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  1. A Sunday tale of woe.....

    General Motoring Discussion
    First off, this might be a bit of a long post but please stick with it, I need advice on how to proceed. Mods, if this is in the wrong place please move. Anyhoo..... A couple of weeks ago my neighbour (semi-detached) had someone round to fix the textured exterior render on her house and he...
  2. A very Sad tale...

    General Alfa Discussion
    So yesterday I went and picked up my new 147 GTA Selespeed which I won on eBay last Saturday. Whilst driving back along the A3 towards London (approx 30-40 miles covered) the 'motor control system warning' light came on and I lost complete power. I pulled over onto the verge and eventually the...
  3. A Tale Of Woe

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    I know that being an Alfa enthusiast can be trying at times, but what's happen to my 147 is especially so. It all started with the dreaded variator noise. Since it was due a cam belt change, I dug in the piggy bank and bought a cam belt kit (with idlers), a water pump, a variator and threw in a...
  4. Timing Belt Change - A tinkerer's tale

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    There is some good advice on the web, not least on Alfaowner about DIY timing belt replacement. Having just done one, I thought I'd add a few points that may not necessarily be covered. Note this refers to a 147 1.6 TS with air conditioning. This post isn't supposed to be instructions for...
  5. Mmmph, grrr, aaargh! (A cautionary tale)

    Alfa GTA
    I was hoping this would be a nice post about how straightforward it was relocating the gearbox after a clutch change. It all lined up nicely using a trolley jack, and then I used some cut down studs from a DIY store with bolts on to carefully guide the box into place by doing up the bolts a few...
  6. I like my thumbs - a tale of stupidity

    General Motoring Discussion
    Yesterday I was dismantling an old Alfa 156 strut to get a decent mount and some spare brake line clips for my GTA. Since I wasn't bothered at all about the spring or shock I just shoved my spring compressors on and tightened it down, not paying too much attention to correct spring compressor...
  7. Cautionary Tale

    Alfa GTA
    As some of you know my car had a small incident on the Nurburgring last month that could have been very nasty. Essentially, the drivers side lower arms collapsed from the front by ripping out the front two bolts. The lesson to others is if you are in doubt change the bolts everytime you change...
  8. A tale of two 4C's

    South Africa
    To be continued
  9. A cautionary brake tale

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    This little cautionary tale is applicable to all cars with floating calipers. To use as an everyday car, a year or so ago I added the Alfa Romeo GT coupe to the stable, FSH 50k, just serviced including cambelt & tensioner, full MOT and all went well - much the same as the Passat with 200k on...
  10. Review of Ding Trim ipswich - a cautionary tale

    Car Detailing
    Review of smart repairs - a cautionary tale I had a very large stone chip on the top area of the front bumper of my car recently. I foolishly attempted to sort it myself, and when wet and dry sanding, I put a slight indent into the paint work. Not wishing to do further damage I decided to get...
  11. Anyone after a 156 whale tale spoiler?

    South Scotland
    A friend has one sitting in his attic gathering dust, he doesn't own a 156 any longer. Think he'd give it away. If anyone wants one please let me know. Its in Inverclyde. cheers Alan
  12. Modifications and Insurance - a cautionary tale.

    General Alfa Discussion
    So - our 1998 2.0 GTV blew it's second engine and this time it is goodnight. Since semi retirement - I am 62 - we visit the children/grandchildren much more so we thought we'd go for economy so decided on a diesel 147. Saw a very nice one that was in for a service at our local indie and was...
  13. Mito brakes, a tale of woe!

    Alfa MiTo
    Hi all Just wanted to share my current difficulties and see if anyone else has had related issues. So I had my 60reg plate Mito QV serviced and Mot'd by my local dealer last december, all was good but they advised new front discs and pads and rears would need to follow, to do it all they...
  14. Brighter tell tale lamps

    The Classic Alfa Romeos
    I find the lamps for the lights on and main beam really dim - even in the dark, is there something you can do about it? Ta
  15. Aftermarket Seats in S2 Spider - A Cautionary Tale

    The Classic Alfa Romeos
    A tale of wo, such that you dont make the same mistake! Last summer I decided to replace the seats in my S2 Spider because: - the originals were worn, torn and uncomfortable - the runners had loads of freeplay - they offered no lateral support for enthusiastic cornering The new foam and vinyl...
  16. Why God!? Why me? An epic tale of fail, ending at the alternator (help)

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Okay... 1.9Jtdm 54 plate. Recent work: Rad Pas pump Cambelt Clutch Gearbox Wiper motor Battery. Now it won't fire. I suspect the alternator as the electrics have been sloooooow since returning from the 6 week stay at the garage. Assumed the battery and ran a 250 mile round trip, Friday...
  17. B&M tell tale signs

    ICE & Blue&Me
    This may be a dumb question but is there any way of telling if a 159 has B&M from an internal photo - i.e. is there a big blue button to look out for? Some vehical descriptions are pretty vague..!
  18. Getting ready to wrap it round a tree!! - a tale of woe

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    Chaps and chapesses, I've fallen out of love with my 159...., it's turned into a money pit. Feb this year had it's mot £250 new pads and inner tie rods, was to be expected. Two weeks later water pump failed, that was another £430, less than a week after that the steering rack gave up the ghost...
  19. Tale of Woe

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    For the last 6 months or so I have been suffering from a noisy auxiliary belt. It was originally diagnosed as a worn air con pump clutch; a new pump was ordered but the clattering noise stopped before it could be fitted, so it was returned. A few months later the noise returned, this time as a...
  20. Tale of woe

    Republic of Ireland
    I cant believe how long its been since I last posted here!!!!!! I felt I needed to share my tale of woe with other alfa owners. I have had a wonderful 9 months in my alfa gt diesel, until monday morning that is, driving at 120km on the m7 when the mscf light comes on, cruise control turns off...