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Ok a quick search reveals the below Alfa Garages.

SimplyAlfas - Your independent Alfa Romeo service specialists, for Used Sales, Servicing, Parts and Body Repairs in the West Midlands

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It seems that Autocasa are very recommended, give them a ring or pop in and go from there. I am sure they can help.
Thanks Prop. Ive found one down the road from where I work in Rushden, hopefully he can have a look. Every mechanic who works on the car gives me a “please don’t come back” look. Could definitely do with someone who is ‘used’ to the effort involved (or shortcuts/tricks)

Right now im experiencing:

Low power (compared to the 147) – suspect vacuum piping – ive bought some ready

Disconnected MAF – it literally crawls with it attached. Ive bought a replacement but anti-tamper is stopping me from replacing it. I tried to buy a ‘bit’ but it’s the 6 star instead of 5 star. Mole grips is next idea. Id take the whole unit out but no amount of prising will get it out, the bolts in the top of the air filter are spinning endlessly on their axis.

Offside wishbone is creaking and clanks at low speed, last mechanic didn’t do it as the other took 3 hours and engine move (trying to preserve a bolt) – I bought a wishbone (but no bolt?).

At speed I get wheel wobble from the offside wheel – maybe wishbone related, Ive checked the wheel bolts, all tight. Its just come on recently – ci also had a new tyre, possibly badly balanced?

The main one that gets every passenger – Fire it up and the dash beeps and flashes with Motor control system failure. I bought an ecu unit, gave me a code P0601 – Powertrain Internal Control Module Memory Check Sum Error This came on around the same time I had the electrical drain – I had to keep disconnecting the battery every journey, could have blown the CRC check on the ECU – reflash?


Niggles, but not none-starters:
Radio doesn’t work, tried the guys on here for a breaker replacement, got a shark tail unit as I needed radio. Ive bought a booster cable but not had time to fit. Signal is just terrible now.
Can you believe it, the fuel filler cap flew across the courtyard at the petrol station! I have some epoxy for that, its cracked at the arm inside the body.
Wing mirror paint has completely Flaked off, its white with water corrosion – I need to paint it, maybe black hamerrite.
Clutch – Ive bought the parts, just need labour. Its ok, generally, Its just on a ill if I drop down it can slip, a sign its on its way – odd as it had one 30k ago, but that was before my ownership (it pulled a caravan!)
Braking is poor (but Passed MOT)– I guess a fluid change and new rear brake pads wouldn’t hurt, fronts been done.

All the above done and I have a ‘normal’ car. I had the following done to pass MOT, I forgot about the diesel pump, it was leaking!
001 (pump area) Fuel System component leaking
002 Both Front Position lamps not working
003 Offside registration plate lamp not working
004 Nearside rear trailing arm has excessive play in a pin/bush
005 Offside rear trailing arm has excessive play in pin/bush
006 Bracket on cat Exhaust system not adequately supported
007 Brake pads less than 1.5mm thick
008 'Nearside front (also check wheel bearing) supension arm has excessive play in ball joint
 
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Ok, not sure why your mechanic struggled with the front wishbones, its an easy enough looking job which I shall be doing my self shortly. Doing only one side is pointless in my opinion as you can be damn sure the other side is on its way out. You will be looking at around £230 from GSF car parts for Top, Bottom and droplinks (both sides), which is awesome value as a BMW front wishbone on a 320d will set you back £175 per wishbone. It does not require and engine out, just common sense and experience helps.

Brakes get from Mtec for a full set of pads and disks just to get you buy, they are good and the prices are good.

Brake bleeding is easy enough.

EGR valve is a doddle to clean and resolve, there are a few vacum pipes that can throw up many faults, also check your intercooler hoses, if they have perished at the elbows or have spilt then there is still hope to replace.

Components are not as expensive as you may think, it can all be sorted as long as the garage is willing to work with you and they have an understanding of Alfa Romeos.

They are a little more fiddly than most cars and require a little more TLC but once sorted they are a GEM.

Keep faith and I hope the above can help.

Your mirror covers will be easy enough to paint, if you have the patients which I think you have. What about spray for a more pro job??

Clutches on the JTD aren't the most long live item on the car, should see about 60 to 120 thou miles, mine seen 71 and gave up, the caravan tug has not done your car any favours. Providing movement is minimal on the Dual Mass Fly Wheel then a clutch will set back about £130 to £190 (without looking). It is always best to catch early.

MAF sensors are a common niggle, Vauxhall have the same part for a few quid cheaper. Remember this engine has been used by SAAB, GM, FIAT etc etc etc and you can source like for like parts and probably cheaper from vauxhall, Alfa main dealers tend to rip people off.
 

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Front wishbones can be a PITA if you are using cheap ones, some of them have the bushes on at a bad angle which makes them almost impossible to get in without dropping the subframe. I actually gave up once, fitting some nearly new pattern ones on my brother's 1.9 16v, they had come off a breaker. One side went on fine, the other side I spent over an hour wiggling with no success. Put a new Delphi one on instead and it went on in 5 minutes. The one that actually fitted lasted about a year before I had to replace it again, this time with Delphi.
 
