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post #16 of 148 (permalink) Old 11-21-2015, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Pete,
Did you by any chance check the pipe that runs between the water pump and thermostat. Sometimes they can weep at the thermostat housing end. Mine did - I could smell hot water when I got home - it was a tiny weep but enough to drop the water level over a few days.

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Thanks for the heads up. I'll keep an eye on the water level.

I assume the water pump is at the timing belt end of the engine so you are talking about the "pipes" that run (or cast as part of the cylinder heads) in the V. If so it looked dry there.
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post #17 of 148 (permalink) Old 11-22-2015, 09:49 AM
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The pipes sit on top and run from one end to the other. It is the 'O' rings that go hard and weep where the pipe goes onto the housings.


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Well, I have got an Alfa at the moment!! Is is a 2004 156 2.5 Q. Oh, I have a Stilo Abarth as well! Yay!!
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Drove her from Tauranga to Taupo today and with the new thermostat and temperature was perfect.

Because of this I had a little more fun and gee passing using 3rd or 4th was just so much fun and loved the torque pushing us back in the seat and of course the sound. I sooooooo wanted to wind her right out but while I did have a small short play or two (while passing) ... I'll not say anymore other than there was considerably more left

Everybody so far is enjoying the comfort, helped because you can go around any open road corner with out any speed adjustment, and the stereo.

I'm going to contact the North Auckland FIAT Alfa Romeo place that last serviced it and see if I can find out when/if they replaced the timing belt. They might have the service history of the car for the last few years?
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Sounds like you had an enjoyable trip on some very nice high ways.
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Sounds great Pete. Lovely road and perfect for an Alfa. It joins the main road in Taupo just east of the township doesn't it? There used to be some sort of restaurant or reception place up that road a bit.

Is the road around the east side of the lake still as good as it was back in the 80's and 90's? Had some great drives down there, most often coming back through the national park and up the west side of the lack which by memory was a faster road?

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Sounds great Pete. Lovely road and perfect for an Alfa. It joins the main road in Taupo just east of the township doesn't it?
I'm not sure, we just follow the road signs. Pretty open and flowing roads. The road from Tauranga to Rotorua is currently my favourite. Some great curves and undulating.
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Is the road around the east side of the lake still as good as it was back in the 80's and 90's? Had some great drives down there, most often coming back through the national park and up the west side of the lack which by memory was a faster road?
New Zealand roads might often suffer course chip surface and therefore be noisy but they are rarely boring drives .

BTW: The 1750 GTV's shell has been successfully moved today to our house from the rental property. An easy move where we actually towed it along the road on it's trolley for about 2 km's ... luckily no cops spotted us Lots of getting the house right first before I can get back working on her though.
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I'm going to contact the North Auckland FIAT Alfa Romeo place that last serviced it and see if I can find out when/if they replaced the timing belt. They might have the service history of the car for the last few years?
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And they did have the service history from 2014 and really good news; the cambelt, tensioner and water pump were replaced in August 2014 @ 108,000 km's so there is no need for me to touch that area for 3 years or ~53,000 km's

Also the lower front control arms were replaced in October 2014

Very happy 156 owner!
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Always good to have those major items done and paid for by someone else. Glad to see you are enjoying that 156 - the 2 litre Twin Spark is not too bad either, especially in the really twisty bits where its better agility becomes an advantage. Tauranga is not a bad place to live either.
Re your question as to why people don`t drive Alfas -two things ;they don`t like to be too different than their friends, and B they think they are dearer to own just like ANY European car. Obviously they have never worked on a late Japanese or Korean car, nor bought parts for them because ALL modern cars are equally difficult and my experience is parts prices are no different BUT because cars like Alfas tend to be driven for a longer period you can get parts for them in say 20yrs time unlike many *** imports for example.
I get parts from EB Spares in UK for our 156 but try Auckland Italian Job as well as slightly more convenient for you if you want them in a couple of days however if you plan your maintenance schedule ahead so you give yourself time can`t beat EB Spares in UK, and I got my TS plugs out within 4 days - ($NZ136 compared to $NZ300 plus). They carry "modern" Alfa parts in addition to the classic stuff they`ve always carried.

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Took her up to the Auckland Ellerslie car show where my father is a judge. Dad, Jarad (nephew), Ben (son) and myself and still flies along, passing a breeze and too much fun.

I have also discovered that the back will let go, as early in the drive we played harder around a few roundabouts ... great fun .

