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hi not another new member!
Never considered an alfa until this morning when i noticed a 156 1.8 t spark for sale right by my house. Anyway i was thinking about a used car to use at weekends so the citroen dispatch could have a rest...so tomorrow i pick it up.. silver 99 on a 'T' with sport pack i think??
16 inch wheels and carbon 'look' dash, 42thousand miles and all for £2900!!
it was quite a hard decision to make.. 120 thousand mile passat or modeo OR that gorgeous looking thing. thats me done for now but if anyones got any info or advise that would be of use to me please 'crack on! (not about the citreon please!)
 

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Hi Traffic. Welcome to AO. :)

You made an excellent choice for your new car especially for £2900!

I drive a 1999 1.8 T-Spark SP1.

The timing belt and tensioners on these cars must be changed on these cars every 36,000 miles or 3 years. If this has not been done, ask to see a receipt, expect to pay £4-500 and get it done ASAP.
 

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Ditto advice given by Roswell above. Nice one :cool: As is your choice of the forum to learn about Alfa's etc ;) Share some piccies of your car if you like :)
 

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Yes ... Welcome to AO :)
 

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Welcome to AO :)


Just to echo Roswell's advice - check whether the cambelt and tensioners have been changed, and get it done now if it hasn't been done. Also, keep a close eye on the oil levels. Some twin spark engines consume oil, and you really don't want oil starvation....


btw, please feel free to post some pics of your new car, so we can all share in your joy :D
 

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Welcome to AO traffic,sounds like you got a bit of a bargain there. :)
 

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Thankyou all for the welcome!
I decided not to buy the car i mentioned in the end.. i think the looks of the car were clowding my judgment as it had a few things wrong with it that i was not happy with.. variator noise, damaged rad, interior wear for the mileage, non standard and poo stereo fitted etc etc
SO i purchased a pegasus blue 2000 'V' 1.8 68000 miles which is all mint and original. It has the sport pack 1 so it has the wheels/side skirts that i wanted. Bit of a problem with it thou.. IT BROKE DOWN! 3 hours ago!!!
Wouldnt start the other day (injector warning light on) left it for a while then it was fine. Thought i would try the battery diconnect for 45, idol for etc. Drove to my mates so he could give the air-con the once over and it didnt go again,bugger. Off to the dealers for me next week unless any of you know whats wrong?? Changing the subject- do you have to use the V6 pipe when improving air flow or will a bit of normal air pipe of the correct diameter do it? Does the Alfa part have noise baffles or what in it?? Hope you can help...
 

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First of all try and avoid going to a main dealer if possible as they will have your eyes out with the labour charge. Try and find a good independent specialist instead.

Where are you in the country? Another AO member might be able to recommend somewhere.

The V6 intake costs approximately £18 to buy and at that price I would recommend fitting the proper AR part rather than any old piece of tube. This website shows how to carry out the modification;

www.squadra-tuning.com/English/EN_156_intake_modification.htm

Sorry I can't help you with the 'not-starting' problem.
 

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Thankyou for your reply. The car is stranded in Basingstoke, Hampshire.
so if you or anyone reading this knows of a local (to me) independant please let me know ASAP!! As soon as the car is going again i'll be purchasing the V6 pipe cheers Roswell
 

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Roswell said:
The timing belt and tensioners on these cars must be changed on these cars every 36,000 miles or 3 years.
I have a 145 1.8 T-Spark, does this advice apply for this model too?

I bought my car with a missing 3 yr / 36 K service and already touching 40 K miles :eek:

I reckoned I needed to check it into the garage for a bit of TLC but this may accelerate the process
 

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glenda said:
I have a 145 1.8 T-Spark, does this advice apply for this model too?

I bought my car with a missing 3 yr / 36 K service and already touching 40 K miles :eek:

I reckoned I needed to check it into the garage for a bit of TLC but this may accelerate the process
you might want to change the belts/ tensioners while you on
 

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