You are on page 1of 272

Dear Client,

Thank you for choosing Alfa Romeo.


Your Alfa 166 has been designed to guarantee the safety, comfort and driving pleasure typical of Alfa
Romeo.
This booklet will help you to get to know the characteristics and operation of your vehicle.
The following pages contain all the indications necessary for you to be able to maintain the high standards of
performance, quality, safety and respect for the environment which characterise this Alfa 166.
The Warranty Booklet also contains the regulations, the warranty certificate and a guide to the services offered by
Alfa Romeo.
Services which are essential and precious because, when you purchase an Alfa Romeo you are not only acquiring
a car, but the tranquillity that comes from knowing that an efficient, willing and widespread organization is at y-
our service for any assistance problems you may have.
Have a good trip.

1
Any queries concerning servicing should be forwarded to the showroom from which the vehicle was purchased,
the subsidiary company or to our branch offices or associated companies.

WARRANTY BOOKLET
The Warranty Booklet is delivered together with every new vehicle and contains the regulations tied to the services
given by Alfa Romeo Services and to the warranty conditions.
Correctly carrying out the scheduled services specified by the manufacturer is the best way to maintain the per-
formance, safety characteristics and low running costs of your vehicle. It is also necessary to maintain warranty
cover.

“Service” guide
This contains the Alfa Romeo Authorized Services. The services can be recognized by the presence of the Alfa
Romeo badge and logo.
The Alfa Romeo organization in Italy can be found in the telephone book under the letter “A” Alfa Romeo.

Not all the models described in this booklet are available in all countries. Only some of the fittings described in this booklet are
fitted as standard to the vehicle. The list of available accessories should be requested from Alfa Romeo Dealers.

2
VERY IMPORTANT!
FUEL CAPACITY
Petrol engines: only use unleaded petrol with no less than 95 R.O.N.

K Diesel engines: only refuel with diesel fuel conforming to the European specification EN590. The use of other products
or mixtures may irreparably damage the engine with invalidation of the warranty due to the damage caused.

STARTING THE ENGINE


Petrol engines: engage the handbrake; set the gearshift lever to neutral; fully depress the clutch without pressing the accel-
erator, then turn the ignition key to AVV and release it as soon as the engine has started.
JTD engines: engage the handbrake; set the gearshift lever to neutral; fully depress the clutch without pressing the ac-
celerator; turn the ignition key to MAR and wait for the m warning light to go off, then turn the ignition key to AVV
and release it as soon as the engine has started.

PARKING ON FLAMMABLE MATERIAL


While working, the catalyst develops a very high temperature. Do not park the car over grass, dry leaves, pine needles or

 any other inflammable materials: risk of fire.

3
RESPECTING THE ENVIRONMENT
The vehicle is fitted with a system that allows continuous diagnosis of the components correlated with emissions to ensure
better respect for the environment.

ACCESSORY ELECTRICAL DEVICES


If after purchasing the car you wish to install accessories that need an electrical supply (with the risk of gradually draining

쇵 the battery), contact Alfa Romeo Authorised Services who will assess the overall electrical absorption and check whether the
car system is able to withstand the load required.

CODE CARD
Keep it in a safe place, not in the car. It is advisable to always keep the electronic code on the CODE card with you in case
emergency starting is necessary.

SCHEDULED SERVICING
Correct maintenance makes it possible to preserve vehicle peformance levels and safety, respect for the environment and
low running costs unaltered over the course of time.

THE OWNER HANDBOOK...


…you will find important information, advice and warnings for correct use, driving safety and vehicle maintenance over
time. Pay particular attention to the symbols " (personal safety) # (protecting the environment) â (vehicle safety).

4
THE SYMBOLS USED IN THIS BOOKLET

The symbols illustrated in these pages show the subjects which should,
in particular, be closely studied.

PERSONAL PROTECTING VEHICLE


SAFETY THE ENVIRONMENT SAFETY

Warning: partially or fully ignoring This indicates the correct procedures to be Warning: partially or fully ignoring these
these rules may lead to serious injury. followed to prevent the vehicle from dam- rules may lead to serious damage being
aging the environment. caused to the vehicle which, in some cir-
cumstances, may cause forfeiture of the
warranty cover.

5
SYMBOLS DANGER SYMBOLS

Special coloured labels have been attached near to or actually


on some of the components making up your Alfa 166. Battery
These labels bear symbols that remind you of the precautions to Corrosive fluid.
be taken as regards that particular component.
A list of the symbols to be found on your Alfa 166 is
given below, with the name of the component to which it relates
at the side of it.
Battery
These symbols are divided into the following four categories: Explosion.
danger, prohibition, warning and obligation.

Fan
May cut in automatically when the engine is off.

Expansion tank
Do not remove the cap when the coolant is boil-
ing.

Coil
High voltage.

6
Belts and pulleys
Moving parts; keep limbs and clothing away. Heat shields - belts - pulleys - fan
Do not touch.

RBAG
AI

Climate control tubing Passenger’s Air bag


Do not open. Do not install a child’s seat on the front passen-
Gas under high pressure. ger’s seat with operational air bag.

WARNING SYMBOLS
Jack
See the owner Handbook. Catalytic converter
Do not park over inflammable materials. See para-
graph “Protecting emission reducing devices”.
PROHIBITION SYMBOLS

Power steering
Do not exceed the maximum fluid level in the
Battery reservoir. Use only the recommended fluid; see
Keep away from naked flames. table “Specifications of fluids and lubricants”.

Brake circuit
Do not exceed the maximum fluid level in the
Battery reservoir. Use only the recommended fluid; see
Keep away from children. table “Specifications of fluids and lubricants”.

7
OBLIGATION SYMBOLS
Windscreen wiper
Use only the recommended fluid; see table
“Specifications of fluids and lubricants”.
Battery
Protect your eyes.

Engine
Use only the recommended lubricant; see table
“Specifications of fluids and lubricants”.
Battery - Jack
See the Owner Handbook.

Unleaded petrol vehicle


Use only unleaded petrol with RON 95.

Diesel vehicle
DIESEL Use only diesel fuel.

Expansion tank
Use only the recommended fluid; see table “Speci-
fications of fluids and lubricants”.

8
CONTENTS

GETTING TO KNOW YOUR CAR

GETTING THE BEST OUT OF YOUR CAR

IN AN EMERGENCY

CAR MAINTENANCE

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

RIGHT HAND DRIVE VERSION

INDEX

9
The text, illustrations and specifications given herein are based on
the vehicle at the date of going to press.
In our ongoing striving to improve our products, Alfa Romeo may
introduce technical changes during production, therefore the spec-
ifications and equipment on board may be altered without prior
notice. Contact the factory sales network for detailed information.

10
GETTING TO KNOW YOUR CAR
Sit comfortably in your vehicle and carefully read through the fol- STR (SPORT THROTTLE RESPONSE) SYSTEM ................................................. 63
lowing pages. CONSTANT SPEED REGULATOR (CRUISE CONTROL)................................... 64
You will immediately recognize the parts described and rapidly get PARKING SENSORS ............................................................................................... 67
to know the controls and devices fitted to your vehicle. INSTRUMENT PANEL ............................................................................................. 68
CLIMATE CONTROL ................................................................................................ 80
CLIMATE CONTROL UNIT ..................................................................................... 83
DASHBOARD................................................................................................ page 12 ADDITIONAL HEATER ............................................................................................ 91
ALFA ROMEO I.C.S. SYSTEM: CONTROLS ON STEERING WHEEL . .......... 14 CONTROLS ................................................................................................................ 93
THE ALFA ROMEO CODE SYSTEM...................................................................... 16 INTERNAL FITTINGS .............................................................................................. 96
ELECTRONIC ALARM.............................................................................................. 22 SUNROOF ................................................................................................................. 103
REMOTE CONTROL DOOR LOCKING SYSTEM................................................ 26 LUGGAGE COMPARTMENT .................................................................................. 105
IGNITION DEVICE ................................................................................................... 26 BONNET .................................................................................................................... 109
DOORS....................................................................................................................... 28 HEADLIGHTS............................................................................................................ 110
SEATS ......................................................................................................................... 31 EOBD SYSTEM ........................................................................................................ 113
STEERING WHEEL ADJUSTMENT ....................................................................... 36 ABS ............................................................................................................................. 114
ADJUSTING THE REAR-VIEW MIRRORS .......................................................... 36 VDC AND ASR SYSTEMS ....................................................................................... 117
POWER WINDOWS ................................................................................................ 38 SOUND SYSTEM ...................................................................................................... 122
SEAT BELTS ............................................................................................................... 40 REFUELLING ............................................................................................................ 124
CARRYING CHILDREN SAFELY ............................................................................ 45 FUEL CUT-OFF SWITCH ........................................................................................ 127
FRONT AND SIDE AIR BAGS ............................................................................... 50 ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ......................................................................... 129
LIGHT SWITCHES & STEERING WHEEL LEVERS ............................................ 57

11
DASHBOARD

A0D0002m
fig. 1

12
1 Air ducts for side window outlets. 15 Cigar lighter. 28 Outside lights switch.
2 Side air vents. 16 Alfa Romeo I.C.S. (INTEGRATED 29 Bonnet opening lever.
CONTROL SYSTEM): RDS radio,
3 Light switch lever (high beam, flash- 30 Front floor air outlets.
computer on board (TRIP), climate
ing, direction indicators and controls
control, clock and outside/inside
for Cruise Control (automatically
temperature, GSM phone and
keeping a set speed) (if present).
navigation system (if present).
4 Instrument cluster.
17 Buttons for central locking, fuel flap
5 Outlets for windscreen. opening, switching off the ASR
function of the VDC system switching
6 Upper outlet. on the STR system (if present).
7 Oddments compartment. 18 Rear fog guard switch.
8 Centre air vents. 19 Front fog light switch.
9 Passenger’s air bag. 20 Hazard warning light switch.
10 Manual passenger’s side Air bag 21 Inside temperature sensor.
deactivation switch.
22 Windscreen wiper/washer control
11 Glove box. lever and rain sensor (if present).
12 Boot opening button (in glove box). 23 Ignition switch (ignition device).
13 Button for rearscreen defrosting, 24 Driver’s air bag and horn.
door mirrors and resistances at base
of windscreen (if present). 25 Lever for releasing/locking adjustable
steering wheel.
14 Button for windscreen/front side
windows and door mirrors 26 Instrument lighting adjustment.
defrosting, rearscreen heating,
27 Headlamp aiming device control
resistances at base of windscreen (if
(except versions with gas discharge
present).
headlights).

13
ALFA ROMEO I.C.S. A - Mute button Mute key (A)
SYSTEM B - Volume highering button To turn the Mute function on, briefly
press button (A): the volume will lower
C - Volume lowering button
CONTROLS ON STEERING gradually.
WHEEL (fig. 2) D - Multifunction key:
To turn the Mute function off, briefly
(on request for versions/markets – Radio: call preset stations (1 to 6) press button (A) again. The volume will
where applicable) higher gradually returning to the previous-
– CD player: select next track ly set value.
The main audio functions (AUDIO) of E - Multifunction key:
the Alfa Romeo I.C.S. system are repeat- The Mute function is also turned off
ed on the steering wheel, which facili- – Radio: call preset stations (6 to 1) pressing one of the volume adjustment
tates control. keys (B) or (C): in this event volume is
– CD player: select previous track directly changed.
F - Radio frequency range select button When the Mute function is on, all the
(FM-A, FM-B, FM-AS, MW, LW) and avail- other functions can be used and if traffic
able audio sources (Radio – Cassette information is received the message ig-
player –CD player). nores the Mute function.
A0D0004m

fig. 2

14
Volume adjustment keys (B) and Multifunction keys (D) and (E) Frequency range and audio
(C) source select key (F)
Multifunction keys (D) and (E) shall be
Press (B) to increase volume and (C) To cyclically select the frequency ranges
used for tuning preset radio stations, for
to lower it. and audio sources, briefly and repeatedly
backward rewinding and for selecting
press key (F).
Pressing briefly the key volume change next/previous CD track.
is gradual by steps. Pressing it longer vol- The frequencies/sources available are:
ume change is faster. Press (D) to select stations from 1 to 6, FM-A, FM-B, FM-AS, MW, LW, CC*,
or to play next CD track. CD**.
If volume is changed during a traffic bul-
letin, the new value is kept only for the (*) Only if the cassette is inserted.
bulletin in progress. Press (E) to select stations from 6 to 1,
to play previous CD track. (**) Only if a CD is inserted.

15
THE ALFA ROMEO THE KEYS The key operates:
– the ignition
CODE SYSTEM The car is provided with the key (A-
fig. 4) with metal insert with power-as- – door locks
sisted opening, remote control for opening – boot lock
To increase protection against attempted the boot and remote control for unlock-
theft, the car is fitted with an electronic – glovebox lock
ing/locking the doors and electronic alarm
engine lock system (Alfa Romeo CODE) (where applicable). – remote door locking/unlocking sys-
certified in accordance with EC Directive tem
95/56 which is activated automatically – alarm system (optional for versions/
when the key is removed from the igni- markets where applicable)
tion.
– deactivation of the passenger’s Air
In fact the grip of each key contains an bag.
electronic device which modulates the ra-
dio frequency signal transmitted when the IMPORTANT In order to ensure the
engine is started by a special aerial incor- perfect efficiency of the electronic devices
porated in the ignition switch. contained inside the key, avoid exposing
it to direct sunlight.
This modulated signal is the “password”
by which the control unit recognises the
key and only in this condition can the en-
gine be started.

