Alfa brakes are very good. Zero need to change them on a street car. The stock exhaust is very nice and I would not want to make it louder.
The oil light is just an idiot light and is probably malfunctioning, assuming the gauge is reading correctly (which may or may not be the case). They are separate sender units. A check with a mechanical gauge is warranted, if in any doubt.
The most important thing right off the bat is the timing belt. Timing belts on the ALFA V6 are not to be ignored. A broken or skipped timing belt will do a lot of very expensive damage to the engine. I recommend that you download the guide on timing belts and tensioners and read it for understanding. Either of the mechanics listed below can give you sound advice as well. There's also an Alfa club chapter on Long Island that meets once a month on Sunday for breakfast, I believe.
Read this for more owner info on the 164S:
There are a couple of good ALFA mechanics on Long Island, should you need them. Alfa Import Center in Port Washington, and the Alfa Auto Clinic in Baldwin.
Thanks. I read your post and it was excellent very informative. I will be looking through all these things before I decide to really get into the car or not. Of course it has sentimental value but I don't want to end up in a money pit.
I will probably Put a mechanical gauge on to be sure just in case and then set out to try and fix the idiot light, I seem to remember reading it is not too complicated to fix but sourcing the sensor can be troublesome?
I should have the service records from my uncle for the car, I THINK he used that Alfa shop in Baldwin but will need to check, its only 10 minutes from my house so if I need them its very helpful. I think he was also in that Alfa club.
I have an L, but similar enough to comment.
The 12V is certainly fun and it sounds great. If you canít find an ANSA, I like my CSC Marmitte muffler and mid silencer removed.
Wheels are tough to find at 5x98 pattern, but 5x100 with wobble bolts work fine.
Braking is fine, just a softer pedal than you might be used to. Street pads and rotors are probably fine.
Have fun with it and enjoy driving it. Definitely check the oil situation and find out the history on the timing belt and tensioner. If you havenít read up on that, search around a bit.
This site makes the car great to maintain. There are some great maintenance guides. If you havenít already, take a look and see what youíre getting into and what you might expect for maintenance. Good luck.
Thanks for the tip on the muffler, I think I've seen the ANSA out there, I clicked through so many parts sites I'm not sure. Hey for all I know the car may have it, like i said my uncle was a big Alfa fan.
What you say about the wheels makes sense, there is a set of OZ wheels I saw on tirerack though that are 5x98, the O.Z. Superturismo LM (I'd post a link but i can't I'm too new)
But I had seen something on 5x100 wheels that mentioned "fitment issue" I guess they meant wobble bolts.
I think I'm gonna try some good pads and rotors, steel braided lines, and a fluid change and see how I like it before I go drop $2k+ on a brake kit.
Looks like this car will be a little project for me, do some stuff here and there, and then hopefully have it done by next summer.
Good advice from roadtrip and spitefire. Don't jump to fast except on the timing belt! Unless you know it's history....time and mileage...do it right away, if not sooner
Before jumping on brakes and exhaust, I'd drive it for a while. I agree with the others. It sounds great stock. The stock brakes are just fine for a fast street car, if the pads and rotors aren't glazed over and were broken in properly. I've owned 5 164s, including 3 Ss. I've tried lots of different pads and a few rotors. The best brakes I had were street pads and rotors from Centerline, all 4 corners done at the same time and broken in so as not to glaze the rotors.
Choose wisely were you spend money on your 164. A good running well maintained one will bring you more joy than one that looks and sounds good
Thanks, I definitely want to kind of plan things out before throwing money at it. Also I don't know everything thats been done, its possible my uncle made some upgrades over time. I may see it this weekend. Need the will and stuff to sort out before I can take it home.