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Picked up my new GT QV 1.9 JTDm from City Road Cars in Sheffield, traded in my 147 1.9 JTD Lusso for a fair(ish) price. Not just gorgeous looking, but FSH and immaculate inside and out. Had a little thrash over the Snake Pass coming back to Stockport, very impressed with the handling, even on 18" rims. Alfaowner silver sticker ordered already!:biglaugh:
Lovely, congrats on the new motor, lovely colour as well.

Did you buy the jacket to match the car or vice versa?:biglaugh:
 

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Well my LED replacements have turned up in the post... Just dosed the area in WD40 to try and slicken up the action, and will be having another go at this.... If it doesn't work this time, the f**king bumper is coming off.

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Given up again.

No movement whatsoever on the side with the blown bulb.

To add insult to injury, the other side slid sideways by hand without the use of any WD40.
You could remove the number plate and cut an inspection hole in it. They pop out really easily from the other side. I did this when trying to fit my reversing camera, and failed to remove the number plate lights, plus it made it easy to run the wires. Makes perfect sense, it would be hidden anyway.
 

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You could remove the number plate and cut an inspection hole in it. They pop out really easily from the other side. I did this when trying to fit my reversing camera, and failed to remove the number plate lights, plus it made it easy to run the wires. Makes perfect sense, it would be hidden anyway.
Hmmm...

I suppose that's an option.. Wouldn't want to go cutting a hole and finding something seized in the mechanism that requires the bumper off anyway...

What size hole did you cut? Got a selection of holesaws that rarely get used.. I reckon an 80mm would be just large enough to get my hand through and be covered by the plate...
 

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Picked up my new GT QV 1.9 JTDm from City Road Cars in Sheffield, traded in my 147 1.9 JTD Lusso for a fair(ish) price. Not just gorgeous looking, but FSH and immaculate inside and out. Had a little thrash over the Snake Pass coming back to Stockport, very impressed with the handling, even on 18" rims. Alfaowner silver sticker ordered already!:biglaugh:
Many congrats - you've joined an exclusive club!!! Looks lovely - enjoy!:thumbup:

Chris
 

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Hmmm...

I suppose that's an option.. Wouldn't want to go cutting a hole and finding something seized in the mechanism that requires the bumper off anyway...

What size hole did you cut? Got a selection of holesaws that rarely get used.. I reckon an 80mm would be just large enough to get my hand through and be covered by the plate...
I cut a letterbox shaped hole, as I needed to get at the non functioning park sensors as well. The ones either side of the number plate have failed. Driver's side one is accessible but the passenger one is covered by the bumper crash foam, damn! The reversing camera does a much better job night or day anyway
 

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Finally got round to ordering a new passenger side door handle from Alfa Workshop. Could have saved myself lots if I had just replaced the hinge before the whole thing snapped. Live and learn eh! Not a job a Im looking forward to mind.

Also developed a faint rattle when pulling through 1st and 2nd (maybe 3rd). Doesn't sound like engine, more ancillary. But its coming from that general area. Doesn't change pitch or speed or get louder. Just appears around mid rev range. Probably nothing to worry about but its driving me nuts.

Soon to be ordering a Cupra splitter and Eibach ARB's :) Also be meaning to ask, does anyone know were to get decent LED bulbs for a decent price? Got some off thebay which had 5 leds per bulb but some of the individual leds started flickering.....suppose you get what you pay for.
 

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Lovely, congrats on the new motor, lovely colour as well.

Did you buy the jacket to match the car or vice versa?:biglaugh:
:thumbup: That's my looky-likey brother-in-law, not me, I can't drive too far at the moment, so he took me to pick it up and swapped places so I could drive a bit of the Snake. Jacket came first, though he does have a Jaguar "S" type in the same blue, so you never know!:yes:
 

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Finally got round to ordering a new passenger side door handle from Alfa Workshop. Could have saved myself lots if I had just replaced the hinge before the whole thing snapped. Live and learn eh! Not a job a Im looking forward to mind.

Also developed a faint rattle when pulling through 1st and 2nd (maybe 3rd). Doesn't sound like engine, more ancillary. But its coming from that general area. Doesn't change pitch or speed or get louder. Just appears around mid rev range. Probably nothing to worry about but its driving me nuts.

Soon to be ordering a Cupra splitter and Eibach ARB's :) Also be meaning to ask, does anyone know were to get decent LED bulbs for a decent price? Got some off thebay which had 5 leds per bulb but some of the individual leds started flickering.....suppose you get what you pay for.
Check out this item I found on eBay: http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&id=171762396558&alt=web
Boutght these, they work well
 

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Here what I' ve done on my 156 Twin Spark :

- Leather steering Wheel from Carsdream
- FOCAL 2 way speakers (front)
- Novitec aluminium doors pins
- Custom box air with BMC F1 air filter
- Eibach Pro-kit -30mm
- 17" Selespeed rims
- SUPERSPRINT rear exhaust
- 6 x 80 Watts RING bulbs

My last update :thumbup:
 

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Hi I've got a 147 bought it last week everything seemed fine then yesterday the gearbox went and is now stuck in first gear anyone got any suggestions please? Thanks
 

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Hi I've got a 147 bought it last week everything seemed fine then yesterday the gearbox went and is now stuck in first gear anyone got any suggestions please? Thanks

Hi Chris,

firstly welcome.

secondly star a different thread for your issue as you are unlikely to get any replies here...

and thirdly to contradict myself I would start with the gear linkages, the fact you are stuck in gear implies to me it is the one on top of the gearbox. they have a little tang that breaks off and can get stuck in the gearbox. had exactly the same issue with a fiat coupe recently which in the GT at least shares the same gearbox and linkage (not sure about the 147), that is one of the worst case scenario's but it is more likely to be this below copied from a thread by chilli.

p.s search function is your friend.