1035PGSm
A0D0143m
fig. 4 fig. 5

16
The CODE card (fig. 5), provided with KEY WITH RADIO The metallic insert (A) of the key oper-
the key, bears the key codes (both me- FREQUENCY TRANSMITTER ates:
chanical and electronic code for emer- WITH RE-CLOSABLE METALLIC – the ignition
gency starting). INSERT WITH POWER- – front door locks
The code numbers on the CODE card ASSISTED OPENING (fig. 6)
– boot lock
must be kept in a safe place, not in the
The key is fitted with: – glove box lock
car.
– a metallic insert (A) that can be re- – passenger’s Air bag deactivation
The driver should always keep the elec-
closed in the key grip switch.
tronic code given on the CODE card with
him in the event of having to carry out – button (B) for power-assisted open- To move the metallic insert out of the
emergency starting. ing of the metallic insert key grip, press button (B).
– button (C) for remote opening/clos-
ing of the doors and turning the electronic
alarm on/off (where fitted)
If the car changes own- – led (D) (where required) that signals
ership the new owner the sending of the code to the electronic
must be given all the alarm system receiver
keys and the CODE card. – button (E) for remote boot opening.

fig. 6 1001PGSm

17
WARNING To insert the metallic insert in the key Opening the boot
grip, keep button (B-fig. 6) pressed
When button (B) is pres- The boot can be opened by remote
and turn the insert on the direction of the
sed, take the utmost care control from outside pressing button (E-
arrow until it clicks into place, then re-
to prevent the metal insert from fig. 6), also when the electronic alarm
lease the button (B).
causing injury or damage when it (where fitted) is on.
comes out. Button (B) must only be To open/close the doors by remote con-
In this case the alarm disengages the
pressed when the key is away trol, press button (C). On cars fitted with
boot control sensor, the system (with the
from the body, in particular the electronic alarm system, pressing button
exception of versions for certain markets)
eyes, and from objects that could (C) also turns the electronic alarm on/off
sounds two beeps and the direction indi-
be spoilt (e.g. clothes). and the led (D) (where required) flashes
cators light up for about three seconds.
Never leave the key unattended to while the transmitter sends the code to
prevent anyone, especially chil- the receiver. This rolling code changes at When the boot is closed again the con-
dren, from holding it and pressing each transmission. trol function is restored, the system (with
button (B) inadvertently. the exception of versions for certain mar-
IMPORTANT If led (D) (where re- kets) sounds two beeps and the direction
quired) flashes only once briefly when indicators light up for about three sec-
button (C) is pressed, the battery need onds.
changing as described below.

18
KEY BATTERY CHANGE For further information contact Autho- Each time the engine is started, turning
rised Alfa Romeo Services. the key to the MAR position, the control
If pressing the remote control buttons
unit of the Alfa Romeo CODE system
(A or B-fig. 7), the led (C-fig. 7)
sends a recognition code to the engine
(where required) gives only one brief Dead batteries consti- control unit to deactivate the inhibition of
flash and the alarm system led (where tute a hazard for the the functions.
fitted) (A-fig. 8) on the dashboard s- environment and must
tays on glowing steadily for about 2 min- be disposed of in the special con- The recognition code, which is crypted
utes (after turning off the alarm and with tainers as specified by the rela- and variable between over 4 billion com-
the ignition switch off), it is necessary to tive laws. binations, is only sent if the system con-
replace the battery with a new one of the trol unit has recognised the code sent to
equivalent type to be found c/o normal it by the key, which contains an electronic
retailers. OPERATION transmitter, through an aerial in the igni-
tion switch.
To replace the battery, remove the plas- Each time the ignition key is turned to
tic lid (A-fig. 9), insert the new battery the STOP position, the Alfa Romeo
according to the correct polarity and put CODE system deactivates the functions of
the lid back on. the engine electronic control unit.
1011PGSm

1034PGSm
fig. 7 fig. 8 305PGSm fig. 9

19
This condition is indicated by a brief IMPORTANT Every electronic key has to STOP; then turn the key back to
flash of the warning light ¢ (A-fig. its own code, which must be memorised MAR: the warning lamp will light up and
10) on the check panel. by the system control unit. To memorise should go out in the space of about one
new keys, up to a maximum of seven, second. If the warning lamp fails to go
If the code has not been recognised cor-
apply solely to Alfa Romeo Authorized out, leave the key at STOP for more than
rectly, the Alfa Romeo CODE system
Services taking with you all the keys in 30 seconds and repeat the procedure de-
warning light ¢ (A-fig. 10) stays on
your possession, the CODE card, a person- scribed previously. If the problem persists,
together with the EOBD/fuel supply-igni-
al identity document and the car’s posses- contact your Authorised Alfa Romeo Dealer.
tion system failure warning light (B-fig.
sion documents.
10) U . 2) If the warning lamp flashes it means
that the car is not protected by the immo-
In this case, you are recommended to re-
biliser. Contact your Authorized Alfa
turn the key to the STOP position and
Romeo Code Dealer immediately and get
than back to MAR; if the inhibition per-
The codes of the keys them to store the codes of all the keys in
sists, try again possibly with the other key
not provided during the the memory.
provided with the car. If it is still impossible
new memorising proce-
to start the car, carry out the emergency
dure are erased from the memo-
starting procedure described herein and If after about 2 seconds
ry. This is to ensure that any lost
turn to an Alfa Romeo Authorized Service. with the key in the
or stolen keys can no longer be
used to start the car. MAR position, the Alfa
Romeo CODE warning light turns
on again flashing at appr. half
second intervals, this means that
IMPORTANT The Alfa Romeo CODE
A0D0091m

the code of the keys has not


warning light comes on when travelling been memorised, thus the car is
with the ignition key on MAR: not protected by the Alfa Romeo
1) If the warning lamp lights up while CODE system against attempted
the car is moving, it means that the sys- theft. In this case, contact an Au-
tem is running a self-diagnosis (e.g. due to thorized Alfa Romeo Service to
a voltage drop). The first time you stop y- have the key codes memorised.
ou can test the system as follows: switch
the engine off by turning the ignition key
fig. 10

20
IMPORTANT In the case of fast start- If a mistake is made during the emer- 6) Repeat this procedure in the same
ing, turning the key directly from STOP gency procedure, the ignition key should way for the other digits on the CODE card
to AVV, the recognition code might not be turned to the STOP position and the code.
be transmitted completely, preventing the operations must be repeated from the s-
7) After entering the last figure, keep
engine from starting: try again more tart (point 1).
the accelerator pedal pressed. The warn-
slowly.
1) Read the 5-figure electronic code on ing light U turns on (for four seconds)
the CODE card. and then goes off; now release the accel-
IMPORTANT The system is protected
2) Turn the ignition key to the MAR erator pedal.
by two fuses housed in the main fusebox
(see “If a fuse or relay blows” in the position. 8) A quick flash of the warning light
chapter “In an emergency”). 3) Fully depress the accelerator pedal U (for appr. 4 seconds) confirms that
and keep it pressed. The EOBD/fuel sup- the operation has taken place correctly.
ply-ignition system failure warning light 9) Start the car turning the ignition key
U will come on for eight seconds ap- from the MAR position to the AVV po-
proximately and will then go out; now re- sition without returning the key to the
lease the accelerator pedal. STOP position.
4) The warning light U begins to Conversely, if the warning light U
EMERGENCY STARTING flash: after it has flashed for the same stays on, turn the ignition key to STOP
If it is not possible to deactivate the en- number of times as the first digit on the and repeat the procedure starting from
gine inhibitor with the ignition key, Alfa code of the card, press completely and point 1).
Romeo Authorized Services can carry out hold down the accelerator pedal until the
the emergency procedures using the code warning light U comes on (for 4 sec- IMPORTANT After emergency start-
of the CODE card, or, you may do this onds) and then goes out again; now re- ing it is advisable to turn to an Alfa
yourself, following the procedure de- lease the accelerator pedal. Romeo Authorized Service, because the
scribed below. 5) The warning light U will begin to procedure described must be repeated
flash: after it has flashed for the same each time the engine is started.
IMPORTANT You are advised to care- number of times as the second digit on
fully read the entire procedure before car- the code of the CODE card, press com-
rying it out. pletely and hold down the accelerator
pedal.

21
ELECTRONIC ALARM REMOTE CONTROL (fig. 11) Request for additional remote
(optional for versions/markets where controls
The remote control is incorporated in the
applicable) key and it is fitted with a button (A) and The receiver can recognise up to 5 re-
a led (B); the button activates the con- mote controls.
trol, the led flashes while the transmitter
DESCRIPTION If during the life of the car a new re-
sends the code to the receiver. This code
mote control is needed for any reason
The system certified in accordance with (rolling code) changes at each transmis-
whatsoever, contact Alfa Romeo Autho-
EC Directive 95/56 comprises: transmit- sion.
rized services directly, taking with you the
ter , receiver, control unit with siren and CODE card, a personal identity document
volumetric sensors. The electronic alarm IMPORTANT If, when pressing the
and the car’s possession documents.
is controlled by the receiver and it is push-button (A), the led (B) issues just a
turned on and off through the remote short flash, replace the batteries as
control incorporated in the key which shown in the previous paragraph.
sends the crypted, variable code. The
electronic alarm monitors: unlawful open-
ing of the doors, bonnet and boot
(perimetral protection), operation of the
ignition key, battery and emergency key
cable cutting, the presence of moving
bodies in the passenger compartment
(volumetric protection) and operates the
central door locking system. Is also

1013PGSm
makes it possible to cut off volumetric
protection and/or the siren.

IMPORTANT The engine inhibitor


function is guaranteed by the Alfa Romeo
CODE system which is activated automati-
cally when the ignition key is removed
from the lock.
fig. 11

22
ACTIVATING THE ALARM Surveillance DEACTIVATING THE ALARM
When the doors and boot/bonnet lids When the system has been turned on, To deactivate the alarm press the button
are closed and the ignition key is in the the led (A-fig. 12) on the dashboard on the remote control. The system per-
STOP position (key removed), point the will flash to indicate that the system is in forms the following (with the exception
remote control towards the car and press the surveillance mode. of some markets):
the button on the ignition key. – the direction indicators turn on twice
The led (A) inside the car flashes
With the exception of some markets the throughout the whole time the vehicle is briefly
system sounds a “BEEP”, the hazard under surveillance. – two beeps are sounded briefly by the
warning lights turn on for appr. three sec- siren
onds and the door lock is engaged. IMPORTANT Operation of the elec-
– the doors are released.
tronic alarm is adapted at the origin to
Engagement of the alarm is preceded the regulations of the different countries.
by a self-diagnosis characterised by a IMPORTANT If the led in the car s-
change in the frequency at which the led Self-diagnosis and monitoring of tays on when the system has been deac-
(A-fig. 12) flashes. If an anomaly is doors and bonnet/boot tivated, (maximum of 2 minutes or until
detected the system gives off a further the ignition key is moved to MAR) the
“BEEP”. If, after the alarm has been activated, a following should be borne in mind:
second acoustic signal is heard, check – if the led stays on permanently, it
that all the doors and bonnet/boot are means that the remote control batteries
closed properly and engage the system are flat and need replacing;
once again.
– if the led continues to flash, but at
On the other hand, if a door or bon- different intervals than normal, it means
305PGSm

net/boot lid is not correctly closed it will that attempts to steal the car have been
not be controlled by the system. made, counting the number of flashes it
is also possible to identify the type of at-
If the control signal is repeated when
tempt:
the doors and bonnet/boot are closed
properly this means that the self-diagno- 1 flash: right front door
sis function has detected a system operat-
2 flashes: left front door
ing fault, in which case it is necessary
contact Alfa Romeo Authorized Services.
fig. 12

23
3 flashes: right rear door WHEN THE ALARM IS SWITCHING OFF THE ALARM
4 flashes: left rear door TRIGGERED To switch off the alarm, press the re-
When the alarm is engaged it will sound mote control button on the key. If the
5 flashes: volumetric sensors
when: alarm does not turn off due to a flat re-
6 flashes: bonnet mote control battery or system fault,
– One of the doors, the bonnet or the open the door after unlocking with the
7 flashes: boot boot is opened. lock key, then place the key in the igni-
8 flashes: tampering with car starting – The battery is disconnected or the tion switch and turn it to MAR.
cables electric cables are cut, or the emergency To turn on the alarm again, turn the key
9 flashes: tampering with battery cables key cables are cut. to STOP and remove it, then press the
or cutting emergency key cables – Intrusion into the passenger compart- remote control button after leaving the
ment, e.g. window being broken (volu- car and shutting the doors. If the alarm
10 flashes: at least three causes of alarm. does not turn on and the led on the re-
metric protection).
mote control gives only one brief flash
– Attempt to start the engine (key at while the led on the dashboard stays on
MAR). glowing steadily for about 2 minutes, the
Depending on the markets, the trigger- key battery should be replaced by a new
ing of the alarm will activate the siren one of the equivalent type on sale c/o
and the hazard warning lights (for about normal retailers. To change the battery
26 seconds). The methods of operation follow the instructions given at paragraph
and the number of cycles may vary de- “Key battery change” on previous pages.
pending on the versions/markets. How- If it is not possible to switch on the
ever a maximum number of cycles is fore- alarm with a new remote control battery,
seen. Once the alarm cycle has come to contact Alfa Romeo Authorised Services
an end the system will return to its nor- to have the system checked.
mal monitoring state.

24
IMPORTANT If the car is to remain i- VOLUMETRIC PROTECTION CUTTING OUT OPERATION OF
nactive for a prolonged length of time THE SIREN
To guarantee correct operation, all the
(over three weeks) and security condi- (optional for versions/markets where
windows and the sunroof (optional for
tions permitting, it is advisable to operate applicable)
versions/markets where applicable)
central locking turning the key in the door
should be closed. This function can be ex- When requiring to dispense with the
lock to avoid engaging the alarm and
cluded (for example when leaving ani- siren acoustic signalling in the alarm con-
draining the battery.
mals on-board the vehicle) by performing dition, simply keep the remote control
the following operations in quick succes- button (A-fig. 13) pressed for 4 sec-
sion: when the ignition key is at the onds when engaging the system.
MAR position, move the key to the
STOP position and then return the key This condition is shown by a series of 5
to the MAR and then once again to the beeps in quick succession after the nor-
STOP position. Remove the ignition key. mal acoustic/visual signals when the sys-
The led in the vehicle will come on for tem is operated.
about 2 seconds to confirm that the func- The next time the system is activated,
tion has been excluded. normal operation of the siren is restored
To restore volumetric protection move automatically.
the ignition key to the MAR position
and hold it in this position for more than
30 seconds.
If requiring to activate an electric control

1014PGSm
operated by the ignition key at MAR
(e.g. electric windows) with the volumet-
ric protection deactivated, turn the igni-
tion key to MAR, operate the control
and return the key to STOP within a
maximum time of 30 seconds. This way
volumetric protection is not restored.

fig. 13

25
MINISTERIAL REMOTE CONTROL IGNITION DEVICE
HOMOLOGATIONS
DOOR LOCKING
In keeping with the laws in force in
each country on the subject of radio fre- SYSTEM THE SWITCH (fig. 15)
quency, we point out that: The switch has four positions:
– the separate homologation numbers The system comprises a receiver and a – STOP: engine switched off, key can
for each market are given on the last transmitter (remote control) incorporated be removed, engine lock engaged, steer-
pages of this handbook before the alpha- in the key (B-fig. 14). To lock/unlock ing lock engaged, all services excluded a-
betical index (for some countries also ho- the locks, point the transmitter towards part from those powered directly (e.g.
mologation document); the car, press and release the button hazard warning light I.C.S. system (ex-
(C). If, when pressing the remote control cept climate control).
– for markets in which the transmitter push-button (C), the led (A) (where re-
needs to be marked with the homologa- quired) issues just a short flash, replace – ACC: position for using the cigar
tion number, this has been stated on the the batteries as described in the “The Al- lighter and of the I.C.S. system (except
component. fa Romeo CODE system” paragraph. climate control).
(Depending on the versions/markets, IMPORTANT Should it be necessary – MAR: drive position. The engine
the code may also be marked on the to programme additional remote controls, lock is deactivated and all electrical de-
transmitter and/or on the receiver). contact Alfa Romeo Authorized Services. vices are powered.

