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Hello everyone

I'm new to the forum. Being a long-time Alfa-isti (owned a '66 Gulia Sprint GT in the early 90's) and now, after a long hiatus, I am looking to buy a 155 for my sins. Could anyone give me a bite-sized buyer's guide please? What to look for etc.
I believe there was at least two recalls - anyone know anything about that? I'm aiming for a 1.8 or 2.0 16V widebody with sportpack as late reg as I can find but I'm happy to hear from the skinny 8V-ers too ( I hear they have quite a following!).

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Wug McCoy
 

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Nothing special to look for on a 155.....usual Alfa 16v engine cautions - ensure oil level always maintained, belts changed at 36K intervals....then they'll do 150,000 +....

Rust not generally a problem - tho check of course....rear arches most likely rot spots, tho' rear quarter is a bolt-on (and sealant!) - panel.

Front wishbone bushes wear, but they are cheap to replace. Rear trailing arm bushes go at higher mileages, not expensive but can be a pain to replace....

As for which model to go for...take your pick:... the early 8v engines are bomb-proof, but a little down on power compared to the 16v at the top end. 16vs really need to rev, particularly the 1.8, but they come alive over 3K, and the 16v car generally have the quick rack which makes them even more chuckable... V6s much torquier, some people say more nose-heavy but TBH its marginal....they can be a bit thirstier, too....but the V6 soundtrack is to die for:)

Most cars have been modded to some extent, and there is a wealth of discussion about them in "another place" - alfa155.org

Get a good one and it'll get under your skin - go for it!
 

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I'm aiming for a 1.8 or 2.0 16V widebody with sportpack ...

.. but I'm happy to hear from the skinny 8V-ers too
Oh dear... this is all going to end in tears...! :D

Think "skinny" and "12 valves" dude.

Apart from the bits it shares with the widebody 4-pots (suspension wishbones) the skinny v6 is perfect and pretty much indestructible!

Bodywork - Look for a bit of rust around the rear near-side wheel arch. That's it.

The suspension wishbone arms are a bit feeble but the dampers (Boge) are very durable.

The radiator is likely to have been shot-blasted to buggery (peek through the bottom bumper slot and have a look).

Cam-belt etc. is okay. Just change it and the tensioner every 72,000 miles. Water pump shouldn't give any problems but if your old bus has tramped past 140k (and they do) and you're doing the belts, swap the pump too and then forget about them forever.

Brakes last well. Rear calipers can become lazy (check the rear discs are shiny).

Check for a lumpy idle.. some people slate the cheapo aftermarket MAF sensor they know they have fitted.. but the OE jobbie is pretty hard-core. Mind you, at that price you'd hope so.

Lambda however will die every 3 or 4 years. Use genuine, or you'll be doing it every 12 months.

Gearbox may start to think of retirement after 130,000 and the head gaskets don't make it past the same sort of mileage. Clutch is good for 70- 80,000 miles.. so with luck a clutch change/gearbox/gasket failure will all coincide at the same time.. take the entire engine/box out and fix it all at the same time.

The rest is just normal "car stuff". Rear wheel bearings may die, tie-rod ends will wear out (I had one or two of each) and you'll end up with play in the steering rack after 150k.

Exhaust lasts okay.

Electrics are not too bad. If the sunroof doesn't work it's the Webasto relay that's knacked, so don't waste time trying to fit different motors etc. Relay is about £30 though.. :eek:

The leccy wndows can be lazy.. new window motors will fix it (so again, don't fanny about looking at relays etc).

Just check the oil levels and change the oil once a year (every 12,000 miles is fine) and the beast will last forever.


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Your friendly Alfa dealer... but I'd hope the relay can be sourced from an Auto electrician or Factor.. Webasto must use the same relay on other sunroofs they provide, not just to AR.

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Hello everyone

I'm new to the forum. Being a long-time Alfa-isti (owned a '66 Gulia Sprint GT in the early 90's) and now, after a long hiatus, I am looking to buy a 155 for my sins. Could anyone give me a bite-sized buyer's guide please? What to look for etc.
I believe there was at least two recalls - anyone know anything about that? I'm aiming for a 1.8 or 2.0 16V widebody with sportpack as late reg as I can find but I'm happy to hear from the skinny 8V-ers too ( I hear they have quite a following!).

Cheers
Wug McCoy
I hate doing this as it seems oportunist, but I am looking for a good home for a pals 155. I have been trying to find some kind of value for it on this forum, I have been offered £265 from a breaker. If you are interested drop me a line, I really do not want to sell it for scrap. See my thread "155 to go".
 

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The 155 is a very decent car if looked after. Your idea of a 1.8 or 2.0 16v is fine. They will clock up big mileages. It just means you have to pay more attention to the engine than a hardy old 8v. It is well worth it though. Very good handling, eager engines and in a not too specialised package due to the Fiat underpinnings.
Ralph has it covered, he knows a thing or two about 155s. THe V6 is nice, but I would go for a 4 pot. You can have good tyre wear, and the higher revving 4s are just a bit more aggressive if not quite as urgent. Recently I sold a very good 1.8 6v with 102k for £600. If was Squadrad, Supersprint and Remus exhaust, BMC panel, EBC front pads, Bilstein dampers. Very tidy in champagne and incredible value. It was a pretty much flawlessly tidy car for the age. No bad points at all. I'd have another tomorrow.

The original 16v TS engine was never bettered in any guise in a 156, and with the Squadra chip, the 155 1.8 would outperform a 2.0 of any configuration.;)

Last minus point- the windscreen wiper motor and linkage is prone to wear. Original Alfa blades and rain repellant will reduce wiper use and wear dramatically though.
 

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Thanks for the advice so far boys, I'm still looking. By the way, have you all seen the 2.0 Black widebody on Pistonheads currently? Been standing for a while but has 9 months MOT. It looks like a bit of minefield perhaps, but any suggestions advice/ what to look for etc. would be welcome. Waiting to hear back from vendor in the meantime.

Ciao. Wug McCoy.

Here's the link:

Alfa Romeo : ALFA 155 2L 16V WIDEBODY SPORTPACK
 

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I know of some very well sorted 155s currently for sale, probably a bit more dear because of that though...

one I know of has a lightened flywheel, ported and shaved head, 305mm brembo brakes etc... just finished the engine rebuild aswell (2.0 16v). Hull area...
 

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Hey, AforAlfa, is your username related to a business name? Just wondering.:rolleyes:

I saw an Atoll blue 155 in Sutton in Ashfield on Saturday late afternoon. I forgot how nice these are.:)
 

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Check the Engine when cold - some sound like diesels.
Usual sensors like oil usually don't work.
Mine has covered 150k and the engine is still sweet, so check for good service records.
 

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I bet your 155 is a good 'un.;)
 

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Hi Everyone, thanks for all your help and info bought a 1996 Rosso 130 1996 8V Widebody last week and very happy with it. More detials to follow.

Ciao
Wug
 
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