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1 hour ago, EddieRUKidding said:

So is it an Alfa engine and can you believe the Alfa Forum?:D

No way. Pesky Alfa owners you can't trust'em. I would never communicate with one again... :D

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The Alfa went in for it's MOT yesterday. And it failed on the rear trailing arm on the suspension. However, I've got the specialist to change the other as that will probably need changing further down the line. And when they tried to take it off the inspection ramp the engine wouldn't turn over. It's either a duff battery - or more likely - a gunked up starter motor. Hopefully it'll be ready later today, with a bill of around £300 in total.

The courtesy car they've given me is a Alfa Mito. It's a 1.4 TB so one of the faster versions with twin exhausts. Does it deserve the bad press? Oh yes. It is basically a FIAT Punto in a different frock. And like it's cousin the ride quality is orrible. My back feels like it's been kicked by a wild stallion. The interior quality is rubbish and on the door trim it bulges out, so everytime I turn the steering wheel I crack my right elbow. The steering feels vague and it doesn't handle the bends very well.

The only saving grace is the DNA (Driver - normal and arse mode.) When you put it into Dynamic mode the throttle and steering sharpen up which at least takes your mind off the fact your testies feel like they been thrusted into your stomach.

In one review they say that perhaps only die-hard Alfa fans could love the Mito. I can tell them now, this die-hard can't wait to say Addio to the strange little pile of rubbish.

Hopefully my proper Alfa will be ready sometime today. Meantime I'm off to find a good physiotherapist.

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Update.

The car will be ready tomorrow. New rear suspension, replacement starter motor and two new rear tyres + MOT = nearly £500.

At least i can give the bowel-bashing piece of junk back to him.

I've smeared a load of Tiger balm around my back... great fly killer. It stinks.

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37 minutes ago, plasticpenguin said:

Update.

The car will be ready tomorrow. New rear suspension, replacement starter motor and two new rear tyres + MOT = nearly £500.

At least i can give the bowel-bashing piece of junk back to him.

I've smeared a load of Tiger balm around my back... great fly killer. It stinks.

Back when I had my Alfasud, the Alfa dealer was also a Skoda dealer - this was before the tie up between VW and Skoda and their cars were dire. I was given one as a loaner while the Sud was in for repairs and it was a terrifying experience - the relationship between the wheels, steering, and suspension seemed anecdotal at best, and the gear lever was so flimsy I was convinced it would come of in my hand. I have never been more pleased to hand a car back.

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2 hours ago, Tony_J said:

Back when I had my Alfasud, the Alfa dealer was also a Skoda dealer - this was before the tie up between VW and Skoda and their cars were dire. I was given one as a loaner while the Sud was in for repairs and it was a terrifying experience - the relationship between the wheels, steering, and suspension seemed anecdotal at best, and the gear lever was so flimsy I was convinced it would come of in my hand. I have never been more pleased to hand a car back.

Don't really know what Alfa were thinking when they came up with Mito: It suffers from dreadful identity crisis. By the proportions it's their version of a mini car for easy parking, yet they give it rock hard suspension to try and make it sporty. IME the two don't go together.

They should have based it more on the Sud or the 147. The latter was a pig when it came to reliability but had a lovely interior. Likewise with the Sud. If they made the Mito with a Sud-like interior, minus the rust it would be a winner.

The 156 is the best compromise: It doesn't have the severe rust issues, and the 1.8 and 2.0 litre are the best for performance mixed with economy.And it's a really nice place to sit. Has more refinement and it's tactile. All the qualities the Mito lacks.

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\o/ My car is ready. At last I can take steaming pile of rubbish back.

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