1015PGSm

1004PGSm
fig. 14 fig. 15

26
IMPORTANT Never leave the key in If the ignition device is WARNING
this position when the engine is station- tampered with (for ex-
ary. It is absolutely forbidden
ample during an at- to carry out whatever af-
– AVV: starting the engine. tempted break-in) have it checked ter-market operation involving
over by Alfa Romeo Authorized steering system or steering column
IMPORTANT If the engine does not Services, before travelling again. modifications (e.g.: installation of
start return the ignition key to the STOP anti-theft Device) that could badly
position and repeat the sequence. affect performance and safety,
The ignition block is fitted with a safety STEERING LOCK cause the lapse of warranty and
device preventing it from being moved to also result in non-compliance of the
the AVV position when the engine is al- Engaging lock: car with homologation require-
ready running. – move the key to the STOP position ments.
and remove the key lightly turning the
steering wheel to facilitate the locking ac-
tion.
WARNING Releasing the lock:
When leaving the vehicle – turn the key to the MAR position
always remove the key and gently rock the steering wheel in
from the ignition to prevent any both directions.
passenger in the car from inadver-
tently activating the controls. WARNING
Never leave children unattended in
a car. Remember to engage the Never remove the key
handbrake and if the vehicle is fac- with the car on the
ing uphill, first gear and if the ve- move. The steering wheel would
hicle is facing downhill, reverse. lock automatically the first time
the steering wheel is turned. This
also occurs if the car is towed.

27
DOORS WARNING IMPORTANT Depending on the ver-
sions/markets the lock for the key may
Before opening a door only be present on the driver’s door.
AUTOMATIC DOOR LOCKING ensure that this can be
The automatic door locking function acti- done safely. – To close the door, turn the key in the
vates automatically when the car speed opposite direction.
exceeds 20 km/h.
Rear doors
This function can be deactivated and re- OPENING/CLOSING FROM
activated by the following procedure, to – To open the door, only with the inner
OUTSIDE knob (A-fig. 17) raised, pull the open-
be carried out with the car at a standstill,
key at STOP and doors closed: Front doors ing handle (B-fig. 18).

- turn the key to MAR – To open the door, turn the key (clock- – To close the door in safety, press the
wise for the driver’s door, counter-clock- button (A-fig. 17) also with the door
- keep button (A-fig. 20) on the cen- wise for the passenger’s door) and then open, then close it.
tral console pressed until completing a full remove the key and pull the handle (A-
centralised door locking cycle (opening fig. 16).
and closing or vice versa).
1005PGS

318PGS

315PGS
fig. 16 fig. 17 fig. 18

28
OPENING/CLOSING outside, press the button (A-fig. 20) CENTRALIZED LOCKING
FROM INSIDE on the centre console or the knob (B-
This permits centralized locking of all
fig. 19).
Front doors doors, both front and rear.
– To open the door pull the handle To operate the centralized locking de-
(A-fig. 19) regardless of the position vice the doors must be perfectly closed
Rear doors (fig. 21)
of knob (B-fig. 19). otherwise the system will not work.
– Pull the door to close; then, to pre- WARNING IMPORTANT If one of the doors is
vent the door from being opened from The rear doors can only not closed properly the led on the relative
be opened if the child “door open” display will come on.

P4C00057
313PGSm
safety lock has been released.
For versions/markets where applicable,
central locking depends on the complete
closing of all the doors and of the boot.
– To open the door pull handle (B).
– From outside: when the doors are
– To close the door press the knob (A) closed, insert and turn the key in the lock
even when the door is open, and then of one of the two front doors.
close it.
IMPORTANT Depending on the ver-
fig. 19 sions/markets the lock for the key may
only be present on the driver’s door.
A0D0006m

fig. 20 fig. 21 314PGSm

29
– From inside: with the doors closed, CHILD SAFETY LOCK (fig. 22) IMPORTANT Do not overlook child
press the button (A-fig. 20) on the safety; the following recommendations
The rear doors are equipped with a spe-
centre console or one of the knobs should be heeded:
cial device which prevents the door being
(B-fig. 19) on the front doors to en-
opened from inside. – Engage the child safety device.
gage (lock) central locking.
The device can be engaged when the – Do not leave a child alone in the vehi-
By pressing the knob (A-fig. 21) on
door is open by acting on the relative con- cle.
one of the rear doors only that particular
trol using the ignition key.
door will be locked. – Follow the current laws regarding
To unlock central locking press the button Position 1 = Device inactive child restraint and safety systems.
again (A-fig. 20). Position 2 = Device engaged.
IMPORTANT For the front doors it is This device should be used when chil-
dren are in the back seat to prevent them WARNING
not possible to keep the knob (B-
fig. 19) down if the door has not been from opening the door whilst the car is After activating the safety
shut properly. moving. device check that it is
working correctly by pulling on the
IMPORTANT If the power supply is inner lever used to open the door.
interrupted (burnt fuse, battery discon-
nected etc.) each door can be opened
manually from both inside and outside
the vehicle.

1006PGSm
IMPORTANT The centralized locking
system can be deactivated, thus unlock-
ing all doors, by lifting the door opening
lever on one of the two front doors.

fig. 22

30
SEATS IMPORTANT Once you have let go Seat inclination power adjustment
of the lever, check that the seat is firmly The adjustment is performed by apply-
locked in the runners by trying to move it ing pressure on the front or back part of
FRONT SEATS back and forth. If the seat is not locked the two-position switch (C-fig. 23).
properly, in the case of collision it might
move unexpectedly with clearly danger- Seat warming (fig. 24)
WARNING ous consequences. (optional for versions/markets where
Adjustments may be applicable)
made solely with the car Adjusting the height of the
stationary. driver’s seat The seat warming pad can be switched
To raise the seat, pull the lever (B- on and off using switch (A) on the outer
fig. 23) taking it upwards, then contin- side of the seat.
Manual adjustment controls ue operating the lever (up and down) un- When the warming pad is on, the led
Moving the seat backwards or til reaching the required height. To lower on the switch turns on.
forwards the seat, push the lever (B) downwards,
then operate the lever (up and down) un-
Lift lever (A-fig. 23) and push the til reaching the height required.
seat backwards or forwards. Upholstery of your car
has been designed to
IMPORTANT Adjustment must only withstand wear deriv-
be carried out when seated in the driver’s ing from common use of the car.
seat. You are however recommended
to avoid strong and/or continu-
674PGSm

672PGSm
ous scratching with clothing ac-
cessories such as metallic buck-
les, studs, Velcro fastenings and
the like, since these items cause
circumscribed stress of the cover
fabric that could lead to yarn
breaking, and damage the cover
as a consequence.
fig. 23 fig. 24

31
Controls for seats with electric Lumbar adjustment of the seat is carried Memorising the driver’s seat
adjstment (on request for versions/ out raising or lowering the control (B- positions (fig. 29)
markets where applicable) fig. 25-27), until finding the most
The system makes it possible to memo-
comfortable position.
The position of the seats is adjusted rise and call up three different positions
electrically with the controls (A-fig. 25- Seat heating (fig. 28) of the driver’s seat.
26) and (B-fig. 25-27):
Seat heating is turned on and off using To memorise a seat position, proceed as
A - Multifunction control: the switch (C) on the outer side of the follows:
1 - raising the front of the seat seat.
1) Adjust the position of the driver’s
2 - raising the rear of the seat When seat warming is on the led on the seat with the controls described in the
3 - vertical movement of the seat switch lights up. previous paragraph.
4 - longitudinal movement of the seat. 2) Simultaneously press (for about 1
second) the button (MEM-fig. 29)
B - Multifunction control:
and one of the buttons (1), (2), or (3),
5 - seat back rake adjustment each corresponding to a position that can
6 - lumbar adjustment of the seat. be memorised.
C - Seat heating. 3) Proceed in the same way to memo-
rise the other two positions of the seat.
319PGSm

604PGSm

603PGSm
fig. 25 fig. 26 fig. 27

32
When memorising a new position of the Adjusting the headrests (fig. 30) WARNING
seat the previous one memorised with
Front headrests are adjustable in height Remember that the head
the same button is cleared automatically.
and rake: to adjust the height, move the restraints must be posi-
Keeping the corresponding button (1), headrest up or down, then release it and tioned so that they are supporting
(2), or (3) pressed the positions memo- make sure that it is locked on one of the the back of the head and not the
rised can be called even if the ignition positions provided. To adjust the rake, neck. They will only be able to pro-
key is in the STOP position or removed. turn the headrest forwards to the required vide effective protection in the
position. event of a collision if they are in
IMPORTANT Memorising the posi- this position.
tions of the seat does not include turning
on the heating. IMPORTANT The shape of the head-
rest may vary depending on the version
and/or market. The example shown is
used only to demonstrate the methods by
which it can be adjusted.

A0D0064m
373PGSm

fig. 28 fig. 29 660PGSm fig. 30

33
Rear pockets (fig. 31) Centre armrest (fig. 32-33) There is a compartment inside the arm-
rest: to open, lift the cover (fig. 33).
The front seats are provided with a To raise/lower the armrest, lower it as il-
pocket in the rear of the seat back. lustrated. To lower/raise the armrest keep
the lock button pressed (A-fig. 32).
To use the armrest, lower it as illustrated.

337PGSm

561PGSm

568PGSm
fig. 31 fig. 32 fig. 33

34
REAR SEAT Centre armrest Ski compartment
To use the centre armrest, lower it as il- The compartment may be used for car-
Upholstery of your car lustrated (fig. 34). rying long loads. To gain access to this
has been designed to compartment, lower the armrest and then
withstand wear deriv- lower the lid (A-fig. 35) onto the arm-
ing from common use of the car. rest.
You are however recommended Pull the handle (A-fig. 36) to open
to avoid strong and/or continu- the door from the luggage compartment.
ous scratching with clothing ac-
cessories such as metallic buck- Headrest (fig. 37)

366PGSm
les, studs, Velcro fastenings and The car is fitted with two headrests for
the like, since these items cause the side rear seats.
circumscribed stress of the cover
fabric that could lead to yarn The rear headrests are fixed and inte-
breaking, and damage the cover grated in the seat back.
as a consequence.

fig. 35
365PGSm

671PGSm

371PGSm
fig. 34 fig. 36 fig. 37

35
STEERING WHEEL WARNING ADJUSTING THE
ADJUSTMENT (fig. 38) It is absolutely forbidden REAR-VIEW MIRRORS
to carry out whatever af-
ter-market operation involving
The steering wheel position is adjustable INTERNAL REAR-VIEW
steering system or steering column
and may be moved nearer to or further MIRROR (fig. 39-40)
modifications (e.g.: installation of
away from the driver and also raised or
anti-theft Device) that could badly The mirror, fitted with a safety device
lowered.
affect performance and safety, which releases it in the event of a violent
To do this, it is necessary to release cause the lapse of warranty and impact can be moved to two positions op-
lever (A) pulling it towards the steering also result in non-compliance of the erating lever (A-fig. 39): normal or an-
wheel. After setting the steering wheel in car with homologation require- ti-glare.
the most appropriate position, lock it ments.
pushing the lever forwards fully home. IMPORTANT The configuration of the
mirror may vary depending on the vehicle
WARNING trim level. The figure here is demonstra-
tive only to show how it is adjusted.
The steering wheel posi-
tion must only be ad- For some versions/markets the mirror
justed with the vehicle stationary. (fig. 40) automatically sets to the day
or night position.
317PGS

310PGS

675PGS
fig. 38 fig. 39 fig. 40

36
DOOR MIRRORS WARNING WARNING
Electrically adjustable (fig. 41) Curved door mirrors (for When travelling the door
– Select the mirror to be adjusted using versions/markets where mirrors must always be
switch (A) (right or left). applicable) slightly alter the per- in position (A).
ception of distance.
– Press button (B) to one of the four
directions and adjust the mirror selected
previously. Folding (fig. 41-42) Defrosting/demisting (fig. 43)
– Position the switch (A) in the inter- – If necessary (for example when the The electric mirrors can be fitted with
mediate locking position. size of the mirror causes difficulty in nar- heating coils which are operated together
The mirror can only be adjusted electri- row paces) the door mirror can be folded with rearscreen heating pressing button
cally when the ignition key is in the in towards the vehicle from position (A- (A) which prevent the mirrors from frost-
MAR position. fig. 42) to position (B). ing and/or misting.
For some versions/markets the mirrors This function is timed and is deactivated
can be folded electrically using a button after a few minutes.
(C-fig. 41).
A0D0007m

A0D0010m
P4C00057

fig. 41 fig. 42 570PGSm fig. 43

37
POWER WINDOWS IMPORTANT The driver’s power win- Passenger’s side (fig. 45)
dow is fitted with a “continuous automat-
Button (A) is used to operate the pas-
ic operation” device for both lowering
FRONT senger’s window.
and raising the window. A brief press on
Driver’s side (fig. 44) the upper or lower part of the button will The passenger’s window is fitted with a
cause the window to move and continue device for “continuous automatic opera-
The driver’s door armrest contains the its stroke automatically: the window tion” only for lowering it.
buttons which, with the ignition key at stops in the position required by pressing
MAR, operate the following windows: either the upper or lower part of the but- The device works as describes for the
ton again. driver’s window.
A - left front window
With the ignition key at STOP or re-
B - right front window.
moved, the power windows remain acti-
Press the button to lower the window. vated for about 2 minutes or until a front
Pull the button to raise it. door is opened.
A0D0008m

531PGSm
fig. 44 fig. 45

38
REAR Controls on rear doors (fig. 47) WARNING
The rear windows are operated by the Each rear door panel plate contains a Incorrect use of the
split controls on the driver’s door and button (A) for operating the correspond- power windows can be
those on each rear door. ing window. dangerous. Before and during op-
With the ignition key on MAR, press eration of them always make sure
the button to lower the window, pull the that the passengers are not ex-
button or raise it. posed to the risk of harm caused
either directly by the windows in
Controls on driver’s door (fig. 46) Do not hold the button motion or by personal objects
down when the window drawn or knocked by them. When
The following controls are located on leaving the vehicle always remove
the inner driver’s door panel plate: is fully open or fully
closed. the ignition key to prevent pas-
C - left rear window sengers (especially children) from
being injured by the power win-
D - right rear window
dows inadvertently operated.
E - rear door window controls inhibitor
(with the inhibitor activated the led on
the button is off).
A0D0009m

fig. 46 fig. 47 328PGSm

39
SEAT BELTS Guide the seat belt with your hand The rear seat is fitted with inertial seat
while it is rewinding, to prevent it from belts with three anchor points with reel for
USING THE SEAT BELTS twisting. the side seats and an abdominal belt with
two anchor points for the centre (A-fig.
The belt should be worn keeping the 49) seat. For versions/markets where ap-
chest straight and rested against the seat WARNING plicable, the centre seat can be fitted with
back. Never press button (C) inertial seat belt with three anchor points
when travelling. and reel like side seats (fig. 50).
Take hold the tongue (A-fig. 48) and
insert it into the buckle (B), until hearing
the locking click.
Through the reel, the belt automatically
At removal, if it jams, let it rewind for a adapts to the body of the passenger
short stretch, then pull it out again with- wearing it, allowing freedom of move-
out jerking. ment. WARNING
To unfasten the seat belts, press button When the car is parked on a steep slope To offer the highest level
(C). the reel mechanism may block; this is of protection, the rear seat
normal. The reel mechanism prevents the belts should be fastened as shown
webbing coming out when it is jerked or in fig. 49 and fig. 50.
if the car brakes sharply, in a collision or
when cornering at high speed.

