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  1. South Africa
    So on the 18th of March I took delivery of a 2015 Fiat 500S 1.4 with 17000km on the clock from Grand Central Midrand. At the time I requested that ONLY the manufacturer maintenance plan be extended for an additional 2 years because the standard 3 year plan will run out in June. This was despite...
  2. Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    Hi all. I was thinking of getting the Spider resprayed this winter, but have decided to do some work on her first so as not to get any knocks or scratches on the new paint work, when I do the other bits and pieces!! Will be having the brakes, shocks and springs done. (2 litre,03 plate) Now my...
  3. General Motoring Discussion
    I've started using Sixt car hire at Heathrow T5. Mainly because they are in the onsite hotel. So you just walk through to a pick up the car and dropping back is the same. The nice desk girl offered a selection of mundane low-midrange cars. "Got any Fiats?" I asked. Apparently they binned...
  4. South Africa
    So my pensioner mum owns a 2008 Mercedes-Benz A170 Automatic which experienced a gearbox failure in December. It's transpired that the valve body which is part of the gearbox control mechanism had given up the ghost causing the car to be locked into second gear. Seeing as the car is out of...
  5. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Ive just recently replaced the rear strut on an 01 147 where the coil spring had shot through its corroded base and the rear of the car had dropped down.This week ive had to do the same on an 05 GT !!!:eek:Thanks to Dan at Autolusso for a fast replacement for the 3.2. On this basis alone it pays...
  6. Alfa 159, Brera & Spider
    my 159 is a 57 and has 43,000 miles fsh full leather garaged and loved and not a mark on it. went to trade up the other day and dealer offered me 2k!!!!!!!! criminal
  7. Alfa GTA
    Well, March is here and that's when I promised new shock absorbers all round. Trouble is, I'm not sure what to go for. Spoke with Joe and he said to go for KW Variant 2. So, looked up on the net, saw the price and went very pale and then read into the detail. Fantastic as they are, I feel they...
  8. Alfa 159, Brera & Spider
    Why do Alfas generally have such poor fuel consumption? My piddly little 2.2 JTS is about as economical as a 4.0+ litre V8 engine. Obviously, I love the car but am surprised at the very poor fuel consumption.
  9. Republic of Ireland
    In serious shock over Christmas as I never thought it would be this easy to start... A year in the garden, from Dec 13th 2011 to Dec 20th 2012, started only once in Feb and the battery was then not disconnected so it it went bad. My brother in law let off the hand break and moved it a couple...
  10. South Africa
    :mad: I took my Alfa Mito in for its first service in Jan. Roof rails needed to be replaced for the second time as a factory default that was not repaired by Arnod Chatz Hydepark. Rather glued back down and left. The leather on the seat in splitting after 2 years and the internal seat parts are...
  11. Alfa Giulietta
    I've had the car 11 weeks now and it's done 1,700 miles, how long until it's run in? At the moment it's only averaging about 20 mpg. During the week it's in rush hour traffic with the better half going to & from work and I drive it at the weekends giving it a good clear out! This is nowhere near...
  12. Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    Had my MOT on the 9th June and my daily driver failed on rear suspension and the tester told me he had not seen a suspension arm in as bad a condition as mine for quite some time.:eek: So, as a warning to others after tracking down a good 2nd hand Springpan today i installed it and it was a...
  13. Alfa 159, Brera & Spider
    Hi All, Recent owner of a 2006 159 with 85k. Noticed some issues with the car: 1. Car idles rough when warm, fine when cold 2. MPG is around 22 around town :eek: yep its disgusting. Can someone please help, it seems there is something very wrong as the 22mpg im getting is round town driving...
  14. General Alfa Discussion
    I'll be lucky to see 6k from my 19" front tyres, I had them aligned when they were new 3mths ago and the guy at the tyre place told me that Alfas can't be adjusted like other makes, so get used to it!!, the outside of the tyres are untouched just the insides going. Is this really acceptable? if...
  15. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    I've had this 2004 GT JTS for three weeks, (coming from a GTV twinny) and I've noticed my around town mileage is lousy! I did 100 miles on motorways yesterday and the fuel gauge needle went down 3/16. (about 2.6 gallons) Today I did 20-odd miles across town (how "spirited" can you drive a car in...
  16. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hi, atempted to change front shocks - and failed :( Top wishbone balljoint wouldnt move, tried splitter, hitting with hamer. And it's been off not that long ago. Dont want to ruin the wishbone. And just for confirmation - top balljoint needs to be split, fork undone, allen bolt off and top...
  17. Alfa 164 & 166
    Hi Folks, I bought a 99 reg 166 TS 2.0 a few months ago and I love the car. Really brings a smile to my face but for one problem. The thing is drinking juice. I mean thirsty. I got the 02 lamba sensor done and got the car serviced but no change. The fuel gauge is on the blink so I was...
  18. General Alfa Discussion
    i have been looking at gtv's for most of the day on the bay, auto trader, piston heads and of course our very own for sale section. what i find so shocking is how many cars are driving around where the owner has never changed the cambelt or it hasn't been changed for 5/6/7 years or well over...
  19. Alfa 145 & 146
    Hi guys, has anyone ever replaced the rear shocks on a 146ti? any hints and tips would be gratefully received. Cheers in advance:thumbs:
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