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post 23rd June 2017 18:10
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Hello all. I'm new here. Recently purchased a 2000 cloverleaf. I last had a 145 in the late 90's - an R reg 1.6 which I sold in 2000. It was my first Alfa and started my obsession with them. I always wanted the cloverleaf, but ended up going all modern at the time and getting a new 147. I currently have a Brera & Giulietta, but I still hankered after a 145 (probably nostalgia setting in), so finally decided it was now or never whilst there were still some about! Anyway my new addition needs some tlc. Mechanically it's wanted for nothing, but unfortunately the last elderly owner was a very bad parker so it's quite battered and bruised, although nothing that can't be fixed. It'll probably be off the road for a while whilst I gradually start to remove things, fix, rustproof etc so here's a photo whilst still in one piece.
Will probably be after plenty of advice going forward. Cheers!
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post 23rd June 2017 20:13
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Hello all. I'm new here. Recently purchased a 2000 cloverleaf. I last had a 145 in the late 90's - an R reg 1.6 which I sold in 2000. It was my first Alfa and started my obsession with them. I always wanted the cloverleaf, but ended up going all modern at the time and getting a new 147. I currently have a Brera & Giulietta, but I still hankered after a 145 (probably nostalgia setting in), so finally decided it was now or never whilst there were still some about! Anyway my new addition needs some tlc. Mechanically it's wanted for nothing, but unfortunately the last elderly owner was a very bad parker so it's quite battered and bruised, although nothing that can't be fixed. It'll probably be off the road for a while whilst I gradually start to remove things, fix, rustproof etc so here's a photo whilst still in one piece.
Will probably be after plenty of advice going forward. Cheers!
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Hi, and welcome. thumbup.gif

Car looks good. Guess it same color as mine smile.gif

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post 24th June 2017 17:55
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post 24th June 2017 21:25
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Mean looking Alfa. Nice choice!

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post 25th June 2017 21:10
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Mean looking Alfa. Nice choice!

Africa Grey. I've had a few people ask me if it's green or grey in the photos!
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post 26th June 2017 16:45
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Africa Grey. I've had a few people ask me if it's green or grey in the photos!


Africa grey? Maybe yours is a bit darker.

Mine car's color name is Grigio Artico 837


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post 26th June 2017 19:52
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post 18th August 2017 01:31
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Nice! I like that colour.
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post 18th August 2017 12:11
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Hello everyone,
This is Ahmed and newly registered with your community but i don't have any Car no3.gif
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post 18th August 2017 12:25
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Wow! we've got ourselves a groundswell of membership here!

Welcome VROOM- that is a really terrific car (yours too, Peter79!)

and welcome Onlyzen; do you know Peter? Are you guys close to each other (geographically)..?

are you hoping to become an owner Ahmed..?
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post 22nd August 2017 02:05
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post 22nd December 2017 19:46
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Well after 6 months. it's finally out of the garage. Most of the work I did was underneath to sort out the rust. Also needed a good cut and polish to get the most of the scratches off. Replaced the scruffy interior seats with a nice leather set
Things left to do include
aircon fix (pulley not engaging, but switch light on)
replace coolant tank (see my other post today!)
change engine and gearbox oil
cambelt change (changed 10k and 5yrs ago so probably should)
replace broken drivers door stay strap
fix wobbly headlight lenses (strangely not mentioned on any previous MOTs)
Figure out intermittent scraping sound at idle (possible transmission/clutch related or maybe just because it's been standing for a while).
MOT due Jan, but might wait until spring. Can't wait to actually use it.

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post 23rd December 2017 21:48
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post 15th March 2018 21:58
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Well I'm over the moon! The car passed it's MOT with no advisories yesterday. Nearly thought I wouldn't make it as the engine cut out whilst I was warming it up before taking it to the MOT place. Sounds like the crankshaft sensor/hot idle problem. Was a bit nervous about it cutting out at lights on the way there, but it behaved itself. Hope to get it taxed next month and have the cambelt changed - only 10k miles since the last one, but that was 5yrs ago so don't want to risk a snap.
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post 16th March 2018 09:09
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Well done, Vroom!

another one saved;

hope to see it on the road this year...
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post 17th March 2018 20:52
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Good stuff. 10k doesn't sound a lot. Check cambelt condition. Only thing is when you a cambelt change you might as well replace the water pump, tensioner, balance belt and tensioner. This is when it gets expensive. My Gates belt was on 50k or more before I replaced it. It looked ok. I don't know how many miles it had on it before I brought the car but if you add 10k to the 50 that's pretty decent. Brought a Dayco belt but on reflection I should have got a gates. Gates belt was the one I replaced.