A0D0130m

A0D0131m
571PGSm

fig. 48 fig. 49 fig. 49/A

40
WARNING REAR CENTRAL ABDOMINAL FRONT SEAT BELT HEIGHT
BELT (fig. 51) (where provided) ADJUSTMENT
Remember that in the
event of a violent colli- Fasten the belt by inserting the tab (A)
sion, back seat passengers not into the clip (B) until a click is heard.
wearing seat belts also represent To adjust the belt, run the tape in the WARNING
a serious danger for the front seat buckle (D) pulling the end (E) to tighten Make the height adjust-
passengers. and part (F) to loosen. ment when the car is sta-
Press button (C) to release the belt. tionary.

IMPORTANT The belt is adjusted cor-

A0D0128m
rectly when it adheres to the pelvis.
Always adjust the height of the seat belt
When the rear seats are not occupied, to fit the person wearing it.
the appropriate spaces between the back-
rest and cushion should be used to stow
the seat belt clips neatly.

fig. 50
A0D0129m

320PGSm
fig. 50/A fig. 51 3139CAm fig. 52

41
This precaution could greatly reduce the PRETENSIONERS The pretensioner does not require any
risk of injury in case of collision. maintenance or greasing. Anything that
To increase the efficiency of the front
modifies its original conditions invalidates
Correct adjustment is obtained when the seat belts, the Alfa 166 is fitted with
its efficiency. If due to unusual natural
belt passes half way between the end of pretensioners.
events (floods, sea storm, etc.) the de-
the shoulder and the neck.
These devices “feel”, through a sensor, vice has been affected by water and
4 different adjustments in height are that a violent crash is in progress and mud, it must necessarily be replaced.
provided. rewind the seat belts a few centimetres.
In this way they ensure that the seat belt
To adjust the attachment raise or lower
adheres perfectly to the wearer before
the grip (A-fig. 52) and ring (B-
the restraining action begins.
fig. 52) to one of the set positions. WARNING
The seat belt locks to indicate that the The pretensioner can only
device has intervened; the seat belt can- be used once. After a col-
not be drawn back up even when guiding lision that has triggered it, have it
it manually. replaced at an Alfa Romeo Autho-
WARNING
IMPORTANT To obtain the highest rized Services. The validity of the
After adjustment, always
degree of protection from the action of device is 10 years starting from
check that the slider is
the pretensioning device, wear the seat the date of production, the preten-
anchored in one of the positions
belt keeping it firmly close to the chest sioners should be replaced at an
provided. To do this, with the but-
and pelvis. Alfa Romeo Authorized Services as
ton (A-fig. 52) released, exert a
this date approaches.
further pressure to allow the an- A small amount of smoke may be pro-
chor device to catch if release did duced. This smoke is in no way toxic and
not take place at one of the preset presents no fire hazard.
positions.

42
Operations which lead to WARNING WARNING
knocks, vibrations or lo- For maximum safety, Under no circumstances
calised heating (over keep the back of your should the components of
100°C for a maximum of 6 hours) seat upright, lean back into it and the seat belts and pretensioner be
in the area around the pretension- make sure the seat belt fits closely tampered with or removed. Any
ers may cause damage or trigger across your chest and hips. operation should be carried out by
them. These devices are not af- Make sure that the seat belts of qualified and authorised personnel.
fected by vibrations caused by ir-
the front and rear passengers are Always contact Alfa Romeo Au-
regularities of the road surface or
fastened at all times! You increase thorized Services. If the belt has
low obstacles such as kerbs, etc.
the risk of serious injury or death been subjected to heavy stress, for
Contact a Alfa Romeo Authorized
in a collision if you travel with the example after an accident, it
Services for any assistance.
belts unfastened. should be changed completely to-
gether with the anchors, anchor
fastening screws and the preten-
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR sioners. In fact, even if the belt has
USING THE SEAT BELTS no visible defects, it could have
The driver must comply with (and have WARNING lost its resilience.
the vehicle occupants follow) all the local The belt should not be
legal regulations concerning the use of twisted, make sure that it
seat belts. is taut and adheres to the passen-
Always fasten the seat belts before s- ger’s body. The upper part should

593PGSm
tarting. pass over the shoulder and cross
the chest diagonally. The lower part
should adhere to the pelvis and to
the abdomen of the passenger, (fig.
53). Do not use any objects (pegs,
stoppers, etc.) to keep the belts
away from the body.

fig. 53

43
WARNING Seat belts are also to be worn by expec- HOW TO KEEP THE SEAT BELTS
tant mothers: the risk of injury in the case ALWAYS IN EFFICIENT
Never travel with a child of accident is greatly reduced for them CONDITIONS
sitting on the passen- and the unborn child if they are wearing
ger’s lap with a single belt to pro- a seat belt. 1) Always use the belt with the tape
tect them both (fig. 54). Do not taut and never twisted; make sure that it
fasten other objects to the body. Of course they must position the lower is free to run without impediments.
part of the belt very low down so that it
passes under the abdomen (fig. 55). 2) After a serious accident, replace the
belt being worn at that time, even if it
does not appear damaged. Always re-
place the seat belts if pretensioners have
been activated.
3) To clean the belts, wash by hand
with neutral soap, rinse and leave to dry
in the shade. Never use strong deter-
gents, bleach or dyes or other chemical
substance that might weaken the fibres.
4) Prevent the reels from getting wet:
their correct operation is only guaranteed
if water does not get inside.
5) Replace the seat belt when showing
595PGSm

594PGSm
significant wear or cut signs.

fig. 54 fig. 55

44
CARRYING CHILDREN SAFELY For optimal protection in the event of a
crash, all passengers must be seated and
RBAG
wearing adequate restraint systems.
AI
WARNING
This is even more warning for children.
SERIOUS DANGER: Never place cradle child’s seats on the
front passenger seat of cars fitted with passenger air bag According to 2003/20/EC Directive,
since the air bag activation could cause serious injuries, even mortal. You this prescription is compulsory for all Euro-
are advised to carry children always on the rear seat, as this is the most pean Community countries.
protected position in the case of a crash. In any case, children's seats must Compared with adults, their head is pro-
absolutely not be fitted on the front seat of car’s with passenger’s air bag, portionally larger and heavier than the
which during inflation could cause serious injury, even mortal, regardless rest of the body, while the muscles and
of the seriousness of the crash that triggered it. bone structure are not completely devel-
Children may be placed on the front seat of cars fitted with passenger’s oped. Therefore, correct restraint systems
air bag deactivation. In this case, it is absolutely necessary to check the are necessary, other then adult seat belts.
warning light F on the cluster to make sure that deactivation has ac-
tually taken place (see paragraph “Front and side air bags” at item “Pas-
senger’s front air bag”). The front passenger seat shall be adjusted in the
most backward position to prevent any contact between child’s seat and
dashboard.

003STZm
fig. 56

45
The results of research on the best child Lineaccessori Alfa Romeo offers seats WARNING
restraint systems are contained in the Eu- for each weight group, which are the rec-
ropean Standard ECE-R44. This Standard ommended choice, as they have been de- Illustration is indicative
enforces the use of restraint systems clas- signed and experimented specifically for for assembly only. As-
sified in five groups: Alfa Romeo cars. semble the seat according to the
compulsory instructions provided
Group 0 0-10 kg in weight with it. Child’s seat shall not be
Group 0+ 0-13 kg in weight assembled on the rear central seat.
GROUP 0 and 0+
Group 1 9-18 kg in weight
Babies up to 13 kg must be carried fac-
Group 2 15-25 kg in weight ing backwards on a cradle seat, which,
Group 3 22-36 kg in weight supporting the head, does not induce
stress on the neck in the event of sharp GROUP 1
As it may be noted, the groups overlap deceleration. The cradle is restrained by Starting from 9 kg to 18 kg in weight,
partly and in fact, in commerce it is possi- the car seat belts, as shown in (fig. 57) children may be carried facing forwards,
ble to find devices that cover more than and in turn it must restrain the child with with seats fitted with front cushion
one weight group (fig. 56). its own belts. (fig. 58), through which the car seat
All restraint devices must bear the certi- belt restrains both child and seat.
fication data, together with the control
brand, on a solidly fixed label which must
absolutely never be removed. Over
481.50 m in height, from the point of

004STZm

005STZm
view of restraint systems, children are
considered as adults and wear the seat
belts normally.

fig. 57 fig. 58

46
WARNING GROUP 2 GROUP 3
Illustration is indicative Starting from 15 kg to 25 kg in weight, For children from 22 kg up to 36 kg the
for assembly only. As- children may be restrained directly by the size of the child’s chest no longer requires
semble the seat according to the car belts. The only function of the seat is to a support to space the child’s back from
compulsory instructions provided position the child correctly in relation to the the seat back.
with it. Child’s seat shall not be belts, so that the diagonal part adheres to
(Fig. 60) shows proper child seat posi-
assembled on the rear central seat. the chest and not to the neck and that the
tioning on the rear seat.
horizontal part clings to the child’s pelvis
and not the abdomen (fig. 59). Children taller than 1.50 m can wear
seat belts like adults.

WARNING WARNING
Seats exist which are Illustration is indicative
suitable for covering for assembly only. As-
weight groups 0 and 1 with a rear semble the seat according to the
connection to the vehicle belts and compulsory instructions provided
their own belts to restrain the with it. Child’s seat shall not be
child. Due to their size, they can be assembled on the rear central seat.
dangerous if installed incorrectly
fastened to the car belts with a
cushion. Carefully follow the in-

006STZm

007STZm
structions for installation provided
with the seat.

fig. 59 fig. 60

47
WARNING Below is a summar y of the 2) If the passenger’s air bag is deacti-
rules of safety to be followed vated always check the warning light
Illustration is indicative for carrying children: F on the cluster to make sure that it
for assembly only. As- has actually been deactivated.
semble the seat according to the 1) The recommended position for in-
compulsory instructions provided stalling children’s seat is on the rear seat, 3) Attain to the instructions for fasten-
with it. Child’s seat shall not be as it is the most protected in the case of ing the specific child restraint system
assembled on the rear central seat. a crash. which you are using. These instructions
must be provided by the manufacturer.
Keep the child restraint system installa-
tion instructions with the car documents
WARNING and this Handbook. Never use a child re-
straint system without installation instruc-
In cars fitted with pas- tions.
senger air bag never
place child’s restraint systems on 4) Always check the seat belt is well
the front seat since children shall fastened by pulling the webbing.
never be seated on the front pas- 5) Only one child is to be strapped to
senger seat. each retaining system.
6) Always check the seat belts do not
fit around the child’s throat.
7) While travelling, do not let the child
sit incorrectly or release the belts.
8) Passengers should never carry chil-
dren on their laps. No-one, however
strong they are, can hold a child in the
event of a crash.
9) In case of an accident, replace the
seat with a new one.

48
PASSENGER SEAT COMPLIANCE WITH REGULATIONS ON CHILD’S SEAT USE
The car, for versions/markets where applicable, complies with the new Directive 2000/3/EC regulating child’s seat assembling on
the different car seats according to the following table:

Group Range of weight SEAT


Front passenger Lateral central Rear central
passenger passenger

Group 0,0+ until 13 kg U U (*)


Group 1 9 -18 kg U U (*)
Group 2 15 - 25 kg U U (*)
Group 3 22 - 36 kg U U (*)

Key:
U = suitable for child restraint systems of the “Universal” category, according to European Standard ECE-R44 for the specified
“Groups”
(*) = child’s seat cannot be installed on the rear centre seat

49
FRONT AND SIDE FRONT AIR BAGS It is formed of an instantly-inflating
cushion contained in a special recess:
AIR BAGS Description and operation
– in the centre of the steering wheel for
The front Air bag (driver’s and passen-
The car is fitted with front Air bags for the driver,
ger’s) is a safety device that comes into
the driver (fig. 61) and front passenger action in the event of a head-on collision. – in the dashboard with a larger-sized
(fig. 62), side bags (fig. 63) and cushion for the passenger.
front window bags.

A0D0011m

A0D0012m
fig. 61
598PGSm

fig. 62 fig. 63

50
The front Air bag (driver’s and passen- In case of crash, a person not wearing In collisions against highly deformable
ger’s) is a device designed to protect the the seat belt moves forward and may or mobile objects (such as road signs,
occupants in the event of head-on colli- come into contact with the cushion while heaps of gravel or snow, parked vehicles,
sion of medium-high severity by the inter- it is still inflating. Under this circumstance etc.), in rear crashes (such as bumps
position of the cushion between the occu- the protection offered by the air bag is re- from behind by another vehicle), side im-
pant and the steering wheel or dash- duced. pacts, and in case of wedging under other
board. vehicles or protective barriers (for exam-
Front air bags are designed to protect
ple under a truck or guard rail), the Air
In the event of a crash, the electronic car’s occupants in front crashes and there-
bag is not triggered as it offers no addi-
control unit processes the signals leading fore non-activation in other types of colli-
tional protection compared with the seat
from a deceleration sensor and when nec- sions (side collisions, rear-end shunts, roll-
belts, consequently, it would be pointless.
essary, triggers inflation of the cushion. overs, etc…) is not a system malfunc-
tion. Therefore the failure to be triggered
The cushion inflates instantly as a pro- does not mean that the system is not
tective barrier between the occupants’ working properly.
bodies and the structures which could
cause injury. The cushion deflates imme-
diately afterwards.
The front Air bag (driver and passenger)
has been designed to protect the occu-
pants in the event of head-on crashes of
medium-high severity, by placing the
cushion between the occupant and the s-
teering wheel or dashboard.

