Ownership Verified: Meet Filippo aka The Red Panther - My 2008 Alfa Romeo 159

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This is what I bought about three years ago, when my previous car decided that having a functioning fifth gear wasn't necessary (among other things).
It's a 2008 Alfa Romeo 159 saloon, powered by the last installment of fiat's 2.4 I5 turbo diesel engine, that produces 209 hp and 400 Nm of torque.
It's in Ruby Red Metallic, with black leather interior, and 17 inch wheels (more than enough for our roads 😅).
I bought it with 176k km, drove about 80k km so far, and enjoyed every single one of them. It's lively, even if on the heavy side, and it's not afraid of being thrown into corners fast.


This photo was taken on my first night of ownership, after a 300 km trip from Venice, back home.


The first upgrade I did, was to buy a set of used original Alfa Romeo wheels, to use with summer tyres.


I then decided that I didn't like the gray calipers, and painted them red.


Next up, I had to refurbish the summer wheels, and paint them black at the same time. They look really good, but at very close inspection, you can see they're not made by a pro.

Some artsy shots... In a mall car park! 😂



Here we can see the optional extras Peeling Paint and Water Yellowed Fog Lights, that makes you stand out from all the other boring manufacturers :-D Pfft, who wants a clear coat that lasts as long as the car anyway?!
Both are going to be fixed soon, when the car will receive a complete respray, courtesy of some gentlemen who didn't like its lack of scratches :censored: Luckily insurance will cover it, so all should be good!


Casual encounters...


Latest upgrade: EBC Slotted and Dimpled rotors, and RedStuff pads.


Random engine bay shot.

So far, the only things that needed repair are the power steering pump, and the ac compressor. Other than that it's just been maintenance.
Right now, the DPF/EGR/swirl need to be... fixed... and the front left is quite out of camber, so I need to find a way to fix that as well.

That's it for now. Sorry for the lack of a proof pic, that will come later today, when I'll be tackling the non working boot light... That'll be fun!

---Update---

Proof pic!
 
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Nice! Love the colour. Don't see it often enough
 

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Nice! Love the colour. Don't see it often enough
Thank you! Indeed it's quite rare around here too. I've only seen another one like mine around my city, and it's not even on italian plates!
Indeed! I’d hate that color on most cars, but on this it just works 👍
Thanks! :)
I'll be tackling the non working boot light... That'll be fun!
As I suspected it's not just a blown bulb, there's something wrong with the latch, so I'll have to take some of the bootlid trim apart.
 

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An actual Italian, driving an Alfa.. we haven't had that on the Forums in a long time I think :D. Nice color, I have to agree. Good luck with the reliability ;)

Also, need to page @gt1750 :p
And it gets even more italian: both my father and my mother own Alfas as well!😂 Thanks for the color, had to go 300 km north to find one, but I think it was worth it!:)
Reliability is typical Alfa: the engine is bulletproof, 255k km and not a single problem! It's the little things that fail the Alfa way, like the parking sensors that work only when it's warm outside, or the bootlid latch that doesn't tell the computer when it opens, or the power steering pump that dies splattering fluid all over the engine bay (ok, that's not so "little")... Never a dull moment owning an Alfa! 😅
 

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Oh, a what a nice 159! They're good cars, I used to own a Sportwagon 1750 Tbi for 4 years, of which the first 3 were completely trouble-free. Then some parts of the cooling system started causing trouble as they developed some cracks and needed replacing. I also used to have a 156 with the 2.4JTDm 20v, so I know how characterful those I5 diesels are :)
 

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Oh, a what a nice 159! They're good cars, I used to own a Sportwagon 1750 Tbi for 4 years, of which the first 3 were completely trouble-free. Then some parts of the cooling system started causing trouble as they developed some cracks and needed replacing. I also used to have a 156 with the 2.4JTDm 20v, so I know how characterful those I5 diesels are :)
Thank you! :) Mine was also leaking coolant, but luckily it was just a cracked reservoir. I was also considering a 1750 Tbi, but at the time it was out of budget for me. Drove one though, was really fun!
I heard the 2.4 on 156s was even better.
 
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