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hello everyone.I feel I must tell you my recent experience as it beggars belief.
last week i bought a lovely X reg 156 1.8 ts veloce in amazonia green 52,000 miles 1 owner, for the sum of £4k which sounded like a bargain as the plugs had just been changed .test drove it and it felt good. :)
The car was delivered wednesday evening and all seemed fine ,I took my new green machine for a bit of a spin and soon discovered all was not well. :(
she was idling very erratically and seemed to have no power at low revs.
I telephoned the dealer who said he'd not noticed anything when he delivered it. He then told me to take it to his mechanic who would take a look at it. I took the car the following day and the mechanic threw half bottle of jet cleaner in the tank :tut: and told me it should be ok.
i set off back home and 2 miles down the road the awful sound of exhaust valves being bent filled my ears and came to a halt.
I telephoned the dealer feeling a tad peaved :rant: at this point and explained my dilema after a few choice phrases from both ends he got me towed back to his mechanics where 1 week later it remains in the process of repair by a mechnic who hasn't worked on an alfa before.
I must add the dealer has been very reasonable saying that if after getting it back i'm not happy I can have money back,and he's paying the bill.
I dont know wether to tell him to stuff it or knowing that car has had plugs and belt changed and was reasonably priced to begin with chance my luck
thats assuming it running ok when i eventually get it back. :confused:
 

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Ouch.... :(

Doesn't sound good. Dare I ask which dealer you bought it from :confused:

Maybe its worth getting an independent inspection done on it....Try ringing Mick at Piccadilly Fiat in Wakefield and ask him the cost of one of his guys to look at it for half an hour.

Well worth it IMO especially if the mechanic that is looking at it now has ZERO alfa experience.....

Maybe worth a shot!

The dealer you bought it from sounds reasonable enough afterall...
 

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Oh dear :(

Sorry to hear about your problems.

I would echo Alfa20V's comments about getting specialist advice, especially as the mechanic is not experienced with Alfas.

Apart from that, I would say that the dealer's offer sounds fairly reasonable, if he is willing to pay the repair costs and offer a money-back guarantee if you are not happy with the repair.

Good luck with it. I hope you get her back on the roads soon - it will be nice to have another Amazon Green 156 on the roads :D
 

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Oh dear :(

Sorry to hear about your problems.

I would echo Alfa20V's comments about getting specialist advice, especially as the mechanic is not experienced with Alfas.

Apart from that, I would say that the dealer's offer sounds fairly reasonable, if he is willing to pay the repair costs and offer a money-back guarantee if you are not happy with the repair.

Good luck with it. I hope you get her back on the roads soon - it will be nice to have another Amazon Green 156 on the roads :D
i am with GC and alfa20v on this also......it a win win situation for you also as if you aint happy with said repairs....you get your money back, and you aint paying the bill :D

but definately try getting independent advice from a specialist before you do anything :)

and it will be very cool to see another amazon green 156 on the roads
 

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From experience of others I would get your money back - on the TS engines, after the top end goes and is repaired it will seem fine but the bottom end might follow in a few months and another hefty bill - its all the stress that is put on it during the top end valve damage that effects the bottom end- not enough to break it now - but may significanlty reduce its life.

Sorry to be down beat but I would look for anthoer :(
 

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I telephoned mechanic for a progress report says he's had to get cam locking tools as no one had any to lend him (he obviously sussed he could not do job without.)should get car back on saturday all being well,i'm keeping fingers crossed.
I thought it was a colour i hadn't seen before and suits the 156 very well.
I was looking for a red one but some seem to be already going pink as is my 155.
 

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bin it, i wouldnt want it after its had the top end done as Alfajack stated the bottom end will follow prob just after you warranty has run out.
sorry :eek:
 

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I would testify to the bottom end woes...

bought a 146ti following the belt jumping... complete rebuild on the head, started it up, bottom end rattling like a b*stard.... :mad:

run away!!!
 

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If the mechanic is competent he should be able to fix it, previous Alfa experience or not. It might be worth giving it a punt... but I'd make sure there's some kind of warranty on the engine.

Ralf S.
 
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