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im pretty excited about it myself lol, its redish maroon, tan leather interior, woodgrain console and steering wheel, twinspark, 5speed manual, 150,000kms with full service history.

ill get a few pics later, but the body is mint, a few stone chips on the front bar, one tiny tiny door mark and the rubbers under the windows are bubbled out [??no idea, pics will show it].

interior is just as good, the only faults being a broken rear vent flap and a very minor sag in the driver seat bolster.

it runs great, infact i never thought a twinspark could be fun to drive like it is.
it does have one issue, when warmed up, at idle [900rpm] it drops slowly to about 6~700rpm then picks back up to 1100rpm and repeates. it doesnt stall, but its irritating sometimes. any ideas?

the rear prolly needs an alignment, as one wheel is scolloped and the rear tyres have alot of road noise [continental rear and pirelli fronts]

her plans are simple; 18" wheels, lower it 30~40mm, tint the windows and a good sound system.

the plans id like to have completed for her; cruise control [she loves how fast it is compared to her old toyota camry, and tends not to notice speeding because of how smooth the car is], sub and amps which can be removed and installed in a few minutes without tools for extra boot space when needed but still look great.

id hate to think what her family thinks of me now for getting her into alfas...
 

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windows tinted a few days ago and got the stereo mostly finished today but that will be getting changed sooner rather than later i hope [prefab box with 12" kicker just takes up too much room, and looks terrible!].

jen took it in for a rear wheel alignment, as the driver side has minor scollop wear. they said the rear cant be adjusted? the report said the passenger side has 0.11mm toe in, and the driver side had 3.14mm toe in. all other measurements look good.
when i was running the power cables i had a look and all the bushes are fine, well, no obvious wear or such. do i need adjustable control arms? how do you adjust the rear?


currently stock speakers, amplified fronts [90RMS] and rears are run from the alpine head unit.
i have a query about the factory setup of the fronts though... for some reason, the left tweeter sounds louder and 'brighter', playing the higher frequencies that the driver side doesnt. but the driver side is definetly working and playing clearly [at first i wasnt sure]
do they have crossovers installed to avoid an 'overpowering' or ear piercing driver side tweeter?
iv read about car makers installing little devices, similar to crossovers, to dull the tweeters volume to ballance the sound stage [i believe holden do this, and have since the late 90's?]
im going to pull the door trim off, and search for what im thinking might be in the tweeter wiring, as i find it incredibly annoying. if i cant find anything to fix it, ill think about dontating my dynaudio's to her and re run new speaker cable to the doors, they are just sitting in a parts car after all.

tomorrow ill wash the car, hook up the hands free, and take a few photos. im sure ill be back soon enough with more questions.
 

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currently stock speakers, amplified fronts [90RMS] and rears are run from the alpine head unit.
i have a query about the factory setup of the fronts though... for some reason, the left tweeter sounds louder and 'brighter', playing the higher frequencies that the driver side doesnt.
open the connectors between door and frame, clean with electronic spray, that may help
 

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some pics of the car, which got me in trouble... apparently its rude to take photos for the internet without permission :eek: ... i didnt think these were those sort of photos, but i can see how someone might think they are porn of some sort :p
 

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notice the bumps in the window rubbers?
the boot IS NOT staying like that, this week sometime ill re run all the cables.

then some time this year i hope to give the boot a firbeglass box in the left corner.
 

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you can replace those window trims, the metal inside trim is rusted (not the actual door)
 

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awesome, thats what i wanted to hear, now iv just gotta find some new ones.
 

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Your rear wheel alignment is suspecious, either it left the facory like that (not likely) or it's had at collision at the rear end. Have the car put on a rick gillete bench and have the tailing arms pushed in alighment.
Otherwise it look very nice, it an early version with the Momo leather; much more duable than later ones.
I woundn't worry so much about the audio kit, the sound track from the lovely Alfa engine give you all the intertainment you need.
Good luck
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After answering your tread I remembered I once reversed very slowly into a granite stone and the trailing arm and shocker was bend. The arm, both shockers and all bushes was changed and all was well again.
From other alfisti I know that 18" wheels and tyres can hit the wheel wells and suspension parts if the ET isn't corect, I know that some even had the rear arces rolled out. No probs with 17" and 215/45-17 tyres which was one of the original wheels sizes.
Lowering more than 20 mm gives probs with speed bumps, loose object on the road and the plastic cover under the engine cracks easily, but alu ones are offered in Europe. I had the alu one on my 156 which was lowered by PO 40 mm. That cost my a cracked sump.
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thanks all for the lowering advice, but iv been told about not lowering cars very much by alfa guys, and its a joke, i ran a 75 for 3years 40mm off the ground without problems in australia. i reckon you guys are getting ****ed in the *** by your councils with your roads. i also ran 18" wheels with 215/35/18's without trouble, after being told by everyone it couldnt be done to an alfa 75...
anyway, enough with that burst...

where can i buy suspension parts for a 156? in particular, nolthane/polly bushes, springs and adjustable control arms?
 

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If there are no independent supplieres down under try EBSpares.co.uk they are suppliers of spares and aftermarket equipment for all Alfas, Classico, old and modern.
My 156 was lowered 40 mm which gave lots of trobbles with speed bumps and kerbs etc. My engine tray only lasted a year or so until I got an alu tray and my front bumper broke partially over the year. The alu tray didn't stop the engine oil sump cracking when a stone was hit, the tray could be bent back in place but I had to have the sump and front exhaust changed = multi $$$$
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I got 45mm lowering in my ex 156 V6, its was no problem in summer time, but in winter its was way too low. IMO I would not put over 17 wheels to 156 it spoils the car, unless you find very light wheels. For current car I have not put any lowerings.. maybe too old now :) its much relaxing drive and 156 is not particular soft even standard suspension.-
 

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"it does have one issue, when warmed up, at idle [900rpm] it drops slowly to about 6~700rpm then picks back up to 1100rpm and repeates. it doesnt stall, but its irritating sometimes. any ideas?"

i fixed this a few weeks ago, easy. pulled all the intake apart and cleaned it all, back together and its fine! im happy it was easy enough to do. the insides were filthy though!

also got some eibach springs to lower it 30mm, but i gotta find time to do it now.
 

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i thought it should be a service job, which confuses me, because its full service history had only been at the 2 biggest alfa dealers in melbourne, no little mechanics or anything... honestly thought they would be on top of it all?

jen got a quote from them for her next service, $960aud for oil change, oil filter, coolant change, air filter, pollen filter and brake fluid change. thats all they do for a grand? i joked and told her ill do it for 400, coz shes special, but she wants that little $500 stamp in the book...

also thanks for the link, great site
 

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There is no mention of the air intake cleaning in the Service Book, and to be honest, mine had it done once or twice in the 9 years I had it. I guess that it's much dependant on how dusty the invironment is were the car is driven. In Denmark we don't have much dust but for the duration of the winter, we almost all the time drive in a salty spray - not good for the poor bodywork either.
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