51
PASSENGER’S FRONT AIR BAG WARNING MANUAL DEACTIVATION OF
The passenger’s front air bag has been PASSENGER’S FRONT AIR BAG
SERIOUS DANGER: The
designed to improve the protection of a car is fitted with an Air Should it be absolutely necessary to car-
person wearing a seat belt. bag on the passenger's side. Never ry a child on the front seat, the passen-
It volume at maximum inflation fills place cradle child’s seats on the ger’s front Air bag can be deactivated.
most of the space between the dash- front passenger seat of cars fitted Deactivation takes place operating the
board and the passenger. with passenger air bag since the special key switch on the right of the
air bag activation could cause se- dashboard (fig. 65) using the car’s igni-
rious injuries, even mortal. In the tion switch. Access to the switch is only
case of need, always deactivate possible with the door open.
the passenger's Air bag when a
child's seat is placed on the front
seat. The front passenger seat
shall be adjusted in the most back-
ward position to prevent any con-
tact between child’s seat and
dashboard. Even if not compulsory
by law, you are recommended to
reactivate the Air bag immediately
as soon as child transport is no
longer necessary.

380PGSm
fig. 65

52
Deactivation/reactivation takes place The key switch (fig. 65) has two posi- WARNING
with ignition key at STOP and operating tions:
it in the special key switch on the right- Warning light F indi-
1) Passenger’s front Air bag active cates also warning light
hand side of the dashboard (fig. 65).
(ON position P) warning light on clus- ¬ failure. This is indicated by in-
You can reach the switch only if the ter off; it is absolutely prohibited to carry termittent flashing, over 4 sec-
door is opened. children on the front seat. onds, of warning light F. In this
2) Passenger’s front Air bag deactivat- event, warning light ¬ could be
ed (OFF position F) warning light on not up to indicate restraint system
cluster on; it is possible to carry children failures, if any. Stop the car and
protected by special restraint systems on contact Alfa Romeo Authorized
the front seat. Services to have the system
WARNING checked.
The F warning light on the instru-
Operate the switch only ment cluster glows steadily until the pas-
when the engine is not senger’s Air bag is reactivated.
running and the ignition key is re-
moved. Deactivation of the front passenger’s Air
bag does not inhibit operation of the side
Air bag.
With the door open the key can be in-
serted and removed in both positions.

53
SIDE AIR BAGS The bags inflate instantaneously, setting IMPORTANT In the event of side
(SIDE BAG - themselves between the body of the front crash, you can obtain the best protection
FRONT WINDOW BAG) passengers and the car door. The bags de- by the system keeping a correct position
flate immediately afterwards. on the seat, thus allowing correct front
Side air bags have the task of increasing window bag unfolding.
protection of the occupants in the event of In the event of minor side crashes (for
a side crash of medium-high severity. which the restraining action of the seat belts
is sufficient), the air bags are not deployed.
They are made of two types of instantly- Also in this case it is of vital importance to
inflating cushions: wear the seat belts since in case of side WARNING
– side bags, housed in the back rest of crash they guarantee proper positioning of WARNING Never rest
the front seats; with this solution it is always the occupant and prevent the occupant to head, arms and elbows
possible to have the air bag (cushion) in the be pitched out of the car in case of violent on the door, on the windows and
optimum position in relation to the passen- crashes. in the front window bag area to
ger, regardless of the adjustment of the Therefore the side air bags do not replace prevent possible injuries during the
seat; but are complementary to the use of belts, inflation phase.
– front window bags, which are “curtain” which you are recommended to always
cushions, are housed behind the side roof wear, as specified by law in Europe and
linings; this solution designed to protect the most non-European countries.
head, makes it possible to offer the highest IMPORTANT The front and/or side
Operation of the side air bags and front air bags may be activated if the car is
degree of protection to the front occupants window bags is not disabled by the front air
in the event of a side crash, thanks to the subjected to heavy shocks or accidents
bag deactivation switch, as described in the that involve the underbody area, such as
wide cushion inflation surface. previous paragraphs. for example violent bumps against steps,
In the event of a side crash the electronic pavements or fixed obstacles on the
control unit processes the signals leading ground, falling into big holes or bumpy
from a deceleration sensor and, when nec- roads.
essary, triggers inflation of the air bags.

54
IMPORTANTS The triggering of air IMPORTANT If an accident has trig- GENERAL WARNINGS
bags releases a small amount of powder. gered the air bag, Alfa Romeo Authorized
This powder is not harmful and does not Services must be contacted to have the de-
indicate a start of fire; also the surfaces vices activated replaced and to have the WARNING
of the deployed bag and the car interior whole system checked.
If the ¬ warning light
may be covered with dusty residue: this
All operations involving checking, repair- does not turn on when
may irritate the skin and eyes. In the
ing and replacing components concerning turning the ignition key to MAR or
event of exposure, wash with neutral
the Air bag must be carried out by Alfa if it stays on when travelling, this
soap and water.
Romeo Authorized Services. could indicate a failure in safety re-
If the car is to be demolished, Alfa Romeo taining systems; under this condi-
Authorized Services should be contacted be- tion air bags or pretensioners could
WARNING
forehand to have the system deactivated. not trigger in the event of collision
Never lean head, arms or, in a restricted number of cases,
and elbows out of the If the car changes ownership, the new they could trigger accidentally.
window. owner must be informed of the instructions Stop the car and contact a Alfa
for use and of the above warnings and be Romeo Authorized Services to
given this “Owner’s Manual”. have the system checked.
The air bag system has a validity of 14
IMPORTANT The triggering of the pre-
years as concerns the pyrotechnic charge
tensioners, front air bags and side bags is
and 10 years as concerns the coil contact.
decided by the electronic control unit in a
Contact Alfa Romeo Authorized Services as
differentiated manner depending on the
this date approaches.
type of crash. The failure to trigger one or WARNING
more of them does not necessarily indicate
Do not cover back rest of
a system malfunction.
front seats with trims or
covers there are not set for the
use of side bags.

55
WARNING WARNING WARNING
Never travel with objects If the car has been stolen When the ignition key is
on your lap, in front of or an attempt to steal it turned to the MAR posi-
your chest or with a pipe, pencil, has been made, if it has been sub- tion, the warning light F (with
etc. between your lips; injury may jected to vandals or floods, have passenger’s front air bag deacti-
result in the event of the air bag the Air bag system checked by Alfa vation switch in the ON position)
being triggered. Romeo Authorized Services. turns on and flashes for few sec-
onds to remind that passenger’s
air bag will be deployed in a crash,
after which it should go off.
WARNING WARNING
Always keep your hands Please remember that
on the steering wheel rim with the ignition key at
when driving, so that if the Air bag MAR, the air bags can be triggered
is triggered, it can inflate without also on a stationary vehicle, if it is WARNING
meeting any obstacles which could bumped by another moving vehi-
cause serious harm to you. Do not Please don’t apply stickers
cle. Therefore, even with the car
drive with the body bent for- or other objects to the
stationary, never allow children on
wards, keep the seat back rest in steering wheel, to the air-bag cover
the front seat. On the other hand,
the erect position and lean your on the passenger's side or on the
remember that with the car sta-
back well against it. side roof lining to the upholstery on
tionary and ignition key at STOP
the roof side. Don’t place objects on
no safety device (air bags or pre-
the dashboard passenger’s side
tensioners) will be triggered in the
WARNING (such as mobile phones) because
event of an impact; in this case the
they could tamper with the correct
Do not wash the seat failure to trigger safety devices
opening of the passenger’s air-bag
back rest with pres- should not be considered as a sys-
and than cause serious injuries to
surised water or steam (by hand tem failure.
the vehicle occupants.
or at automatic seat washing sta-
tions).

56
WARNING LIGHTS SWITCH AND LIGHTS SWITCH (fig. 66)
The front air bag is trig- STEERING WHEEL Lights switched off
gered for shocks greater
in magnitude than the pretension-
LEVERS When the pointer on the knurled ring
(A) is opposite the symbol O, the exter-
ers. For impacts between these nal lights are switched off.
two thresholds, it is therefore nor- The device and services controlled by
mal that only the pretensioners are the levers on the steering wheel can only
triggered. be activated when the ignition key is in
the MAR position (except the parking
lights which can always be switched on).
WARNING
Do not hook rigid objects

A0D0146m
to the coat hooks and to
the support handles.

WARNING
The air bag does not sub-
stitute the seat belts, but
only increases their effectiveness.
Moreover, since the front air bags
do not come into operation in the
event of front impact at low
speed, side collisions, bumps from
behind or overturning, in these cir-
cumstances the occupants would
only be protected by the seat belts
which must therefore always be
fastened.
fig. 66

57
Sidelights LEFT LEVER (fig. 67) Main-beam headlights (fig. 68)
The sidelights are switched on by turn- The left lever operates the high beam When the knurled ring in the 2 posi-
ing the knurled ring (A) from O to 6. lights and the direction indicators. tion the headlights can be changed form
dipped-beam to main-beam by pushing
The 3 warning light on the instru-
the lever towards the dashboard (stable
ment panel will come on at the same
position).
time.
The 1 warning light will come on the
Dipped-beam headlights instrument panel.
These are switched on by turning the To return from main-beam to dipped-
knurled ring (A) from 6 to 2. beam, once again pull the lever towards
the steering wheel and then release.
Parking lights

A0D0014m
When the pointer of the switch (A) cor-
responds with the F symbol, the side
lights stay on regardless of the position of
the ignition key.
If moving the left-hand lever (fig. 67)
downward, only the left-hand side park-
ing lights switch on, while moving the
lever upward, only the right-hand side

A0D0017m
parking lights switch on.

fig. 67 fig. 68

58
Flashing (fig. 69) Direction indicators (fig. 70) One of the warning lights Î o ¥ will
The headlights are flashed by pulling the Moving the lever to the stable position: light up on the instrument panel at the
lever towards the steering wheel (unsta- same time.
Up (A) - engages the right-hand direc-
ble position) regardless of the position of The lever returns to its home position
tion indicators.
the light switch. automatically and the indicators are
Down (B) - engages the left-hand direc- switched off when the steering wheel is
The warning light 1 on the instrument
tion indicators. straightened.
panel will come on at the same time.
IMPORTANT If you wish to signal a
IMPORTANT Only the main beam rapid change of direction involving only a
lights are flashed. To avoid penalties, fol- minimum movement of the steering
low local regulations. wheel, the lever can be moved up or
down without it clicking (unstable posi-

A0D0016m
tion). When released the lever will return
to its home position.
A0D0018m

fig. 69 fig. 70

59
“Follow me home” device This function is activated pulling the lever RIGHT-HAND LEVER (fig. 72)
(fig. 71) within 2 minutes from when the engine is
The right-hand lever is used to operate
turned off. At each single movement of the
This function allows the illumination of the the windscreen wiper and the windscreen
lever, the staying on of the dipped beams
space in front of the car for the length of washer.
and sidelights is extended by 30 seconds up
time set, and is activated with the ignition
to a maximum of 3.5 minutes; the lights The control used to activate the wind-
key at STOP or removed, pulling the left-
switch off automatically after the time set. screen washer also activates the head-
hand lever towards the steering wheel.
light washers (optional for versions/mar-
Each time the lever is operated, the 1
kets where applicable).
warning light on the cluster turns on.
This function can be interrupted by keep-
ing the lever pulled towards the steering
wheel for more than 2 seconds.

A0D0015m
A0D0018m

fig. 71 fig. 72

60
Windscreen wiper (fig. 72-73) Rain sensor (fig. 72-73) Operating the windscreen washer with
(optional for versions/markets where the rain sensor activated (lever in position
The lever can be moved to five different
applicable) B) the normal washing cycle is carried
positions corresponding to:
out at the end of which the rain sensor
A - Stationary (off) The rain sensor is an electronic device resumes normal operation automatically.
coupled with the windscreen wiper and its
B - Intermittent. purpose is to automatically adapt the fre- Moving the key to the STOP position
quency of the wiper strokes according to the rain sensor is deactivated and the
With the lever in position B, turning the
the intensity of the rain during intermit- next time the car is started (key in MAR
ring (1-fig. 73) four possible intermit-
tent operation. position) it is not reactivated even if the
tent speeds are obtained (except versions
lever is still in position (B). In this case to
with rain sensor): All the other functions controlled by the activate the rain sensor, simply move the
■ = intermittent slow right-hand lever (switching the wiper off, lever to position (A) or (C) and then
■■ = intermittent medium slow and fast continuous operation, fast back to position (B).
temporary operation, windscreen washer
■■■ = intermittent medium-fast When the rain sensor is reactivated in
and headlight washer) remain un-
■■■■ = intermittent fast. changed. this way, the wiper performs at least one
stroke, even if the windscreen is dry, to
C - Continuous, slow The rain sensor is activated automatical- signal that the sensor has been reactivat-
D - Continuous, fast ly moving the right-hand lever to position ed.
(B) and its field of adjustment changes
E - Fast, temporary (unstable position). gradually. The rain sensor is fastened to the wind-
screen inside the area cleaned by the
Operation in position E is limited to the wiper and it controls an electronic control

A0D0019m
time the lever is held in this position. unit, which in turn controls the wind-
When the lever is released, it returns to screen wiper motor.
position A automatically stopping the
wiper.

fig. 73

61
At each start the rain sensor automati- Windscreen washer (fig. 74) Headlight washer (fig. 75)
cally (in about 2 minutes) stabilises at a (optional for versions/markets where
The windscreen washer is operated by
temperature of about 40°C to eliminate applicable)
pulling the lever towards the steering
any condensation from the control surface
wheel. These are operated when the low beam
and prevent the formation of ice.
Keeping the lever pulled the windscreen headlights are on and the windscreen
The rain sensor is capable of detecting washer is switched on.
wiper is turned on continuously. When
and adapting automatically to the pres-
the lever is released the wiper continues
ence of the following particular conditions
for a few strokes and then stops or con-
which call for different sensitivity:
tinues at the speed set.
– impurities on the control surface
(saline deposits, dirt, etc.)
– streaks of water caused by partial
wear of the windscreen wiper
– difference between day and night
(the human eye is more disturbed during
the night by a wet windscreen surface.

