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Some parts are getting hard to find. My dash lights up like a christmas tree and can't pass the inspection without fixing a couple things. I have a Left side lateral air bag that lost its gas, so thats hard to find now apparently, and the ABS box. Also a tough one. Frustrating because a car that otherwise runs perfectly is going to get crushed because it wont pass for faulty features that many cars don't even have! All this because they dont stock the parts anymore! I love this damned car, I would drive it forever but I am going to have to buy something pre 1995 for my next car to avoid this obsolescence crap! Oh.. in case you're wondering. This comes from an inspection at an Alfa Dealer. (the abs piston is done). They have someone working on finding parts, so I am waiting on it, but in the meantime I thought I would throw a line out to you lot. Have had luck here before! 2005 156 SW Ti, 1.9L 16V diesel 150Hp. I am in the process of buying a 2012 Guilietta, 170Hp petrol model, anyone has anything to say about that, please don't hesitate to weigh in.
 

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Some parts are getting hard to find. My dash lights up like a christmas tree and can't pass the inspection without fixing a couple things. I have a Left side lateral air bag that lost its gas, so thats hard to find now apparently, and the ABS box. Also a tough one. Frustrating because a car that otherwise runs perfectly is going to get crushed because it wont pass for faulty features that many cars don't even have! All this because they dont stock the parts anymore! I love this damned car, I would drive it forever but I am going to have to buy something pre 1995 for my next car to avoid this obsolescence crap! Oh.. in case you're wondering. This comes from an inspection at an Alfa Dealer. (the abs piston is done). They have someone working on finding parts, so I am waiting on it, but in the meantime I thought I would throw a line out to you lot. Have had luck here before! 2005 156 SW Ti, 1.9L 16V diesel 150Hp. I am in the process of buying a 2012 Guilietta, 170Hp petrol model, anyone has anything to say about that, please don't hesitate to weigh in.
Check the classifieds. There is a guy that just started breaking a GT. I've bought a few things off him and he is great to deal with. Good chance he has what you need but be quick!
 

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Any 156 being wrecked in Australia? Sometimes with things like the ABS units they are specific to engine types. You could try some places in NZ, but I don't know what the part number for the parts are that you need. Airbag won't be easy to freight, so probably best to go locally for that. But airbags won't be engine specific. Are you sure it's 'lost it's gas' and not some other fault?

I find that once a car is 10 years out of production then the support for it starts to reduce.

With even older cars it can be difficult to come across other basic parts like engine mounts and things like that.
 

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thanks everyone, definitely some helpful information there. I am now more confident about finding the abs box, but I am no closer with the airbag. Im pretty sure that has to be new. I am feeling a bit defeated, if I am going to be shut down because I can no longer get a part like a small airbag, it sort of removes any confidence in continuing with maintenance on this car. Why would I spend money replacing some of my suspension (next project)when I am going to have my insurance pulled because I cant pass a basic inspection due to a warning light. programmed obsolescence is a b*tch. Im so bummed at this point that I feel even if the Alfa dealer finds one, there is just going to be another problem like that next week and the 1000 euros plus I will be spending on maintenance is essentially a waste of time.
 

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thanks everyone, definitely some helpful information there. I am now more confident about finding the abs box, but I am no closer with the airbag. Im pretty sure that has to be new. I am feeling a bit defeated, if I am going to be shut down because I can no longer get a part like a small airbag, it sort of removes any confidence in continuing with maintenance on this car. Why would I spend money replacing some of my suspension (next project)when I am going to have my insurance pulled because I cant pass a basic inspection due to a warning light. programmed obsolescence is a b*tch. Im so bummed at this point that I feel even if the Alfa dealer finds one, there is just going to be another problem like that next week and the 1000 euros plus I will be spending on maintenance is essentially a waste of time.
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What makes you think it needs to new? As long as all the lights are off in an inspection how would they even know if were new?
 

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thanks everyone, definitely some helpful information there. I am now more confident about finding the abs box, but I am no closer with the airbag. Im pretty sure that has to be new. I am feeling a bit defeated, if I am going to be shut down because I can no longer get a part like a small airbag, it sort of removes any confidence in continuing with maintenance on this car. Why would I spend money replacing some of my suspension (next project)when I am going to have my insurance pulled because I cant pass a basic inspection due to a warning light. programmed obsolescence is a b*tch. Im so bummed at this point that I feel even if the Alfa dealer finds one, there is just going to be another problem like that next week and the 1000 euros plus I will be spending on maintenance is essentially a waste of time.
You're probably overthinking this. I've had my 156 since new from 2003, and there isn't a part I can't get to keep it not just on the road, but driving well, and passing its annual inspections. The key to it is having a good specialist, or 2, in your armory. Mine has a huge stockpile of 2nd hand parts that are totally serviceable. Anything we can't get new, we raid his stockpile. That airbag you want? As pointed out you will find second hand as above, and the same for the ABS, although I'm not sure which part of the ABS you need. Either way, there are no known issues with the ABS system on these cars, I dare say it will be cheap and will last as long as the one you are replacing. If you loose the mindset of only new parts you can easily keep that car running for years. If you can't loose the mindset, you may get rid of it.
 

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You're probably overthinking this. I've had my 156 since new from 2003, and there isn't a part I can't get to keep it not just on the road, but driving well, and passing its annual inspections. The key to it is having a good specialist, or 2, in your armory. Mine has a huge stockpile of 2nd hand parts that are totally serviceable. Anything we can't get new, we raid his stockpile. That airbag you want? As pointed out you will find second hand as above, and the same for the ABS, although I'm not sure which part of the ABS you need. Either way, there are no known issues with the ABS system on these cars, I dare say it will be cheap and will last as long as the one you are replacing. If you loose the mindset of only new parts you can easily keep that car running for years. If you can't loose the mindset, you may get rid of it.
Oh I am totally down with new parts, I always intended to drive this car well into the future, best car ever! I am a semi confident mechanic and get a lot of stuff done on my own. I know nothing about airbags however, and was told that once armed, you can't re-install them, thus eliminating used ones.
 

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Oh I am totally down with new parts, I always intended to drive this car well into the future, best car ever! I am a semi confident mechanic and get a lot of stuff done on my own. I know nothing about airbags however, and was told that once armed, you can't re-install them, thus eliminating used ones.
Interesting never heard this. I would think the ones I linked ot wouldn't be up for sale if unusable? Will be interested in hearing the outcome of this for future reference.
 

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Interesting never heard this. I would think the ones I linked ot wouldn't be up for sale if unusable? Will be interested in hearing the outcome of this for future reference.
They are fully reusable. When scrap yards buy in stock, the value of the airbags is taken into account as the most valuable element of a write off. They are not an 'armed item'. They are either off, or on, or expended.
 

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I've removed and refitted a couple of airbags in my time. They were the same ones going into the same car, but I don't think it would know if it was a different one. Years ago my brother had an accident, his airbag went off and he fitted a 2nd hand replacement. You just need to be careful handling them, disconnect battery etc etc.

What is the fault code and description for the airbag system fault?
 
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