Need the timing belt on the wife's Tipo done, tried doing it myself the
other day but whoever bolted the pulley nut on must have used several tons
of locking compound as it will *not* shift. Want to put the job onto someone
else, can anyone recommend a good garage near to
W.A.D. Auto Developments Ltd
Unit 3 Waterside Industrial Estate
They are Alfa specialists but I'm sure will be more than happy to look after
your wife's Tipo.
Excellent - she works in Tipton so can drop it in on the way back one day.
Also useful as I am looking at getting either an Alfa 146 or a 155,
depending on if I can get the insurance costs to a sensible level :)
Both great cars - make sure if you buy the 146 you go for a twinspark, not a
boxer.... (Or go for a v6 155 if you love driving a car that loves being
driven as power and curves intended, but only if you have shares in
It'll most likely be a late model 155, 2.0 - can't run to the cost of a V6,
both for insurance and petrol purposes :) There's definitely something about
the 155, some of them look like old mans cars, and yet others look so
aggressive, it's weird how there can be such differences between variations
of the same car!
Anyway, how come the name "Ex Alfa Adam" - don't tell me you've gone to the
dark side and bought a BMW :)
Not quite - I finally saw sense for a moment after much (over 2 engine
rebuilds on one of my Alfa 33s!) excessive maintainence and sold my last 33
a month ago. Good riddance, goodbye, so long, auf wiedersehen, au revoir,
Don't miss them at all. Much, not for the magic handling, the responsive
engine, the great accelleration, the (ahem, officer!) remarkably good top
speed. Not a bit of it. Just had a gut full of the maintainence of fixing
something every week. There is a lot to rebuild in a 16v injected boxer
engine you know!
So there I was, carless, perusing ebay thinking - 'cheap and reliable, cheap
insurance, low tax, economical' - and suddenly instead of buying a toyota
corolla, nissan sunny or proton persona, I'd bought a Fiat Tipo, the one
with the 148bhp 2.0 16v engine - damn it goes well!
However, I've always had a problem with Fiats - I've always regarded them as
being a 'second grade' vehicle - so I stuck with the 'Alfa' bit - but
although I hold BMWs in high esteem, (I used to work in 1st tier motor
industry supply to ford, rover, landrover, jag, aston martin, fiat, buick,
toyota, nissan, renault - I understand vehicle build quality - get the
picture) I just couldn't stoop to buying one as they are just not me.
(Interestingly I used to have a Fiat Multipla as a company car...) If I
ever had to get sensible and buy a 'decent' car I'd buy something like a PT
Cruiser or another Multipla. Oh yes, we have 3 kids.
Somehow, the italians have the edge in appealing car design - I've owned
lancias as well and loved them all - oh well, less of my life story -
somehow from the above you'll grasp that I love Alfas but can't live with
Wouldn't mind the 2.0 Tipo myself, the wife drives a 1.6 and even though
thats 15 years old it's still in surprisingly good nick. Problem with the
Tipo is they stopped making them in 95 and a 9 year old car, well, I'd
rather have something a little newer. From what I've read the 155 is quite
reliable so long as it is looked after, i.e. cambelt changes at 36k, etc,
and as they are galvanised no rust problems. Still, it's better than owning
a Mondeo :)
A splendid idea - a manual 3.0 v6 in good nick would be a pleasure to drive
and also one step on from mu first Alfa, a Giulietta 116 that I loved to
bits and seemed to love me! (But at the tender age of 22 then my insurance
co, didn't love me - I asked for a quote, they gave me what I thought was a
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