A0D0020m

A0D0021m
fig. 74 fig. 75

62
STR SYSTEM To engage the sporty response (also Automatic engagement
when travelling), press the switch (A-
(SPORT THROTTLE fig. 76) on the centre console. To pre-
The system allows passing from the s-
tandard map to the sporty one with a
RESPONSE) vent this function from being engaged un-
quick press on the accelerator. This func-
(optional for versions/markets where intentionally, the system requires the ac-
tion is useful in all situations, such as for
applicable) celerator pedal to be completely released
example overtaking or emergency ma-
for engagement. When the sporty re-
noeuvres, where maximum acceleration
sponse is enabled warning light (B) on
The STR system offers the driver the is needed.
the switch lights up.
possibility of brilliant, sporty driving with- When the need for maximum power
out forsaking relaxing driving in other cir- To restore the most comfortable re-
ceases, the system automatically resumes
cumstances with smoother, more gradual sponse press the button again (A) and
the standard map.
engine response. completely release the accelerator: the
warning light (B) on the switch goes out.
In fact, according to preference, the dri-
ver can choose between sporty fast accel- Whenever the engine is switched on,
eration control and smoother more grad- the control unit positions on the most
ual control, for example in city driving. comfortable response. If before switching
off the sporty response was stored, it will
automatically be retrieved releasing the
accelerator pedal after the first accelera-
tion.
A0D0022m

fig. 76

63
CRUISE CONTROL WARNING Switch (A) has two positions:
(fig. 77) (optional for versions/markets The cruise control must – OFF in this position the device is de-
where applicable) only be activated when activated;
the traffic and the road make it – ON is the device’s normal operating
GENERAL DESCRIPTION possible to travel safely at a con- position. When the device starts to act on
The electronic cruise control makes it stant speed for a sufficiently long the engine, the corresponding warning
possible to drive the car at the required time. light on the instrument cluster turns on.
speed without pressing the accelerator The knurled ring (B) serves to memo-
pedal. This reduces driving fatigue on mo- rise and maintain the car speed or to in-
The device is automatically disengaged
torways, especially during long journeys crease or reduce the speed memorised.
in any one of the following cases:
because the speed memorised is auto-
matically maintained. – pressing the brake pedal; Turn the knurled ring (B) to the (+) po-
sition to memorise the speed reached or
IMPORTANT The Cruise Control can – pressing the clutch pedal; to increase the speed memorised.
only be engaged with speed over 30
– inadvertently moving the automatic Turn the knurled ring (B) to the (–) to
km/h and, just for certain versions up to
gearshift lever to N. reduce the speed memorised.
180 km/h.

WARNING
On vehicles with auto-
matic transmission, nev-
er move the lever to N when the
A0D0023m

A0D0024m
car is on the move.

CONTROLS (fig. 78)


The cruise control is controlled by switch
(A), knurled ring (B) and by button (C).

fig. 77 fig. 78

64
Each time the knurled ring (B) is oper- gearshift lever to position N. or
ated the speed increases or lowers by ap-
IMPORTANT In the case of need (for – turning the knurled ring (B) momen-
prox. 1 km/h. Keeping the ring turned
example overtaking) it is possible to ac- taneously to the (+) position: each pulse
the speed changes continuously. The new
celerate simply pressing the accelerator of the knurled ring will correspond to a
speed reached will be maintained auto-
pedal; afterwards, releasing the accelera- small increase of the speed (approx. 1
matically.
tor pedal, the car will resume the speed km/h) while pressing continuously will
With button (C) it is possible to reset
memorised previously. correspond to a continuous increase of
the speed memorised.
the speed. Releasing the knurled ring (B)
IMPORTANT Turning the ignition key To restore the speed memorised the new speed will remain automatically
to the STOP position or switch (A) to memorised.
If the device has been disengaged, for
OFF, the memorised speed is cleared
example by pressing the brake or clutch
and the system is disengaged. To reduce the memorised speed
pedal, the speed memorised can be re-
stored as follows: The memorised speed can be reduced in
To memorise the speed
two ways:
– gradually accelerate until reaching a
Turn switch (A) to ON, wait for 2 sec-
speed approaching the one memorised; – disengaging the device (for example
onds at least, then bring the car to the re-
pressing the brake pedal) and then mem-
quired speed as usual by pressing the ac- – engage the gear selected when the
orising the new speed (turning the
celerator pedal or by turning the ring nut speed was memorised (4th, 5th or 6th
knurled ring (B) to the (+) position for
(B) to (+) or to (–) and then releasing gear);
at least three seconds);
it.The car speed is memorised and it is
– press button (C).
therefore possible to release the accelera- or
tor pedal.
To increase the speed memorised – keeping the knurled ring (B) pressed
The car will continue to travel at the re- on the (–) position until reaching the
The speed memorised can be increased
quired speed until one of the following new speed which will be automatically
in two ways:
conditions takes place: memorised.
– pressing the accelerator and then
– pressing the brake pedal;
memorising the new speed reached (turn-
– pressing the clutch pedal; ing the knurled ring (B) for more than
three seconds;
– inadvertently moving the automatic

65
Resetting the speed memorised WARNING WARNING
The memorised speed is automatically The Cruise Control can Should the device not be
reset: only be engaged with working properly or fail
– turning off the engine; speed over 30 km/h and, just for to operate, move the switch (A-fig.
certain versions up to 180 km/h. 78) to the OFF Position and contact
or The device must only be engaged Authorized Alfa Romeo Services
– moving the switch (A) to the OFF in 4th, 5th or 6th gear, depending on after checking that the protection
position. the vehicle speed. On cars with fuse is intact.
electronic automatic gearbox it The switch (A-fig. 78) may be left
must be engaged only with the constantly at ON without damag-
lever at position D in the automatic ing the device. You are however
mode without then moving the advised to deactivate the device
gearshift lever by hand or with 3nd when not in use, moving the switch
WARNING or 4th gear engaged inthe sequen- (A) to OFF, to avoid accidentally
When travelling with the tial manual mode. memorising the speed.
cruise control engaged, Moving downhill with the device
never move the gearshift lever to engaged, the car speed might be
neutral and do not move the au- slightly higher than the speed
tomatic gearshift lever to N. memorised due to the change in en-
You are advised to engage the gine load.
cruise control only when the traf-
fic and road conditions permit un-
der completely safe conditions, i.e.:
straight, dry road, dual carriage-
way or motorway, flowing traffic
and smooth tarmac. Do not engage
the device in town or in heavy traf-
fic conditions.

66
PARKING SENSORS ACTIVATION ACOUSTIC SIGNAL
(optional for versions/markets where The sensors are automatically activated When the reverse gear is engaged an in-
applicable) when the reverse gear is engaged. termittent acoustic signal is automatically
activated.
The sound produced by the acoustic alarm
The parking system detects and informs becomes continuous when the distance be- The acoustic signal:
the driver (through an intermittent a- tween the car and the obstacle is less that
coustic signal) about the presence of ob- – raises with the reduction of distance be-
30 cm.
stacles in the rear part of the car. tween the car and the obstacle;
– becomes continuous when the distance
between the car and the obstacle is less that
30 cm and stops if the distance raises.
– is constant if the distance is unvaried.
If this situation takes place for side sensors,
the signal is stopped after about 3 seconds
to prevent sound indications when per-
forming manoeuvres near walls.

67
INSTRUMENT PANEL

A0D0065m
fig. 80 - 3.2 V6 24V version

68
A0D0067m
fig. 81 - JTD 20V Multijet version

69
IMPORTANT Depending on the trim B - Mileage recorder with double C - Check panel (fig. 83)
levels, the dial of the instruments may be meter display (total and trip)
This electronic device checks and indi-
either light grey or black, with green or
The display shows: cates any inefficiencies that may adversely
red light.
affect running the car and driving safety.
– the mileage on the first line (6 fig-
A - Speedometer ures) The check panel mainly performs two
functions:
IMPORTANT The rev counter may – the trip meter (4 figures) on the sec-
have different clock values depending on ond line. 1) Warning lights check.
the different versions of the car.
Reset the partial km. and hold the push-
button pressed for approx. 1 second (A-
fig. 82).

IMPORTANT The trip meter reading


is not stored if the battery is disconnect-
A0D0025m ed.

A0D0120m
fig. 82 fig. 83

70
Moving the ignition key to MAR the Any faults are signalled by the turning D - Rev counter
following warning lights and displays turn on of the corresponding warning light for
The danger zone (red) indicates exces-
on and go out after approx. 6 seconds: approx. 15 seconds after the end of the
sively high engine revs. Do not drive for
1 - Light failure check.
long periods with the pointer in this area.
2 - Low brake fluid and/or handbrake 2) Doors and boot open warning. With the engine at idle speed, the rev
engaged With the ignition key at MAR, if a led counter may indicate a gradual or sudden
3 - Front brake pad wear of the car symbol (10) lights up, the cor- speed increase depending on the cases;
responding door or the boot has not been this is normal as it occurs in the normal
4 - Low engine oil level operation, for example when the climate
shut properly.
5 - Fuel reserve control compressor is engaged or the fan.
To repeat the check, with the ignition
6 - Maximum engine coolant fluid tem- In particular a slow change in speed helps
key in the MAR position and the engine
perature preserve the battery charge.
off, press the button (A-fig. 84).
7 - Mileage recorder display IMPORTANT Depending on the ver-
sions/markets of the car, the rev counter
may have danger sectors (red) of differ-
ent size and with different top of scale
values.

IMPORTANT The electronic ignition


control system gradually shuts off the
flow of fuel when the engine is “over-

A0D0026m
revving” resulting in a gradual loss of en-
gine power.

fig. 84

71
E - Fuel gauge and reserve F - Engine coolant temperature IMPORTANT The temperature of the
warning light gauge and maximum temperature engine coolant may rise towards the maxi-
warning light (fig. 85) mum values by obstruction or dirt on the
This shows the amount of fuel left in
outer part of the engine cooling radiator.
the fuel tank. This shows the temperature of the en-
gine coolant fluid and begins when the In this case you are advised to inspect
0 Tank empty;
fluid temperature exceeds about 50°C. and remove any obstructions and have
1 Tank full (see "Refuelling" paragraph the outside of the radiator washed as
The pointer should normally be towards
in this section). soon as possible.
the middle of the scale. If the pointer
This warning light comes on to indicate reaches the higher temperature values
that about 9 litres of fuel are left in the the request for vehicle performance
tank. should be decreased.
The illumination of this warning light in-
IMPORTANT Under certain condi- dicates an excessive temperature of the
tions (heavy slopes, for instance) the engine cooling fluid. In this case, stop the
reading on the gauge may differ from the car and contact Alfa Romeo Authorized
actual amount of fuel in the tank and Services.
changes in level may be indicated late.
This is part of the operating logic of the
electronic control circuit to avoid highly
unstable readings due to swaying of the
fuel when travelling.

A0D0121m
fig. 85

72
G - The warning lights
¬ Air bag malfunction
WARNING
IMPORTANT The presence of the If the warning light x
warning lights may vary depending on comes on while driving
the type of engine and trim level. When the ignition key is turned to the
check if the handbrake is not en-
MAR position the warning light will
gaged. If the warning lights stays
come on and should go out as after
on with the handbrake not engaged, about. 4 seconds.
x Insufficient brake fluid
and/or handbrake on
stop immediately and contact Alfa
Romeo Authorized Services. This warning light will come on perma-
nently when an anomaly affecting the Air
This warning light stays on for about 15 bag system is detected.
seconds, after the end of the check,
when the level of the brake fluid falls be-
low the minimum, possibly due to a leak-
age in the system and when the hand-
brake is engaged. WARNING
If the ¬ warning light
When the ignition key is turned to
does not turn on when
MAR the warning light comes on but
turning the ignition key to MAR or
must go out after approx. 6 seconds.
if it stays on when travelling, this
could indicate a failure in safety re-
taining systems; under this condi-
tion air bags or pretensioners could
not trigger in the event of collision
or, in a restricted number of cases,
they could trigger accidentally.
Stop the car and contact Alfa
Romeo Authorized Services to
have the system checked immedi-
ately.

73
v
Insufficient oil pressure
k Low engine oil level
w Low battery charge
This warning light should be out when This warning light stays on for approx. This warning light should be out when the
the engine is running. 15 seconds, after the check, when the engine is running (a slight delay is permitted
engine oil level is low. when the engine is running at idle speed).
When the ignition key is turned to the
MAR position the warning light comes With the ignition key at MAR, pressing If the warning light comes on, Alfa
on and should go out as soon as the en- the check button, the warning light turns Romeo Authorized services should be con-
gine is started. on but must go out after approx. 6 sec- tacted immediately.
onds.
When the ignition key is moved to the
The oil level is checked only pressing MAR position the warning light comes
If the warning light v the check button with the engine on and should go out as soon as the en-
comes on when the ve- stopped. If the engine is started during gine is started.
hicle is in movement, the check, the check procedure is inter-
switch the engine off immediate- rupted.
ly and contact Alfa Romeo Au-
thorized Services.

If the k warning light


stays on after the
check, do not try to get
peak performance out of the en-
gine and top up the oil as soon
as possible.

74
< Seat belts not fastened
d Brake pad wear
¢ Alfa Romeo CODE system
When the ignition key is turned to This warning light comes on when the When the ignition key is turned to MAR
MAR the warning light turns on but it brake pedal is pressed and the front the warning light should come on and then
must go out after approx. 15 seconds. brake pads are found to be worn, have go out. If the warning lights stays on with
them replaced as soon as possible. When the key in the MAR position, it indicates
For versions/markets where applicable,
the ignition key is turned to MAR the a possible failure: see “The Alfa Romeo
the warning light turns on permanently
warning light comes on but must go out CODE system”.
when, with the key in the MAR posi-
after approx. 6 seconds.
tion, the driver’s seat belt is not fastened
properly. IMPORTANT The turning on contem-
IMPORTANT As the vehicle is fitted poraneously of warning lights ¢ and
with brake pad wear sensors for the front indicates a failure of the Alfa Romeo
wheels only, when these are replaced CODE system.
check the back brake pads at the same
time.

75
Engine control system 2) Flashing light - indicates that the Engine control system
U (EOBD) failure
(optional for versions/
catalytic converter could be damaged
(see paragraph on “EOBD System” in
U applicable)
(versions for markets where

markets where applicable) this chapter).


