So the time has come for me to once again plough some money into my Alfa Romeo.
Yawn, heard this story before, I hear you say. “What did you expect when you bought an Alfa,” I hear the cries….
A few months ago the cam-belt needed doing, I’ve got issues in my wishbones, my track-rods, my radiator’s corroded to hell and I need to change the discs and pads. No way I can afford that all in one go.
But, I will stick up for the Alfa, in that it persuades the mechanic in me to rear its head. Not having any money to spend on it means that I am going to at least attempt to do a fair amount of the work myself. Changing the pads shouldn’t be too much of a problem, and my next port of call after that will be to change the oil and give the engine a bit of a new lease of life….filters, coils and all.
I’ll then put some Redex in the tank (if you’re wondering if it’s any good – probably not – but here’s some advice) and clean the injectors and see if I can get rid of the slight misfire that we’re experiencing.
I also need to get a new key and programme that to work the alarm. I also need to be able to open the boot from the outside!
Kind of writing all the issues down now so I can refer back to it and keep track….
Even with the problems, the JTS engine is still working remarkably well – pulls fantastically and is good fun to drive. The interior is also lovely – comfy seats and stylish revamped interior seeing as I have a 2003 model. I’d recommend an Alfa to anyone for the smile it puts on your face…just expect to keep one hand in your pocket…