On the way home we also hammered up the Kaimai's as hard as I would go with my son on board (Dad and Jarad were dropped off in Hamilton) and that was great fun also. Only concern I have is the temperature, on this burst, got up to around 95 degrees C where she normally runs around 80 to 90 ... checked water and oil level this morning and perfect.

Dad has suggested I replace the fuel filter, which makes perfect sense of course.

My to do list:
1. Fuel filter.
2. Replace ashtray lid as it does not close perfectly as somebody has managed to break a couple of teeth off the closing mechanism.
3. Replace engine undertray as rear 2 mounts have been broken off.
4. Calmly wait for the next awesome drive
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The under tray was made by alfisti.net in aluminium. I would contact them and inquire if they can still supply for your V6 (different from the 4 cyl. versions).
UK Based EB Spares brake used 156s for spares, so ask there, too.
The UK based alfaowner.com have lots of 156 owners, past and present, so maybe someone have one that they never got fitted.
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My 156v6 has been racking up the miles recently. Last weekend I went from Tauranga to Auckland and back on both days (apparently 231km's from our house to the Auckland destination) to spend time with my wife and son. Managed to get it comfortably down to 2.5 hours.

Wonderful car, just wonderful. Passing is such a breeze, and also great fun. And heck I've been told the 4 cylinder is more sporty but heck she's a great handler ... for the sake of tyre preservation I've had to control myself ... lol

I've also had a (to me) wonderful complement from my son when I mentioned to him that if I ever go too fast, just say so and I will slow down immediately. He said: "It is the best thing I do" ... now at the moment that is very special, and also made the 156v6 even more special to me.

It has only used a tiny bit of oil, no water level movement and just seems to be lapping it up. Can do Tauranga to Auckland and back using only 1/2 a tank ... and with other drivers I'm sure it would do better because when I pass (and heck other times, although I try not to), I nail her ... it is simply safer to spend the least amount of time on the other side of the road.

Can't wait to take the whole family for another trip!! ... takes a lot of cleaning the bugs off the front though
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Since I serviced her (10/01/2016) she has done 5000 km's , mostly from Tauranga to Auckland, so good miles and no problems.

Great for this sort of driving. In fact I love this car and have no intention of selling her. With my current family situation and not being able to continue (currently, I hope in a few years to get back into it) with my 1750's restoration I'm glad that I have this car to remind myself what is so good about this marque.

For those who want to know my son (14) had a mental breakdown and is in the excellent Starship hospital (in Auckland) while they work out his medication, etc. So far the diagnosis is he has Aspergers (high functioning Autism) and he spent too much effort trying to control this resulting in his mental breakdown and self harm thoughts.

Poor kid, and the most upsetting thing I have ever been involved in. I have cried so much that I thought I was going to run out of tears ...

He has been aware that he is not "normal" for a few years and we thought that he had grown out of it but in the end it was him trying ever so hard to be normal. Nobody can do that 24/7 and it burnt him out. (BTW: We've been aware that something was different for a very long time and he has seen more specialists than I have fingers and toes but he is also very good at working out what needs to be said at the right time and we have got nowhere but confused ...)

Of course human nature as it is, he was bullied by those he thought were genuine friends and now has a broken nose to prove it. The upsetting thing is no matter what happens to him it is always his fault and he deserved it ... of course this is not true but that is how victims like my son, whose through no fault of his was born different, think. We always wondered why he was so interested in everybody in the families history. He was trying to relate to another member of the family, ie. I'm like him or her. In the end I'm by far the most like him and maybe I have Aspergers too!

Sorry for this deviation, back to Alfas. The 156v6 is 100% a true Alfa Romeo!, and FWD or not it has huge grip.
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Sorry to read about your son's diagnosis. I hope that the doctors will find a treatment for him very soon.
When some things like this happens other things gets less important. It's very important for the patients family to keep hopes and encourage the patient to have hope for a soon improvement and recovery.
When my wife became ill (breast cancer) I was very happy that I had it in me to support her and finding surprises for her after surgery.
Best of luck for you and your family.
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Sorry to read about your son's diagnosis. I hope that the doctors will find a treatment for him very soon.
When some things like this happens other things gets less important. It's very important for the patients family to keep hopes and encourage the patient to have hope for a soon improvement and recovery. When my wife became ill (breast cancer) I was very happy that I had it in me to support her and finding surprises for her after surgery.
Best of luck for you and your family.
Agree and thank you. We are doing all we can and understand that this will be a long process. I also have to thank my extended family who have been great.

I hope your wife is now well.
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