This is a brief write up from when I did it, sorry no pics.

The left to right movement on my 147 2.0 was unbearable - I was even contemplating going to the gym to build up my left arm. Honestly it took the arm of schwarzenegger to go from 2nd to 3rd. My missus was in the passenger seat and at it's worst I asked her to move the gear stick and she could barely do so with both hands.

I have never stripped much from an Alfa before (in fact I have cured my airbag light with AlfaDiag and solved my creaking clutch pedal problem and thats it) but had to do something so after searching the forums I found a guide - unfortunately I can't find it again so I can't properly thank those that posted the help.

Anyway the strip down was a bit of a pain mostly because I didn't fully know what was involved, and I think the guide was for a 156 so there was extra stuff to do and that the selector plate looked different but in with a penny and all that

Battery terminals off, retaining strap off, battery out, battery tray bolts out, battery tray wouldn't come out?

Removed fuse tray from housing, unscrewed fuse housing from air box and bugger still no joy, lifted fuse box housing from the battery tray, unbolted battery tray from airbox, removed front of airbox and filter, un-clipped air hose just before MAF, unclipped cables from retainers and still couldn't find room to remove battery tray so had to separate fuse box holder from battery tray and at last - battery tray out, phew!!

Un-clipped the relevant cable on the selector plate, actually it was the only one of the 2 I could get off, undid the 17mm nut that retains the selector shaft (I don't know the proper name for it) and damn was it corroded, sanded the corrosion on the shaft, sanded the corrosion from the housing, put the shaft back in the housing and it was still stiff, I hadn't realized the bush at the rear of the shaft ws properly stuck on, removed the seized plastic bush, fully sanded the shaft smooth, re-sanded the housing.

Grabbed my £2.40 worth of parts.

Installed the new bushes, greased my shaft (then got back to the car - oh err missus), fingered some grease into the rear of the housing, inserted the shaft, washer on, 17mm nut back on and tightened up, cable back on then the re-assembly of everything else.

Re-assembly was a breeze and I had no bits left over!!!!! A first for me.

I can't believe the difference, honestly it was so bad before and so good now, my gear stick returns to center when let go without the need for serious hydraulics.

If it wasn't for the information available here at the forums then I would have had no choice but to pay the stealers to sort it, the total cost to me was £2.40 which is totally amazing for such a dramatic difference.

there are a couple of other things it could be but I don't want to scare you with them just yet..the above is the issue 90% of the time.

good luck
 

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Cheers pal and where am I best putting this post so I get a better response? I hope it's nothing major the gearbox was fine before really smooth going into gears then it just suddenly went
 

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Cheers pal and where am I best putting this post so I get a better response? I hope it's nothing major the gearbox was fine before really smooth going into gears then it just suddenly went

no problem mate,

just post a completely new thread stating your issues,forum tools in the top right hand corner, drop down menu will have the option ''post new thread'' you are already in the right place 147/156/GT technical assistance.

this problem can be down to one of three things.

top hat bushes in the linkage on the actual gear lever, the gear selector/linkage on the top of the gearbox or an actual gearbox issue. fingers crossed its a bushes issue on either end because if the selector has broken inside the gearbox you are in for trouble..:paranoid:

also do a forum search as this is VERY COMMON there are some how to's with pics and part numbers I am sure of it.
 

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Alright nice one and I can't open a new post and I hope it easy to fix the gear stick moves freely but won't move over to right side like 5th gear and reverse? If that's helps a little I'll have to have a look with my dad
 

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Had autolusso oil cooler fitted on Thursday after leak got a little worse. Everything seemed fine until I moved my van this morning to get the car out of garage and noticed a good 100 yard unbroken line of oil coming from the garage and stretching down the road!

Knew exactly what it was, so I maually got the car out of the garage just in case, and there was a nice pool of fresh oil just under the cooler:censored:

Had so much trouble lately that's it's becoming a bit of a joke. After 3 weeks of hassels and big expense i was finally looking forward to taking it out for a good blast without having to worry about anything going wrong.

I just thank my lucky stars that it wasn't raining and I noticed the oil, otherwise I would have drove straight out and carried on non the wiser ...

Car being collected tomorrow by garage to put right, hopefully.
Just to update and if anything to get those with this cooler fitted to check their pipes. One of the pipes supplied with the kit burst:irked:
Good job it went when it did and so I still have an engine. WAD in Wolverhampton collected the car and replaced all the pipes with their own and topped the oil back up FOC, so a massive :thumbup: to them.

Despite the problem with the pipes, they do like the kit and the way it fits, trust me though to get a dodgy one..:censored::biglaugh:

Car going back to WAD in a couple of weeks to have the underside cleaned and wax oiled. Just £49+vat, the old mans getting his 159ti done as well.
 

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Annual service time for the GT

Took the GT into Autolusso on Friday for annual service and for MTech short shifter bracket fitting. Wow, I can honestly recommend this little gizmo to transform the driving experience. The short throw is so much more responsive although a little notchy, but well worth the investment.:thumbup:

Thanks to Loz and the lads at Autolusso for usual brilliant service.
Chris
 
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