The do or don't debate is heart v mind as well you know. I'm dreading when I get to that point.......Another pass today. The Sporto went through again, but, 4 advisories this time Both front lower balljoints have some play, but potentially a killer, both rear suspension turrets are showing corrosion. Advisory level now, but it never gets better does it. Not sure what to do now. Do I spend some time basically tarting up the suspensions turrets and hoping it staves off the worst for another year or two and replace the wishbones while I'm at it, do nothing and see how it fares next year, or..?? Had the car 8 years now and it's been great, but now getting to the do I/don't I level. The airbag warning light still plays up from time to time as well, so that's another factor. System is fine, it just *****es about the passenger airbag warning lamp being faulty...when it isn't. After extensive messing last year I concluded it's dirty/corroded contacts on the airbag ECU connector and wasn't able to do owt with them. I have the complete system out of the car I scraped, but changing the loom over is an epic task.
Last place I lived in Oz was Coffs Harbour next to Park Beach. The sea spray could do a bit of damage but nothing like the amount of salt poured onto Scottish roads! You do see more old cars in Oz that often look in reasonable nick. There was also a 166 in Coffs which I often saw parked outside my son's school. There's an Alfa dealer there.I really feel for you guys in Britain. We don't have any problems with corrosion these days here in Australia. It wasn't that long ago that a car lasted as long as the body and rego inspections were the death nell of many a car, particularly Alfas. These days it's not an issue as cars just don't rust any more. On the down side cars plummet in value when the clear coat breaks down, about ten years in the hot Australian sun. One thing I have noticed is your second hand car prices are far lower over there, maybe because they are corroding from the bottom up.
12 months on, glad to say MOT passed,a couple of advisories being rear tyres worn close to legal minimum,and handbrake cables hanging down due to broken plastic brackets near rear wheels.:thumbu p:That's this years ticket sorted
Shame the fee is back up to £54 rather than £35 but hey ho!
Slight corrosion on rear discs and mid section of exhaust