  10. Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    I know it’s not unusual to have a gtv/spider fail an mot with handbrake issues. Part of my mot fail was due to the above, thing is my slides slide beautifully, pistons turn back in an easy manner, calipers not that old, new pads sanded before inserting, pad pins perfectly in piston, cables are...
  11. Mot

    Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    The V6 Spider went for it's MOT last week. It failed. Handbrake inefficient Juddering brakes. Broken rear coil springs Headlight misalignment Steering rack boot. CV joint boot. Tyre tread below 1.6 mm both front. Tyre cords exposed - rear offside Antiroll bar worn. Damage to nearside...
  12. Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    Evening chaps, haven't been on here for a good while but the car's failed its MOT and I may need some advice for best repair. So the fails.... Front Exhaust emissions likely to be affected by an exhaust leak flexi blowing (8.2.1.1 (b)) Exhaust carbon monoxide content after 2nd fast idle...
  13. General Motoring Discussion
    A brief report in the Daily Telegraph says that more than 7.5 million vehicles failed the annual MoT test last year. 34% of cars and vans initially failed according to a report from DVSA. Vehicles that failed had an average of three faults. Lighting and signalling were the biggest issues...
  14. Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    My Brera was subjected to its MOT last week, it's the first one I have put it through since purchasing last year. I spent 1 weekend last summer preparing the sub frames for winter. The car failed, one broken handbrake cable which I did on the way to the test station, no advisories, a great...
  15. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hi, my 156 JTS has just failed the MOT on the emissions test. The garage reckons it probably needs a new cat. It's done 137,000 miles and to my knowledge has never had a cat replacement before. Given the attached test results, would you agree with the garage's recommendation? I'm a bit concerned...
  16. Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    Hi to all, I've been deliberating/stalling for nearly a year as to what to do with my 2001 2.0TS Lusso GTV. I've had the car since 2012 and it's been great fun but sadly failed on rust underneath "Nearside Rear Seat belt anchorage prescribed area is excessively corroded Floor . (5.2.6) and...
  17. Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    Hi all I am a bit lat to this party but i have just had my first MOT under the new emission rules. I have searched the forum but not really found the answer i need. I have a 2010 159 2.0 jtdm 170 all standard with 104k miles on it. I love the car and want to keep it for many more years to...
  18. Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    There are plates either side that support the front subframe that bolt to the floor of our '96 Spider. The bushes are buggered. Any ideas on how to find replacements?
  19. Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    Hi, Just had a failed MOT on steering rack gaiter (which is fair do's as one is split). But I have these other two advisaries :- Seat Belt Anchorage prescribed area is corroded but considered excessive Near side & Offside front [7.11(a) (!) ] Is this inside the car or outside? lot of work...
  20. Alfa 164 & 166
    Took the 166 in for its MoT yesterday - which it passed, with a couple of advisories. One of which was that the nearside ball joint boot is damaged... which is on the lower arm that was replaced no more than a month ago... Now - I bought this part new (an expensive OEM item) intending to fit...
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