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post 17th March 2018 23:09
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Good stuff. 10k doesn't sound a lot. Check cambelt condition. Only thing is when you a cambelt change you might as well replace the water pump, tensioner, balance belt and tensioner. This is when it gets expensive. My Gates belt was on 50k or more before I replaced it. It looked ok. I don't know how many miles it had on it before I brought the car but if you add 10k to the 50 that's pretty decent. Brought a Dayco belt but on reflection I should have got a gates. Gates belt was the one I replaced.


What age did you replace it at? There seems to be a lot of debate on various forums about age vs mileage. Is it easy to get the cover off to inspect? The last change (in fact all) have been done by main dealers so hopefully it's a good quality belt that's on.
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Changed the crankshaft sensor at the weekend. 2nd most awkward job I've had to do on the car (the 1st being the door check strap). Had to squeeze my arm through a small gap in the front subframe whilst lying underneath the engine, squinting through an adjacent gap tp see the bolt holding the sensor, Whilst doing this my eye kept changing focus to the subframe that was an inch away from my face rather than the bolt!. Could only reach with the small end of an allen key with the tips of my fingers. Had to slip a piece of copper pipe over the long end of the allen key the to apply more leverage to undo the bolt. I could only manage to get 2 out of the 3 cable clips open and had to give up on the middle one as I couldn't see it at all. I did read on here that it was possible to change from above, but I can't see how as it sits below the starter motor. and can't be seen. Never mind - I'm glad it's now done despite the strained neck and bruised arms.
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post 30th March 2018 09:15
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What age did you replace it at? There seems to be a lot of debate on various forums about age vs mileage. Is it easy to get the cover off to inspect? The last change (in fact all) have been done by main dealers so hopefully it's a good quality belt that's on.


I brought my 145 in Dec 2006 and it had 80k on the clock. When I took it off the road in April 2014 it had 141k. So mine lasted 7 and a half years. Both belts looked fine. They were Gates belts.

It is a bitch getting the cam cover off and even worse getting it back on. It is easier to if you take the coolant expansion tank off first.

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Changed the crankshaft sensor at the weekend. 2nd most awkward job I've had to do on the car (the 1st being the door check strap). Had to squeeze my arm through a small gap in the front subframe whilst lying underneath the engine, squinting through an adjacent gap tp see the bolt holding the sensor, Whilst doing this my eye kept changing focus to the subframe that was an inch away from my face rather than the bolt!. Could only reach with the small end of an allen key with the tips of my fingers. Had to slip a piece of copper pipe over the long end of the allen key the to apply more leverage to undo the bolt. I could only manage to get 2 out of the 3 cable clips open and had to give up on the middle one as I couldn't see it at all. I did read on here that it was possible to change from above, but I can't see how as it sits below the starter motor. and can't be seen. Never mind - I'm glad it's now done despite the strained neck and bruised arms.


It's even worse on a 147. At least you've done it and have piece if mind now. I was forced to do it on my 147 as it kept cutting out the engine every time it became hot.


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post 30th March 2018 20:32
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I brought my 145 in Dec 2006 and it had 80k on the clock. When I took it off the road in April 2014 it had 141k. So mine lasted 7 and a half years. Both belts looked fine. They were Gates belts.

It is a bitch getting the cam cover off and even worse getting it back on. It is easier to if you take the coolant expansion tank off first.
It's even worse on a 147. At least you've done it and have piece if mind now. I was forced to do it on my 147 as it kept cutting out the engine every time it became hot.


Well for piece of mind I'll get the belts changed. Be interesting to see the condition, but I suspect it'll be fine after which point I'll run the new ones for a longer time. Last change was done by a main dealer (last owner took it to the dealer for everything ohmy.gif ) so will have genuine Alfa belts etc. , although maybe gates are actually better.
Yeah the 145 was cutting out as well, so thought I'd better change it before I start driving it. Now waiting for April so I can tax it.
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