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Cheers Pud,

I did not realize that different brands would alter the installation aspect.

Shall keep that in mind.

Anyway, any advice or support for the chap??
 

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My advice would be to bring it into us for a free 1hr Saturday surgery and we'll go over it with a fine tooth comb, see if its worth saving or better to pay off the finance and move it on ASAP. If the decision is to save it, we can keep the costs down as much as possible by using 2nd hand parts for those that are not consumables.
 

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You will be looking at around £230 from GSF car parts for Top, Bottom and droplinks (both sides), which is awesome value as a BMW front wishbone on a 320d will set you back £175 per wishbone.
I suppose the thing is - how often do they fail on the 3 series?

Anyways -bit forward but how much was the car and how much did you borrow? What im getting at is if you brought a £2000-£3000 10 year old car on finance then maybe there's a lesson to be learnt and not make the same mistake again? (Obviously if it was brand new when you had it then thats a different story)

Then i suppose - if its a higher end model, how much is left on the finance? is it worth breaking the 156 of the 'good' bits and weigh the rest in?

Final suggestion would be as mentioned above to trade it in, most dealers would prob give more than the value of the car if it meant making a sale (as most dealers would send your car straight to auction anyway so prob wouldnt give it much of an inspection)

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one other option is to call the finance company and ask haggle with them over an early settlement figure..you might be surprised how much they will drop if you are threatening to hand it back. (and then you can go ahead with the credit card payment - but take out a new card that offers 0% for a good while :))


otherwise i would say take pud up on his very generous offer (hats off, pud):)

either way, sorry you've had such a crappy time and i hope things get better for you!

steve
 
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I suppose the thing is - how often do they fail on the 3 series?

Anyways -bit forward but how much was the car and how much did you borrow? What im getting at is if you brought a £2000-£3000 10 year old car on finance then maybe there's a lesson to be learnt and not make the same mistake again? (Obviously if it was brand new when you had it then thats a different story)

Then i suppose - if its a higher end model, how much is left on the finance? is it worth breaking the 156 of the 'good' bits and weigh the rest in?

Final suggestion would be as mentioned above to trade it in, most dealers would prob give more than the value of the car if it meant making a sale (as most dealers would send your car straight to auction anyway so prob wouldnt give it much of an inspection)

Lee
Well having used Lemforder they failed after 8000 miles, shocking really.

Anyway, awesome suggestion PUD. Pete I would bite his hand off:thumbs:
 

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Sounds a great idea!
Having 'chilled out' over the weekend, im in a better position to think clearly (and forget the past!)
Ive got the maf off the replacement unit, thanks to a new set of mole grips. so I intend to finish the job later ont he car itself, thats 1 thing out the way.

As for all the credit questions, long story short, I had £3k to spend, always wanted an 156 and saw a good deal on this one at the spec I wanted, it was 200 miles away but 156s were hard to coem by in veloce spec and under 120,000... this was on 58k with cambelt and clutch done recently. Finance deal was the pits, but thats thanks to a credit issue coming out of divorce so my options were limited (to pretty much zilch). So, expensive credit but not if the car was ok.. unfortunately as you've read, it was bad from week 1 :(

It HAS passed an MOT once I had a load of work done, so techincally its road safe, but would love ane ye cast over it.

The 147 is going into Northants Alfa for an MOT, that one has been kept to a very high stndard byt he previous owner (too high maybe, so they sold!)...but does need a cambelt asap.
 
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Good to hear all has calmed.

For 58K on the clock and given the issues mentioned, was it driven around a motocross track for its life and then cleaned up prior to selling :lol:
 

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Lesson learned, dont buy a car with a tow bar! (although was damn useful when i moved house!!)

It was a trade in at a garage who normally deals with german cars... the bloke was an idiot, stating he hates cash deals and loves credit then minutes later says he hates credit and prefers cash and how he hates italian cars etc. Everything looked ok except the gear stick wouldnt return to center, it was like it wa sin otffee. they fixed that before i drove away but he said it literally came in yesterday and the mechanic hadnt had a look over it... he knew i was 200 miles away and wouldnt walk away easily, so no drop in price, no extra guarantees unless i came back to fix it at his garage.

Blackburn autos is the place anyway.

MAF done yesterday... nearly killed me a few times trying to learn the new sensor, but its back on form now. Boost still isnt as good as the 147, ive got some small silicon hoses, give that a go next
 
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Ooops.

Live and learn as they say.

Myself like many others here have learnt the hard way and have chosen heart of head which with an Alfa is not advised.

I hope the next time you hunt for a car albeit an Alfa Romeo we can help. :thumbs:

Are you taking PUD up on his offer??
 

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Id love to PUD!

Lete me know when you're free
 

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Brilliant!
It my Birthday this weekend so I cant do it but ill defo be along the following

Just listen out for the bang pops and splutters as I roll up the drive ;)

Cheers
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Thanks! Off to the Touring cars.. .no Alfas unfortunately
 
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Shame they don't race in touring cars no more :cry: well the BTCC at least.

Happy Birthday for the weekend Pete :thumbs:

I hope the above has given a glimmer of hope :thumbs:
 
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