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Picked up the 159 ti last night. Lovely to drive, really enjoying it. 57 plate with 80k on it, needing a cam belt change, tax in september + a service in december and a couple of other bits and bobs (see misalignment thread!). Got it for £7900 which I thought was a good deal (hoping and praying that nothing goes wrong)!

The '....but' comes into it because I noticed that when in neutral and not moving there is a slight vibration coming through the seat and wheel, but not the pedals. Was worried to say the least, especially having only just picked it up (privately)! So I'm thinking the DMF needs doing as well and hoping its nothing more serious. Taking it to the local alfa specialists tomorrow morning for a looksee / listeney.

As always expert thoughts and opinions encouraged :)
 

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under what conditions do you get this (moving/stationary/cornering/speed etc)
Just stationary.

Took it in to the garage this morning to book it in for the cam, and was told that this was nothing to worry about :). I sat in a 159 2.4 which only had 35000 on the clock and it was noticeable to a degree in that as well.

Higher mileage = the vibration is a bit more aparant, apparently.
 

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I'd be looking for anything touching the engine that might transmit through the bulkhead. It's possible that something has been moved in a service.

If it was more through the seat than the steering wheel I'd slacken off all the exhaust fixings and make sure they were tightened without stressing the pipe.

I once had a brand new hatchback in for diagnosis that had a diff whine at the rear. As it was front wheel drive the dealer was at a loss. The front fixing was screwed sideways so that it was solid against the gearbox. The middle fixing was loose and held no weight. The rear fixing had been assembled with an air gun so that it was at 90 degrees to the body and again solid. Therefore the gearbox noise went straight down the exhaust and into the boot floor. I suspect somewhere in the delivery process (on and off transporters) somebody had damaged the exhaust and did a quick repair.
 
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