CAT’S INSIDE LINE: ALFA ROMEO 159 (2005 TO 2011)

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Alfa-Romeo-159-300pxThe handsome Alfa Romeo 159 is next up on our ramp for further investigation.

The 159 was Alfa’s replacement for the adored 156 and another attempt to crack the German dominated compact executive car market.

The 159 came in both saloon and sportswagon guise, as it tried to grab some of the fleet market from the clutches of BMW, Audi and Mercedes, and the Alfa also was fitted with a selection of petrol engines including a 1.75-, 1.8-, 1.9-, 2.2- and 3.2-litre V6, and 1.9-, 2.0- and 2.4-litre diesels.

The Alfa Romeo came equipped with a host of technology and safety features, and Schaeffler warns that determining the right parts for each model is difficult and often requires the use of the car’s VIN, so this provides the aftermarket with extra challenges.

Alfa-Romeo-159-300px-2Next month we’ll be looking at the Range Rover L322, so wherever you work in the aftermarket if you have insight to share, we would be delighted to hear from you.

To get your advice included contact hemal.mistry@haymarket.com.

Click below to see technical contributions on the Alfa Romeo 159 from:

Alfa Bulletin Board – looks at common problems on the 159

Alfadriver.com – showcases issues with the rear doors and Selespeed gearbox

Alfaowner.com – on how to tackle wet carpets and heated seats in the Alfa Romeo

Autoelectro – rotating electric considerations and foibles on the 159

Cambiare – various technical faults that affect the Alfa Romeo 159

Comma – discusses the importance of servicing the fluids and lubricants on the Italian saloon

Dayco – why it is important to check the condition of the Alfa’s belts

First Line – a look at foibles with the 159’s steering, suspension and water pumps

Meyle – advises on the 159’s glow plugs, brakes and suspension

Motaquip – looks at the steering, suspension and filtration on the Alfa

RMI – looks at a few common faults with the Alfa 

Schaeffler – gives good practice advice when changing a clutch on the Alfa 

TecRMI – gives technical insight into a couple of common faults on the Alfa Romeo 159

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