1) In normal conditions, turning the ig-
Normally, when you turn the ignition If the warning light is on and flashing, nition key to MAR, the dial warning
key to MAR, the warning light must take your foot off the accelerator and dri- light turns on but it should go off when
come on but must switch off when the ve at low speeds until the warning light the engine has started. The initial turning
engine is running. It initially lights up to stops flashing; continue travelling at a on indicates that the warning light is
indicate that the warning light is working. moderate speed trying to avoid driving working properly.
conditions that could cause the warning
If the warning light stays on permanent- 2) If the warning light stays on or turns
light to flash again. Contact an Alfa
ly or comes on when the car is moving: on when travelling, it indicates a fault in
Romeo Authorized Service Station as
the supply /ignition system which could
1) With a fixed light - indicates soon as possible.
cause high exhaust emissions, possible
that the supply/ ignition system is mal- lack of performance, poor handling and
functioning that could cause high exhaust high consumption levels.
emissions, possible loss of performance,
bad driveability and high consumptions. In these conditions, it is possible to con-
In these conditions, you way continue tinue driving without however demanding
to drive while avoiding asking a lot from heavy effort or high speeds.
the engine or high speeds. The prolonged If, when turning the ig- Prolonged use of the car with the warn-
use of the car when this warning light is nition key to MAR, the ing light on may cause damage. Contact
on could cause damage. Contact an Alfa U warning light does an Alfa Romeo Authorized Service as
Romeo Authorized Service Station as not switch on or if, when dri- soon as possible.
soon as possible. The warning light turns ving, the light flashes or emits a
off if the malfunction disappears, howev- fixed light, contact an Alfa The warning light turns off if the fault
er the system stores the warning anyhow. Romeo Authorized Service Sta- disappears, but it is still stored by the sys-
tion as soon as possible. tem.

76
Glowplugs Presence of water
m (JTD 20V Multijet versions) c in the fuel oil filter
(JTD 20V Multijet versions)
> Faulty ABS anti
wheel-locking
The war ning light comes on
when the ignition key is turned to MAR When the ignition key is turned to the This warning light comes on when the
position. When the glowplugs have MAR position the warning light should system is inefficient. In this case normal
reached the established temperature the come on and must go out after approx. 4 braking is ensured without though, mak-
warning light will go out. Start the en- seconds. ing use of the ABS system. Alfa Romeo
gine as soon as the warning light has Authorized Services should however be
gone out. The warning light switches on fixed contacted as soon as possible.
when driving, to indicate the presence of
For versions/markets where applica- water in the fuel oil filter. When the ignition key is turned to
ble, the warning light flashes for approx. MAR the warning light comes on but
30 seconds after starting the engine In case the indicator light switches on, must go out after approx. 4 seconds.
meaning that there is a fault to the glow even if just for a few seconds, we recom-
plug warning system, in which case, mend to contact an Alfa Romeo Autho-
contact Alfa Romeo Authorized Services. rised Service as soon as possible in order
to purge the water from the fuel oil filter
With a high ambient temperature the and avoid severe damages to the injec- WARNING
warning light may turn on imperceptibly. tion pump and to the fuel oil supply cir- The car is fitted with an
cuit as well as the engine irregular opera- electronic braking device
tion. (EDB). If the > and x warning
lights turn on at the same time, this
means that there is an EBD system
fault; in this case violent braking
may be accompanied by early rear
wheel locking, with the possibility
of skidding. Drive the car ex-
tremely carefully to the nearest
Authorized Alfa Romeo workshop
to have the system checked.

77
R
WARNING
The turning on of only LLeft-hand direction Lights failure
the > warning light with indicator (intermittent)
the engine running normally indi- The warning light stays on for about
cates a fault to the ABS system This warning light comes on when the 15 seconds, after the check, when a fail-
only. In this case the braking sys- control lever is moved downwards or, to- ure is detected on one of the following
tem is still efficient, though with- gether with the right-hand warning light, lights:
out the aid of the anti-lock device. when the hazard warning lights are – low beam headlights
switched on. – high beam headlights
Under these conditions perfor-
mance of the EBD system may be – flashing (only gas discharge headlights)
reduced. in this case too, you are – side/taillights
advised to go immediately to the
E
– direction indicators
nearest Authorized Alfa Romeo Right-hand direction
indicator (intermittent) – brake lights (stop lights)
workshop, driving in such a way – third stop light
as to avoid sharp braking, to have This warning light comes on when the – rear fog guards
the system checked over. control lever is moved upwards or, togeth-
– number plate lights.
er with the left-hand warning light, when
the hazard warning lights are switched The warning of a fault may mean one
on. or more blown bulb, a burnt fuse or cut
off connection.
Turning the key to MAR the warning
light turns on, but it should go out after
about 5 seconds.
3 Sidelights
This warning light comes on when the
sidelights are switched on.

78
1 Main-beam headlights á VDC System (Vehicle
Dynamics Control)
Passenger’s Air bag
deactivated
(on request for versions/
This warning light comes on when the This warning light turns on when the
markets where applicable)
main-beam is switched on. passenger’s Air bag is deactivated.
Turning the ignition key to MAR, the
warning light on the instrument cluster
lights up and must go out after about 4
seconds. WARNING
Cruise Control Warning light F indi-
(on request for versions/ If the warning light does not go out or s-
cates also warning light
markets where applicable) tays on when travelling, contact Autho-
¬ failure. This is indicated by in-
rised Alfa Romeo Services. Although the
The warning light turns on, with the absence of the VDC function does not af- termittent flashing, over 4 sec-
control switch in the ON position, when fect the car safety, it is however recom- onds, of warning light F. In this
the device starts to act on the engine. mended to drive at moderate speed. event, warning light ¬ could be
not up to indicate restraint system
Flashing of the warning light when travel- failures, if any. Stop the car and
ling means that the VDC system has cut in. contact Authorized Alfa Romeo
Services have the system checked.

79
CLIMATE CONTROL

A0D0027m
fig. 88

80
The passenger compartment climate The air is admitted to the passenger ADJUSTING THE CENTRE
control (heating, cooling and ventilation) compartment through a series of out- UPPER VENT (fig. 89)
can be used in the following ways: lets/vents located on the dashboard, on
the front door panels, centre console and The upper vent is fitted with an open-
– manual climate control, by selecting ing/closing control (A)
floor as illustrated (fig. 88):
the functions using the control panel but- O = Completely open
tons; 1 Centre vents for demisting/defrosting
the windscreen ● = completely closed.
– automatic climate control, managed
by the system electronic control unit. 2 Upper adjustable centre vent
3 Central movable and adjustable out-
lets
4 Movable and adjustable side outlets
5 Vents for demisting/defrosting the
side windows
6 Front seat floor vents
7 Rear seat floor vents
8 Rear seat adjustable and movable
outlets.

368PGSm
fig. 89

81
ADJUSTABLE AND MOVABLE Fig. 91: front seats (at the ends of the SIDE VENTS (fig. 93)
OUTLETS (fig. 90-91-92) dashboard)
The front door panels contain fixed side
To open the round air vents, press on Fig. 92: rear seats (on the centre con- vents (A) for defrosting or demisting the
the fins (A) in point (B). sole). side windows.
The air flow is directed by turning the
outlets using the fins or changing their
slope.
Fig. 90: front seats (in the middle of
the dashboard)

421PGSm
fig. 91
A0D0028m

338PGSm

422PGSm
fig. 90 fig. 92 fig. 93

82
CLIMATE CONTROL UNIT The climate control sys-
tem uses “R134a”
coolant fluid which
meets current regulations on the
subject and which does not harm
the environment in the event of
leakage. Absolutely avoid the
use of other fluids which are in-
compatible with the system com-
ponents.

fig. 94 A0D0029m

83
EQUIVALENT TEMPERATURE DESCRIPTION OF CONTROLS Adjustment button for
The system makes it possible to control (fig. 94) required equivalent
the passenger compartment climate main- A - Climate control dedicated screen se- temperature
taining the “equivalent temperature” lev- lector button. Pressing this rocker button up or down
el required by the driver. This “equivalent B - Rocker button for adjusting the “e- respectively raises or lowers the equiva-
temperature” is an estimator of the ideal quivalent temperature”. lent temperature required in the passen-
temperature (obtained through the devel- ger compartment.
opment of a complex mathematical algo- C - Rocker button for fan speed adjust-
rithm) needed to obtain the best temper- ment. Pressing the button upwards or down-
ature and well-being in the passenger wards to the extreme HIGH or LOW
D - Automatic system operation selector positions, the functions with the highest
compartment. button. heating or cooling power are engaged.
To bring about this operating condition, E - Climate control compressor off/on
select: button.
– the “equivalent temperature” re- F - Climate control system off/on but-
quired pressing the button (B-fig. 94); ton.
– the AUTO position pressing the but- G - Rocker button for selecting air distri-
ton (D). bution.
H - Air recirculation on/off button.
IMPORTANT The compressor can be
engaged automatically or manually. To I - On/off button for maximum defrost-
switch from one operating mode to the ing/demisting windscreen and front side
other see the “Compressor on/off but- windows, rearscreen heating, door mirror
ton” paragraph in this chapter. resistances and resistances at windscreen
base (where applicable).
J - On/off button for rearscreen heating
and mirror defrosting and resistances in
windscreen wiper blade parking are at the
base of the windscreen (where applica-
ble).

84
Compressor off/on Climate control off/on
button button
Fan speed adjustment button
Pressing the ECON button turns the cli- Pressing the OFF button turns the cli-
Pressing this rocker button up or down mate control compressor on/off. mate control on/off (including ventilation
respectively increases or lowers the fan only.
speed (thus the amount of air admitted IMPORTANT With the compressor off
to the passenger compartment), while it is not possible to admit air to the pas- IMPORTANT With the climate control
maintaining the objective of the equiva- senger compartment at a temperature be- off and in particular environment condi-
lent temperature required. low the outside temperature, in particular tions, the windows may steam quickly.
environment conditions, the windows
Automatic operation may quickly steam.
button Passenger compartment
air distribution button
Pressing the AUTO button the system
automatically adjusts the amount and dis- Pressing the MODE rocker button to-
tribution of air admitted to the passenger wards the left or right manually selects
compartment. air distribution in the passenger compart-
ment, while maintaining the objective of
the equivalent temperature required.

85
Air recirculation on/off Windscreen and front side Rearscreen demisting/
button windows demisting/ defrosting on/off button
defrosting button
Pressing this button engages/disen- Pressing this button engages demist-
gages recirculation of the air admitted to Pressing this button the climate control ing/defrosting of the rearscreen, door
the passenger compartment. automatically activates the necessary mirrors and (optional for versions/mar-
functions (quantity, distribution, tempera- kets where applicable) the resistances at
IMPORTANT Depending on how the ture of the air admitted to the passenger the base of the windscreen (in the wiper
system is working (heating or cooling the compartment) to quicken demisting/de- blade parking area).
passenger compartment) the recirculation frosting of the windscreen and front side
function makes it possible to reach the re- windows. Rearscreen heating, door mirror IMPORTANT Do not stick stickers on
quired conditions faster. It is however in- heating and the resistances at the base of the inside of the rearscreen over the heat-
advisable to use this function on the windscreen (in the wiper blade park- ing filaments to prevent damage that
rainy/cold days as it would considerably ing area) are also automatically engaged might adversely affect the system.
increase the possibility of misting the win- (for a determinate length of time) where
dows, especially if the conditioner is off. applicable.
It is advisable to use this function when
the vehicle is stationary in a queue or tun-
nel to prevent polluted air from entering
the passenger compartment. Prolonged
use of this function should however be
avoided, especially if there are several
persons aboard.

86
DESCRIPTION OF OPERATING It is still however possible to intervene
Pressing the button for en-
STRATEGIES manually on the following functions:
gaging/disengaging automatic operation,
Operating the button, the – fan speed the system may be in one of the follow-
climate control system sets to automati- ing conditions:
– air distribution
cally control the following functions: – FULL AUTO with automatic control
– air recirculation of the fan speed and air distribution;
– temperature of the air at the vents
and outlets – compressor engagement. – AUTO with automatic control only of
– fan speed (constantly changing) The functions activated manually have the fan speed or of air distribution accord-
priority over the automatic ones and they ing to the driver’s preference;
– air distribution
remain memorised until automatic control – MAN with manual operation where
– air recirculation is re-activated. the driver controls the fan speed and air
– compressor engagement. With one or more functions engaged distribution directly.
manually, adjustment of the temperature
admitted to the passenger compartment
still continues to be controlled automati-
cally by the system except with the com-
pressor off: in fact, in this condition the
air admitted to the passenger compart-
ment cannot be below the outside tem-
perature.

87
Pressing the button turns Pressing the button selects If the system was in the FULL AUTO
the compressor on/off. With the com- the possible air distributions to the pas- mode, pressing the button
pressor off, the air admitted to the pas- senger compartment: passes to the simple automatism condi-
senger compartment can not be cooled or tion: i.e. the system chooses the fan
Flow of air towards the windscreen speed and mixing to obtain the equiva-
dehumidified and recirculation is switched and front side windows
off automatically to avoid misting the lent temperature required, but will not
windows: when wanting to activate recir- Distribution of the flow between change the distribution selected manually.
culation in the condition, press the corre- the windscreen /front side windows and Pressing the recirculation button
sponding button. lower part of the passenger compartment , the system automatically reac-
Pressing the button again Flow of air to the lower part of the tivates the compressor if it was deactivat-
with the compressor off, will restore the passenger compartment and secondary ed manually; to maintain recirculation
operating conditions of before the com- flow of air towards the windscreen and with the compressor of, it is necessary to
pressor was turned off. front side windows press the button to deacti-
vate the compressor.
Pressing the button turns Distribution of the flow between
off/back on the climate control, in the the upper centre, centre, side and rear
former case air is no longer admitted to outlets and the lower part of the passen-
the passenger compartment which is thus ger compartment
isolated from outside, in the latter, the Flow of air towards the centre up-
previous operating mode is restored. per vent, centre and side dashboard out-
lets and rear outlets.

88
IMPORTANT In this condition (recir- Manually setting one of the climate con- IMPORTANT When the engine is
culation on and compressor off), remem- trol functions, the others continue to be turned off the system memorises the cli-
ber that the windows may steam up very controlled automatically; in particular the mate control operating condition, which
quickly. air temperature is always controlled auto- will be automatically resumed when the
matically to reach the required “equiva- engine is started again.
Pressing the button the climate
lent temperature” in the passenger com-
control automatically activates the func-
partment.
tions required to quicken demisting/de-
frosting of the windscreen and side win-
IMPORTANT When working in the
dows. Rearscreen heating and door mirror
FULL AUTO condition, the system can
heating are also automatically engaged
automatically engage recirculation or de-
(for a determinate length of time).
activate the compressor to cool/heat the
passenger compartment faster or
Pressing the button engages
demist/defrost the windscreen and side
rearscreen heating and door mirror heat-
windows.
ing for a determinate length of time.

