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 ...in the past radiators were more easy to fix, nowadays they are made of plastics, better to buy new one maybe.
Thanks, will do.Check the power steering pipes and cooler, they're known leak points after the rad (or lower subframe) has been out.
I'll make sure I never drive a 4 cylinder then , but I admit I don't push my 156v6 very hard. I'm 50 now and cruising is becoming my thing more and more. I still do like to find the lines but I know that I am way below the cars and even my own limits.I`ve used a touch of clear RTV to put the K back on the back of the mighty Twin Spark.
By the way took a V6 156 for a drive the other day and despite the fantastic sound compared to the TS was disappointed in the difference in performance plus much heavier in the front end in comparison making it less responsive and unwieldy in feel. This is the 2nd V6 manual I`ve tried (plus the auto Q).
Yes I agree with you. Obviously I'd love to own a GTA but the single divider front is a styling fail. I doubt I'll own a different 156 than my current one. Now that we have the Toyota Vitz she (the 156v6) is a luxury and more and more we use the Vitz for weekend chores. It is actually quite a good little car and so cheap to run.Think the GTA might be the one to try ( but I don`t like the body modifications)
Yes while I enjoy looking at the v6 engine, I do feel a little nervous to the thought of working on her. Even changing the oil filter is a pain, and Alfa Romeo could have made this easier by just a little extra design effort in the shape and mounting of the power steering pipes. I've not experienced this VW sort of pointlessly annoying engineering on an Alfa Romeo before. Sure you have to remove a lot of things compared to a Toyota to do simple tasks, but usually there is a reason. In the power steering pipes case, it was either cost cutting or just plain oversight, or like VW Golf Mk4s (possibly the worst car I have ever worked on), we don't give a **** about people working on our cars attitude.... so for me personally I think I`ll stay with the 2 litre, besides I do all maintainence and access definitely is easier in the 4 cyl.
A visiting friend found it hard to believe she was 17 years old from a styling point of view.156`s though are pretty good cars and in my opinion one of the best looking of the "modern" cars from any manufacturer.