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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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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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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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