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My names Dan, ive just bought my first Alfa, a V reg 1.8t 156, silver wirth red leather, 64k on clock, for 3.5k.....not too bad i think! excellent condition.

Now, a couple of things ive noticed. The brakes! rubbish! is this a characteristic of the model? the dealer had them checked before i bought it and said there was no undue wear on the pads....

second, the indicator control, they dont cancel after you turn sometimes, any thoughts?

Lastly, this baby is THIRSTY! whats the average that you guys are getting to the gallon? is this engine known to get problems that cause thirstiness?

thanks!

Dan :cool:
 

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Welcome Dan,

You are now smitten with a life long bug so enjoy. The indicators don't cancel as quickly as on other makes and you'll find this both good and bad. As for thirst, well I have a diesel so no help there. My brakes are fine. You could do a lot worse than join the club and find a good local independant specialist.

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Thanks Nick,

this is the first car i have loved! haha

happy new year!

Dan
 
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Welcome...you don't say what you're getting to the gallon, but 28-32 would be normal depending on your driving style.

Much less than that and your thermostat might need replacing.

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cant figure how to start a new thread.....

i saw someone mention diagnostic software that can be bought for around 100 pounds....anyone know the best ones out there and where to get them?

thanks

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Welcome to AO Danthehorse. :)

A silver 156 with red leather must look great. I'm sure you will enjoy owning and driving it.

To add a slightly more serious note, what service history did your 156 have? Alfas do require a bit more TLC than most cars ;) With 64K miles I'm guessing the cam-belt has already been changed? You really don't want to risk trying to take it to 72,000 miles.
 

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Hi Dan.

In my opinion, and many others’ opinions, 156 brakes are indeed rubbish. There are many ways to upgrade them depending on how much you want to spend.

As Nick G has already said, the indicators don't cancel as quickly as on some other cars. Think of this as a quirky feature and move on.

As far as fuel consumption goes, I usually get 360-380 miles from a full tank before the light comes on which would equate to approximately 29 mpg.

Have the cam belt and tensioners ever been changed on the car? They should be replaced every 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first so your car will be overdue its second set by now.

Oh and BTW, welcome to AO. :)
 
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Thanks Sunbar,

No i dont think the cambelt has been changed....how much does that cost?

Are the 156s known for poor brakes?

Dan
 
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Hi roswell,

thanks for that, yeah the brakes have been looked at, i find my condidence goes when im driving because they are so poor, even my big lumbering heap of a Laguna stopped when asked haha. not sure where to start on upgrading brakes, do Alfa do uprated aftermarket brakes or do i need to look at independant suppliers?

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Expect to pay £3-400 to have the belts, tensioners and variator replaced at an independent Alfa specialist but £1000+ for a top end rebuild if a belt or tensioner fails. If you add your location to your profile another member might be able to recommend somewhere.

There are loads of brake upgrade threads on here. I suggest you look at a few using the 'search' function then come back and ask questions in the 156 technical lounge. :)
 

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Dan, the cost for changing the cam belt will be lower if you can find a good independant garage that specialises in Alfas. The lowest cost will be about £200 for a 1.6 or 1.8 Twin Spark up to about £350-£400. Depends on the garage.

Where are you? Someone maybe able to recommend a good in dependant.
 
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thanks, im in Brighton area, sussex. will update my profile.
 

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Hi Dan, sounds like you're fitting in well, welcome to the site, hope you work through all your alfa's q and continue to get answers. Great bunch of informative people on this site:) Cheers
 
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Thanks dude! friendly people on here, its good

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Welcome :D
Glad you made it here Dan!! ;)
I'll probably see you again at Monzasports tomorrow!!

Oh and btw - I can confirm Dan's bella looks the business :cool:

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