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Hi all, bought my first Alfa at the weekend, a diesel GT Cloverleaf. I literally couldn't be happier with how the car looks, I think all GT's look stunning and I'm actually looking forward to cleaning it again. Just a couple of small queries that I'd like to clear up if anyone can help.

Firstly, my GT makes a beeping sound when it's locked/unlocked. Is this standard or a sign of an aftermarket alarm? Also is there any way of stopping the sound and just having the flashing indicators as I tend to regularly get home a bit late and I'm conscious of the beeping on a quiet street.

Secondly, I've noticed a few other topics about the parking sensors which seems to be a common problem. Put it in reverse, car beeps once normally as you'd expect when the sensors come on. But then there's a continuous high pitched beep. I understand this is to show it's a fault but my question is this an easy fix? It's under warranty but if it's something I can do myself I'd rather save the drive to the dealer and potentially leaving my beautiful new car behind.

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Congrats on the GT and welcome.

Beeping is normal on the GT/147 alarm, it should sound two beeps on opening and a single beep on locking the car. There are threads on how to reduce/silence the beeps but for some reason I believe it's overly complicated.

Enjoy! :thumbs:
 

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Appreciate the feedback, I'll have a nose and see how complicated it is... Maybe I'll just get used to it!

I can't believe I didn't consider an Alfa years ago, I feel like a kid desperate to show my new toy to anyone who'll look lol

 

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She's a looker... :)
Turn the ignition on and plonk it in reverse. Put your ear up to each of the sensors in turn and you should hear a very high pitch clicking noise. If one isn't clicking it's usually the culprit. Get the wiring to it checked too if you find one as it's not always the sensors.
My 159 had a waterlogged joint in the reverse wiring to the sensor.
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Great looking car (same colour as mine). I also found the alarm beeps annoying, managed to silence them using one of the threads on here. I also find its party trick useful of using the key fob to open the windows when unlocking the car. (makes getting into the car easier in tight spaces)!
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She's a looker... :)
Turn the ignition on and plonk it in reverse. Put your ear up to each of the sensors in turn and you should hear a very high pitch clicking noise. If one isn't clicking it's usually the culprit. Get the wiring to it checked too if you find one as it's not always the sensors.
My 159 had a waterlogged joint in the reverse wiring to the sensor.
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Lovely stuff, I'll give that a go in the hope of at least narrowing it down

The continuous high pitched beep means you've hit the wall no?
Good point, was wondering if that brick dust was standard

Great looking car (same colour as mine). I also found the alarm beeps annoying, managed to silence them using one of the threads on here. I also find its party trick useful of using the key fob to open the windows when unlocking the car. (makes getting into the car easier in tight spaces)!
Enjoy
Thanks mate, great minds and all that jazz!
 

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Silencing the alarm beeps is simple and involves the ignition key and the fog light switch. Can't remember the sequence exactly but it's been covered on here a few times.
 

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Hi and welcome! the GT's are lovely.. I'm very envious of the colour too!
I'm a lowly 147 owner :p but I know you'll enjoy Alfa's and the board. :thumbs:

oh and in my experience my bella's beeps let me know when the kids haven't shut the doors right, or when she's locked / unlocked but also, it's her way of saying hello to people! lol She's had a few admirers grabbed just by her beeps.
 

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Thanks all, still smiling since I picked her up on Sunday

Also had a cheeky wave this morning from another Alfa owner, a pleasant new experience for me seeing as in Southend you generally only get "angry waves" lol
 

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Re the parking sensors. My GT sensors worked fine for about a month after purchase (Oct 2013) then had continuous bleeping indicating a fault. They were not covered by my 15 month Stratstone warranty.
Fiddling indicated second one in from nearside i.e. one of the center two possibly at fault. Sensors in this position usually require bumper off as did mine plus removal of Bose Woofer in nearside boot space to get at some bolts. My local village garage did mine in two stages, checked the wiring and plugs first, (Those that he could reach) and then on a second visit, after me having obtained one sensor, had to remove bumper to change the faulty sensor. An experienced Independent might have done the job quicker but would have entailed a 45 mile round trip. Cost £150 inc vat for 3 to 4 hours labour + I purchased an OEM (German) pattern sensor Via E B for only £15.99 and its works fine. Current price for sensor may have gone up now to £17.99. The alternative to all of this was to take my car to an electrical specialist on the outskirts of my local town where he wanted the car left with him most of the day and expected me to amuse my self in town with a mile walk each way whilst he did his checks and warned that an OEM part alone might cost £150 needless to say this did not appeal to me at all.
 

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Thanks for the in depth response, that's what I was worried about. I'm not bad on the tools but I'd rather not play about with the bumper. Particularly as the sensors are (or should be...) covered by the warranty. Just a case of getting them to do it with minimal fuss!

On a lighter note and thanks to a thread on here the annoying beeping when locking/unlocking has been stopped so thanks for the replies on that
 

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She's a stunner!

I was annoyed by the beeping alarm when I first got my 147, but I hate locking my dad's Jeep now because it doesn't bleep. I have to double check the thing has locked. You sort of get used to it. :)
 

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On a lighter note and thanks to a thread on here the annoying beeping when locking/unlocking has been stopped so thanks for the replies on that
I think everyone has managed to silence the beeps except me!

I gave up on the aftermarket parking sensors (that the dealer fitted) after they continually kept malfunctioning. I think moisture was getting in and rusting them.
 

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It's a proper fiddle getting the standard alarm beep off, if I hadn't seen so many replies say it worked I would've thought someone was having me on!
 
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