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My 156 is kind of broken again. After changing the MAF, lambda and coolant sensors and the thermostat, I'm still getting the management light coming on after it's warm. Coupled to that, the radiator has blown. I got the radiator over 18 months ago, but due to engine block problems during the engine rebuild, I've only used the car since May! The radiator is OEM Valeo.

So far the part I've used are:
Oversize pistons and rings.
Big end bearings.
Main bearings.
Thrust washer.
Coolant pump.
Oil pump.
Hydraulic lifters.
Variator.
Head bolts.
Engine gasket set.
Rear crank seal flange.
Spark plugs (NGK).
Clutch slave cylinder.
Radiator.
Cam belt kit.
Auxilliary belt.
Various engine bolts and fittings.
Oil and filter for bedding in.
Front pipe.
Cat.
Intermediate pipe.
CSC rear silencer.
2 top wishbones.
1 rear suspension arm.
Front discs and pads.
Rear discs and pads.
Wiper blades.
Then I started using it.
1 lower wishbone and bolt set.
4 tyres.
Uprated headlamp bulbs.
MAF.
O2 sensor.
Thermostat.
Coolant temp sensor.
2 washer jets.
More oil and filter.
Pipercross Viper induction kit.
2nd hand boot spoiler which was then repainted and fitted.

The head was rebuilt just before I got it with a new set of valves and guides. Since then it is polished, 3 angle valve seats cut and re-assembled. The pistons are oversized. The bottom end is lightened and fully balanced and the balance shafts are redundant. The only original parts of the engine are the crank (polished), rods (balanced), camshafts and valve springs.

Ok it is an old car which I got cheap as a project, but I still think I am now entitled to some good old fashioned service and reliability. It's just never been completely right and it is becoming wearing.

Anyone like to guess how much all this has cost?:rant:
 

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I'll have a punt a about 3 grand. I've no idea how much some of those engine components are so it a pure guess.

But the important question is how much to get the last little bits sorted?
 

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I don't know, but it is really frustrating. I'm beginning to think this car is cursed.
 

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so you didn't spill the beans on the cost so far. Is it really that bad??
 

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Yes, it's really that bad. Fortunately, I was able to do it myself, but it will be over £2000 all in.

It is not the radiator which let go, but the heat exchanger at the base of the oil filter. I have a new one coming from Alfashop at much less cost than the dealer price. Still no cheaper than a radiator though.:rolleyes:
 

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So do you know why the management light is coming on? Have you invested some of that £2K in Alfadiag? Might be wise! ;)
 

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Already gave it to a specialist with the Examiner (I no longer have access to diagnostic equipment). Came back with a non-functioning cooling fan and still the light comes on even after changing the sensors I already suspected.:rolleyes:

I have to say my new experiences as a customer of the motor trade are not all good.

I think Selecta Tyre are very good as a fast fit tyre outfit though. Very impressed.
 

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Yes, it's really that bad. Fortunately, I was able to do it myself, but it will be over £2000 all in.

It is not the radiator which let go, but the heat exchanger at the base of the oil filter. I have a new one coming from Alfashop at much less cost than the dealer price. Still no cheaper than a radiator though.:rolleyes:
Very common fault if the central holding bolt is over-torqued when refitting.
 

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I did have another less corroded heat exchanger lying around, but that was from an engine which suffered oil pressure loss, so I wasn't going to risk fillings in my new engine. The failure was corrosion of a coolant pipe.

I hope it is just about sorted. It has not been quite as staightforward as I thought.
 
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