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post #196 of 289 (permalink) Old 02-07-2018, 04:12 PM
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Well, I like it this way. Not everybody is the Alfa-type, so to say.
And I like it when I see an other 156 GTA on holiday that it is really special. Waving, thumbs up. I don't see BMW 330i-drivers do that ;-)

I drive this GTA for almost 12 years now, and I am still happy with it! 220.000 km's and still counting. Just not so fast anymore.

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Putting an inlet system cleaner through it might restore some of your power Mario. They do get a bit coked up over time, but not as bad as diesels with working EGRs do.

Current Alfas
2010 159 ti 1750 TBI sedan (red).
2004 GT 3.2 V6 (Stromboli Grey).
2008 159 TI Sportwagon 2.4 JTDM (Stromboli Grey).
1987 75 3 litre (red). My first 75 and now my son's.
2000 156 2 litre Twin Spark, ( Cosmos Blu metallic), my daughter's car.
2000 156 Monza Twin Spark, (Cosmos Blue metallic), sonís girlfiendís car.
1999 GTV 3 litre 24 valve V6, metallic black, (sonís new car).

Non Alfa
1988 Range Rover Classic Highline 3.9 V8

Past Alfas
1989 75 3 litre, written off by runaway van.
1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (black), now sold & living in Newcastle NSW.
1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (grey, sadly deceased due to fire).
1982 GTV 2 litre, red, (daughter's first Alfa)
2 x 1992 164s, (1 red, 1 grey).
2 x 1988 33s, (both red).
1985 GTV 2 litre, (white).
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So the 156v6 has good hearing and heard us talking about getting another car for the mundane work and back trip ... and feeling a little upset, she has sprung a engine water leak. Most importantly she never let me down (and still managed to have a good short race with a M3!) and never suffered any over heating, etc. as I noticed it early enough and of course she's an elegant lady and maintained decorum. I'm presently too busy to inspect and resolve but will get her back to perfection hopefully next weekend.

But we now own a 2005 Toyota Vitz, 1000cc fuel saving monster. I'll have to learn to tread lightly on the accelerator fearing tyre shredding wheelspin ... lol, not! But while acceleration is casual she drives nice and tight (and feels surprisingly solid) and I do not believe she has ever been painted (except maybe the plastic bumpers) and just needs a thorough detail to bring her up to my standard. She may hardly ever be cleaned after that, but it is always good to start clean . And of course the girls in the family think she is absolutely the cutest thing ... will probably become my daughters first car (?)

And the bonus is she has a full tank of gas
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Have fun Pete!

Current Alfas
2010 159 ti 1750 TBI sedan (red).
2004 GT 3.2 V6 (Stromboli Grey).
2008 159 TI Sportwagon 2.4 JTDM (Stromboli Grey).
1987 75 3 litre (red). My first 75 and now my son's.
2000 156 2 litre Twin Spark, ( Cosmos Blu metallic), my daughter's car.
2000 156 Monza Twin Spark, (Cosmos Blue metallic), sonís girlfiendís car.
1999 GTV 3 litre 24 valve V6, metallic black, (sonís new car).

Non Alfa
1988 Range Rover Classic Highline 3.9 V8

Past Alfas
1989 75 3 litre, written off by runaway van.
1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (black), now sold & living in Newcastle NSW.
1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (grey, sadly deceased due to fire).
1982 GTV 2 litre, red, (daughter's first Alfa)
2 x 1992 164s, (1 red, 1 grey).
2 x 1988 33s, (both red).
1985 GTV 2 litre, (white).
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post #199 of 289 (permalink) Old 02-13-2018, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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First fill of the Vitz worked out to 5.738 l/100, compared to 8 for the 156v6. So at least a $40 per week saving!!

Maybe new plugs and tyre pressure check (yep I have not checked them yet) might get it below 5.5 ...
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So the 156v6 is in tens of bits as the water leak is a leaky radiator.

So front inner wheel liners off (you guys should do this as I found lots of dirt sitting on back corner of front guards), front bumper off. A few bolts later and some temporary cable ties and the air con rad and cooling fans are hanging happily. Just need to dump water and radiator will be out.

Anybody that says Alfas are hard to work on should be forced to work on VW Golfs! As long as it is as easy to put back together this process so far was easier than undoing a couple of VW bolts ?

Where do I get another rad from? Or can they be fixed. Leak seems to near middle to the passenger side.
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Generally they can be fixed Pete. Pretty common, I did a quick google and there’s a few places in Tauranga and the Mount.

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in the past radiators were more easy to fix, nowadays they are made of plastics, better to buy new one maybe.

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in the past radiators were more easy to fix, nowadays they are made of plastics, better to buy new one maybe.
Yes the header tanks are made of plastic but the finned part is made of metal and that is where is it leaking. But my concern is is it leaking because of maybe a stone attack or because it has rusted thin. She should not have rusted thin as the water when I bought her already had good inhibitor colour ...

Anyway will ask around. Buying a new one would, I suspect, cause the parts department at the local Alfa dealership to take the rest of the day off and party , but yes I will check the cost of ordering one from overseas, etc.

[EDIT:]Email sent (as it is Sunday) to the Italian Auto Centre
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Radiator out ... don't think it's fixable. So many fins missing!
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You could try The Spare Place or Turin Imports here in Adelaide Pete. Both are good for that stuff. Also ebay has Australian sellers with Alfa radiators.

Current Alfas
2010 159 ti 1750 TBI sedan (red).
2004 GT 3.2 V6 (Stromboli Grey).
2008 159 TI Sportwagon 2.4 JTDM (Stromboli Grey).
1987 75 3 litre (red). My first 75 and now my son's.
2000 156 2 litre Twin Spark, ( Cosmos Blu metallic), my daughter's car.
2000 156 Monza Twin Spark, (Cosmos Blue metallic), sonís girlfiendís car.
1999 GTV 3 litre 24 valve V6, metallic black, (sonís new car).

Non Alfa
1988 Range Rover Classic Highline 3.9 V8

Past Alfas
1989 75 3 litre, written off by runaway van.
1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (black), now sold & living in Newcastle NSW.
1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (grey, sadly deceased due to fire).
1982 GTV 2 litre, red, (daughter's first Alfa)
2 x 1992 164s, (1 red, 1 grey).
2 x 1988 33s, (both red).
1985 GTV 2 litre, (white).
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New one ordered from Italian Auto Centre ... ~$450, ... was recommended to steer clear of second hand ones due to the age of these vehicles and they are not fixable.

Isn't it silly that because of the plastic header tanks they cannot be repaired and likely are filling up land fills all over the world. My 1750's radiator will likely out last this new one ...
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Btw a shrinking disc is on its way ... will be interesting to see what that may do to the 1750

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I must really like this car ... I've just spent 30 to 45 minutes very carefully de-beeing the air conditioning radiator with my trusty scriber and air compressor gun. Obviously I blew backwards threw it first but then it was a fin by fin process.

I wonder if it will make any difference?, but I always believe you should clean the things you work on and can't put a dirt part back together.


Anyway, new water radiator has arrived, so plan to put her back together tomorrow.
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Radiator in and car ready for action again . Not as easy as taking out but not that hard, just lots of parts to reinstall.

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Check the power steering pipes and cooler, they're known leak points after the rad (or lower subframe) has been out.

'66 1600 Duetto | '73 1600 GTJunior | '03 156 1.9JTD Sportwagon | '11 Giulietta QV (wow, revelation) | I really don't need this many Alfa's...
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