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Hi guys,

Couldn't be without an Alfa for too long :)
so the right time and moment has come and bought a lovely Alfa Romeo 166 2.0TS (03) model

It needs a bit of tidying up as I do not think the previous owner knew that cleaning is??? LOL

There are a couple of things sorted. There is some oil leak from the rocker cover gasket as it is coming from high up.
But the cambelt is due to be changed there are some hairline cracks on there. So sooner than later. The car has 122.000 miles on the clock and has part history with it.
However it seems to have been garaged all it's life or so ... no sign of rust anywhere on it.

I need to sort out the gearbox linkage as it seems a bit stiff at times (not self centering always) it seems to be better since I washed the engine this morning.

The heating/a/c stinks.... so I checked about the cabin filter to change it... and I then realised someone removed it and never put one in???? .... so all the burned oil smell, muck, dust and who knows have been going through to the cabin...
I got the STP A/C Claner spray and I ordered a new cabin charcoal filter.... hopefully it will make it better...

The passenger seat does not seem to want to slide back and front, however all the other functions are working. So might be loose connection of motor busted?....

The heated seat switch on the passenger seat is broken so I need to get a replacement.

The boot lid was not closing when I got the car, I then realised someone must have been trying to close the lid with the latch closed ... and they managed to tear the metal where the latch bolts on the boot lid. I have pulled it in allignment and the lid closes now. However it needs to be welded properly.

As for driving the car does drive like a dream :) so in that aspect it has no noises or anything to worry about.

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I have no idea what trim it is.
As the V5 only says 2.0 TS nothing else ... :(

Got it for £680 at the end (auction)
 

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I have no idea what trim it is.
As the V5 only says 2.0 TS nothing else ... :(

Got it for £480 at the end (auction)
that is a lovely car for under five hundred squids...

Sportivo option was black faced dials with black trim.
Also it has leather which was an optional extra over charcoal cloth seats (which in themselves were nice but didn't match the trim door trims etc)

http://www.anokhi.co.uk/alfa/specifications/Alfa Romeo 166 Key Equipment and Options Nov 2000 P2.jpg
 

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Yeah Birchington not far :)
 

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No it does not have DSP (not in the menu at least)
Where is the DSP Amplifier meant to be located? Is it on the right of the boot where fuses and relays are?

Regarding the seat I need to check it more closely as it was very windy and noisy yesterday
 

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My drivers seat was not moving up and down on the back. I could hear the electric motor running but no movement. After opening it I saw that the whole plastic tooth ring was in pieces. Fixed it temporary by using the ring from passenger seat.

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DSP upgrade is not that simple as only adding DSP amplifier. You will need a new Harness and speakers as well. They are all different. Anyway it really pays off. Truly the best sounding system I ever had. Much better than BOSE on GTA. You will find more info here:

http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-164-andamp-166/347760-a-guide-for-fitting-dsp-to-a-facelift-166-a.html

http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-164-and-166/92611-dsp-updgrading-easier-with-166-facelift.html
 

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And forgot to answer your question actually. DSP is on the left side of the boot. On top of the CD Changer and Navigation unit. Only in Facelift it is on the right side next to the fuses.
 

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And forgot to answer your question actually. DSP is on the left side of the boot. On top of the CD Changer and Navigation unit. Only in Facelift it is on the right side next to the fuses.
It does sound tempting.
But I will leave it to last :)
I only asked about the placement of the DSP as I can see a white socket in the area where the fuses are ... so wondered if that was where the DSP was going in.

I have the BOSE in the Audi at the moment and it does sound fantastic compared to other cars I had... I can do with that for now lol.

Once I fix everything on the 166, I might concider looking to upgrade the Audio :)
 

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I have only just found out the car has 6 speed gearbox and not the 5 speed lol ....
it is challenging when there is no writing on the gearstick lol
 

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Health to enjoy :) and welcome to the 166 fold
 

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I have only just found out the car has 6 speed gearbox and not the 5 speed lol ....
it is challenging when there is no writing on the gearstick lol
Very little difference in 5th and 6th ratios IMO
Drove a 2002TS for almost 6 years as a daily driver.
Loved it....
 

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Very little difference in 5th and 6th ratios IMO
Drove a 2002TS for almost 6 years as a daily driver.
Loved it....
well with the 5th gear 70mph and it was close to 3000rpm ... so I thought it was high ... lol must get more civilised with 6th :)

I just called the Alfa Workshop in Royston and booked for cambelt and the works... :)
Has anyone else used them?

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well with the 5th gear 70mph and it was close to 3000rpm ... so I thought it was high ... lol must get more civilised with 6th :)

I just called the Alfa Workshop in Royston and booked for cambelt and the works... :)
Has anyone else used them?

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Yup several times - initially engineer's report, then water pump belts etc, then wheel bearing.

Had 2nd wheel bearing done locally - wasn't much cheaper but just easier.

My impressions are straight up and honesty from Jamie & the team. I asked him about my clutch as it is really high and he said they is plenty of life left in it - unless you are being a boy racer. :D
 
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I spoke to S and S Autos in Margate about a cambelt job once. He seems like a careful and experienced mechanic....also much closer to you than Royston. He owns a 156 GTA.

I take my Alfas to Ian at Autobritalia, Dunkirk. He is very good. Not cheap, but well worth it for his care and knowledge.

As for revs at 70mph...I'm sure my 166 sits at about 3000 rpm at 70mph....in 6th....?
 

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I spoke to S and S Autos in Margate about a cambelt job once. He seems like a careful and experienced mechanic....also much closer to you than Royston. He owns a 156 GTA.

I take my Alfas to Ian at Autobritalia, Dunkirk. He is very good. Not cheap, but well worth it for his care and knowledge.

As for revs at 70mph...I'm sure my 166 sits at about 3000 rpm at 70mph....in 6th....?
I am going to Bishop Strotford to a client of mine to do some work anyway so combining it all together, it is convenient.

They will give me a courtesy car so I can have for a couple of hours to move around.

Since it is the first bit of work done to it I kind of prefer for the piece of mind to be at a specialist. :)

Cheers I will check the others for future "visits"
 

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Cambelt is done and changed the thermostat and some bit and bobs regarding the exhaust.
The car over all is in a very goosd shape.

Only problem now is the "oil burn" at high revs.
Which I think it is related to the intake gasket... or something like that I have read on some other posts...

The previous owner had done a terrible job with silicon and the roker cover ... ouch! that is why it was leaking like mad.

Thank God the guys had a spare used one handy and replaced it there and then. :)


Vasilis.
 

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I do have a hankering after one of these. There is a V6 on the bay at the moment for not a lot - busted cambelt on a V6, so a huge job to get it going again, but possibly worth it.
 
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