89
ACTIVATED CARBON The dust/pollen filter should be checked If the filter is not re-
DUST/POLLEN AIR FILTER over at least once a year by Alfa Romeo placed the efficiency of
Authorized Services, preferably at the be- the climate control sys-
The filter has the specific capability to ginning of summer.
combine the mechanical air filtering func- tem may be seriously compro-
tion with an electrostatic effect so that If the vehicle is habitually driven in pol- mised.
the outside air admitted to the passenger luted areas or on dusty roads the system
compartment is purified and free of parti- should be checked and if necessary
cles such as dust, pollen etc. changed more often.
In addition to the above-mentioned
function there is also an effective reduc-
tion of the concentration of pollutants
owing to a layer of activated carbons on
the lower surface of the filter.
The filtering action takes place when air
is admitted from outside (recirculation
off) and when the air is recirculated (re-
circulation on).

90
ADDITIONAL HEATER The system comprises: IMPORTANT The heater is fitted with
(Optional, for diesel versions, where a thermal limiting device which cuts off
– a fuel oil burner for heating the water
combustion in the event of overheating
applicable) and a combustion gas exhaust silencer.
due to lack/leaks of coolant fluid.
– A batching pump connected to the car
The heater is also protected by the auto-
The additional heater makes it possible reservoir pipes to supply the burner.
matic fuel cut-off switch, which shuts off
to integrate heating of the engine coolant
– An electronic control unit for control- the fuel in the event of a crash of a cer-
fluid, immediately after starting the en-
ling burner adjustment. tain size: to see how this works see the
gine and when travelling, to more quickly
“automatic fuel cut-off switch” para-
reach and maintain the optimum operat- – An outside temperature sensor.
graph.
ing temperature of the engine and pas-
senger compartment heater.
The device works completely automati-
cally and it is activated only when the en-
gine is running with an outside tempera-
ture of +5°C or less and a coolant fluid
temperature below 60°C.
When the coolant fluid reaches 61°C,
the electronic control unit reduces the
power of the burner and stops the heater
when a temperature of 72°C is reached,
reactivating it automatically when the flu-
id temperature falls below 60°C. Con-
versely, if after reducing the power of the
burner, the fluid temperature begins to
fall, the control unit cuts in to restore full
power.

91
IMPORTANT When the heater is The temperature near MAINTENANCE
working with the vehicle stationery and the heater should never Have the additional heater checked at
the engine running, standing outside the exceed 120°C (e.g. dur- regular intervals by Authorized Alfa
car near the rear wheel arch a low noise ing body painting operations in Romeo Services. This will ensure safe,
caused by normal operation of the heater the workshop oven). Higher tem- cost-effective working of the heater and
can be heard. perature could damage the elec- also long life.
tronic control unit components.
For maintenance and repairs con-
tact only Authorized Alfa Romeo
Services and only use original
spare parts.

WARNING
The burner exhaust gas
is released in the centre
floor area: therefore never park
the car with the engine running
over inflammable surfaces, fire
hazard!

92
CONTROLS HAZARD WARNING LIGHTS FRONT FOGLIGHTS (fig. 97)
(fig. 96) These come on when the button (A) is
OPENING THE LUGGAGE These are switched on by pressing but- pressed and when the external lights are
ton (A) regardless of the position of the already on.
COMPARTMENT (fig. 95)
ignition key. When the foglights are on the led next
To open the luggage compartment from
When the hazard warning lights are to the button lights up.
inside the car press the button (A) (with
the car stationary) inside the glovebox. switched on the switch itself begins to Press the button again to switch the
flash together with the direction indicator front foglights off.
Because of its position, the control can- on the instrument panel. This function is
not be operated when the glovebox is switched off by pressing the button again.
IMPORTANT The front foglights
key-locked.
should be used in compliance with the lo-
IMPORTANT Use the hazard lights in cal traffic laws. The front foglights system
IMPORTANT The corresponding compliance with local regulations. meets EEC/ECE regulations.
warning light on the check panel lights up
if the luggage compartment is not shut
properly.

1008PGSm
574PGSm

fig. 95 fig. 96 534PGSm fig. 97

93
REAR FOG GUARDS (fig. 98) DASHBOARD LIGHTING OPENING THE FUEL FLAP
These are turned on, with the dipped ADJUSTMENT (fig. 99) (fig. 100)
beam headlights or fog lights on, by When the outside lights are on, the The fuel flap is released from inside the
pressing button (B). dashboard lighting is adjusted pressing car pressing the button (A) with the en-
When the rear fog guards are on the led button (A). gine off.
next to the button lights up.
Turning the ignition key to STOP the
fog guards are automatically turned off
and they do not come on the next time
the engine is started unless button (B) is
pressed. Press button (B) to turn them
off.

IMPORTANT Always use the rear fog


guards in accordance with local regula-
tions. The fog guard system complies
with EEC/ECE standards
1009PGSm

A0D0030m
A0D0147m
fig. 98 fig. 99 fig. 100

94
GEARSHIFT LEVER (fig. 101) HAND BRAKE (fig. 102) To release the hand brake:
When changing gear always fully de- The hand brake is located between the – Slightly lift the lever (A) and press
press the clutch pedal. Before engaging two front seats. the button (B).
reverse gear (R) wait for the car to be
To operate the brake when the vehicle – holding the button down lower the
stationary.
is stationary pull the lever upwards until lever: the x warning light on the instru-
To engage reverse gear (R) it is neces- the required braking action is obtained. ment panel will go out.
sary to wait for the car to be stationary,
When the ignition key is in the MAR To prevent the car from moving acciden-
then raise the ring under the grip (A)
position the x warning light will come tally, keep the brake pedal pressed when
(with the fingers of the same hand hold-
on on the instrument panel. engaging the handbrake.
ing the lever). After engaging reverse
gear, release the ring. It is not necessary
to raise the ring on the lever when shift-
ing from reverse to another gear. The wheels should be
locked after a few clicks
of the hand brake lever.
if this does not occur contact Alfa
Romeo Authorized services to
have the hand brake adjusted.
A0D0031m

fig. 101 372PGSm


fig. 102

95
INTERNAL FITTINGS The compartment is lit by a courtesy WARNING
light (B) when it is open with the ignition
key at MAR. Do not travel with the
GLOVE BOX (fig. 108-109) glovebox open; it could
harm the passenger in the event of
On the dashboard there is a key-lock- an accident.
able glovebox with light. The lock can be
opened/closed using the ignition key.
To open the glovebox pull lever (A).

429PGSm

430PGSm
fig. 108 fig. 109

96
ODDMENTS COMPARTMENTS Left side compartment (fig. 112) COMPARTMENTS AND
ON THE DASHBOARD On the lower side of the dashboard, at POCKETS ON THE DOORS
Upper compartment the left of the steering wheel, there is an (fig. 113-114)
(fig. 110-111) oddments compartment (A). Each door is fitted with a pocket.
This is fitted with a lid. To open, press fig. 113 - Front doors
and release the button (A). To close the
lid, simply lower it. fig. 114 - Rear doors.

600PGSm

437PGSm
fig. 110 fig. 113
601PGSm

436PGSm

438PGSm
fig. 111 fig. 112 fig. 114

97
COIN/CARD/ REAR ODDMENTS CIGAR LIGHTER (fig. 118)
OBJECT HOLDERS (fig. 115) COMPARTMENT (fig. 116-117) Press knob (A) in to use the cigar
The coin holder (A) is located on the This is on the parcel shelf and it has a lighter, with ignition key at ACC or
central console. lid. MAR; after some seconds the knob will
return automatically to its initial position
The card holder (B) may contain a card To open the lid raise it pulling the han- and the cigar lighter is ready to use.
in the vertical position. dle (A).
Remove the tray to empty and clean the
The object holder (C) is located next to To close, simply lower it. ashtray.
the hand brake.

P4C00057
440PGSm
fig. 116

P4C00057
676PGSm

441PGSm

583PGSm
fig. 115 fig. 117 fig. 118

98
WARNING FRONT ASHTRAY (fig. 119) REAR ASHTRAYS (fig. 120)
The cigar lighter gets ex- To open the protective lid (A) press in There is an ashtray on each rear door.
tremely hot. Handle with the point shown by the arrow.
To empty remove the ashtray pressing
care and prevent its use by children: To empty the ashtray, pull out the tray, the tab (A). When refitting, firstly insert
danger of fire and/or burning. pressing towards the left on the open lid: the lower part, press the tab, then push
the tray is released and it moves up auto- the upper part into place.
matically. Re-insert the tray in the special
guides and pressing gently.
The ashtray is lit when the key is at
MAR.

Always ensure that the


cigar lighter has turned WARNING
off.
Do not use the ashtray as
paper bin: it might set on
fire in contact with cigarette stubs.

P4C00057
370PGSm

602PGSm
fig. 119 fig. 120

99
GRAB HANDLES (fig. 121) SUN VISORS (fig. 122) FRONT ROOF LIGHT (fig. 123)
Two grab handles are located at front These can be adjusted at the front and The roof light comprises two lights with
doors. side. the corresponding control switch.
Two grab handles (A) are located The rear side of each sun visor (A) is With the switches (A) and (B) in the
above the rear doors fitted with a coat fitted with a small mirror with sliding cov- central position (1), both lights gradually
hook (B). er. turn on until reaching their maximum in-
tensity when a door is opened. The light
go off gradually after about 8 seconds
from where the last door is closed.

334PGSm

442PGSm

431PGSm
fig. 121 fig. 122 fig. 123

100
If a door is left open, the lights gradual- COURTESY LIGHTS (fig. 124) REAR ROOF LIGHTS (fig. 125)
ly go out after about 3 minutes. To turn
Lowering the passenger’s sun visor the In correspondence with each rear door
them on again, open another door or shut
courtesy light on the roof panel can be there is a light which turns on automati-
and re-open the same one. The lights go
seen. cally when a door is opened.
out when the ignition key is turned to
MAR (with the doors closed) or engag- This light makes it possible to use the They are timed and work in the same
ing central door locking. courtesy mirror under conditions with dim way as described for the front roof light.
light.
Moving switches (A) and (B) to the They can be turned on and off by hand
left (position 0), the lights stay off (OFF Switch the light on and off, with the pressing the switch (A).
position). start key in MAR position, using switch
(A).
Moving switch (A) and (B) to the right
(position 2), the lights stay on.
With switches (A) and (B) the lights
are turned on individually.

IMPORTANT Before leaving the car,


make sure that both switches are in the
central position.

432PGSm

335PGSm
fig. 124 fig. 125

101
DOOR LIGHTS (fig. 126-127) TELEPHONE PROVISION For the installation of
In the lower part of each door there is a On request for versions/markets where the cellular phone and
sill light. applicable, the car may be fitted with a connection to the provi-
provision for the installation of a cellular sion in the car, contact only Au-
(A) - Front doors thorized Alfa Romeo Services;
telephone.
(B) - Rear doors this will guarantee first-rate re-
This provision comprises: sults with no possibility of any
Operation of these lights is coupled with inconvenience that may compro-
– aerial on the roof;
the front roof lamp. mise the safety of the vehicle.
– speaker on the passenger door to-
gether with the woofer speaker,
– aerial/speaker and car electrical sup-
ply cables.

P4C00057
445PGSm

446PGSm
fig. 126 fig. 127

102
SUNROOF SLIDING When the sunroof is opened a small
(optional for versions/markets where FORWARDS/BACKWARDS spoiler (B-fig. 129) rises which diverts
(fig. 128-129-130) the flow of air.
applicable)
Press part (1) of the button (A-
The sunroof can only be operated when fig. 128) to open the roof; press part
(2) of the button to close it. WARNING
the ignition key is in the MAR position.
When the button is released the sunroof When leaving the vehicle
will stop in that position. the ignition key should be
removed to avoid accidents in-
volving the sunroof which could be
WARNING inadvertently operated by any pas-
Improper use of the sun- sengers remaining in the vehicle.
roof can be dangerous.
Before and while operating it al-
ways make sure that the passen-
gers are not exposed to the risk of Routinely check that the
side water drain holes
harm caused either directly by the
(C-fig. 130) are clear.
sunroof in motion or by personal
items drawn or knocked by it.

348PGSm

377PGSm
Do not open the sunroof
when snow or ice are
on the roof as this may
damage it.

fig. 128 fig. 129

103
SLIDING WING REAR LIFTING EMERGENCY OPERATION
The sunroof is equipped with manual-oper- This can only be achieved when the sun- (fig. 132-133-134)
ated sliding wing preventing direct sun rays. roof is completely closed. Press the front end If the electrical control device does not
To open the wing pull handle (A-fig. (2) of the control button (A-fig. 128). work the sunroof can be opened manual-
131). ly as follows:
Press end (1) of the button (A-
When opening the sunroof, the wing is au- fig. 128) to return the sunroof to the – Apply leverage to the points indicated
tomatically pushed inside the roof panel. horizontal position (roof closed). by the arrows and remove the plate with
When closing the sunroof, the wing comes switch (A-fig. 132).
out partially in order to have access to the
handle for manual closing.

349PGSm
fig. 132

A0D0119m

350PGSm
378PGSm

fig. 130 fig. 131 fig. 133

104
– Using the special key (B-fig. 133) LUGGAGE OPENING FROM OUTSIDE
provided in the tool bag rotate bushing (fig. 135)
(C-fig. 133) of the motor to move the COMPARTMENT
sunroof. Turn the badge (A) in the direction
shown by the arrow, insert the key (B)
The boot lid can be opened from outside and turn it anticlockwise.
IMPORTANT When the operation has the vehicle and from inside the vehicle.
been ended the key should be turned half Opening is facilitated by a servocontrol
a turn in the opposite direction until a IMPORTANT If the boot is not prop- which operates the lock.
click is heard before it is removed. erly shut, the corresponding warning light
on the check panel will come on.

1010PGSm
351PGSm

fig. 134 fig. 135

105
OPENING FROM INSIDE REMOTE CONTROL OPENING In this case the alarm disengages the
(fig. 136) (fig. 137) boot control sensor, the system (with the
(optional for the versions/markets where exception of versions for certain markets)
To open from inside: sounds two beeps and the direction indi-
applicable)
– With the vehicle stationary, press but- cators light up for about three seconds.
The luggage compartment may be re-
ton (A) inside the glovebox. When the boot is closed again the con-
mote opened by pressing the push-button
Due to its position, this control cannot (A-fig. 137) on the key with metallic trol function is restored, the system (with
be operated when the glovebox is key- insert (B), even when the electronic the exception of versions for certain mar-
locked. alarm is ON (where installed). kets) sounds two beeps and the direction
indicators light up for about three seconds.

1024PGSm
574PGSm

fig. 136 fig. 137

106
EMERGENCY OPENING LIFTING AND CLOSING When the boot is opened the light (C-
The luggage compartment lock is re- fig. 138) will come on. This light will
Lifting the boot lid is made easier by the
leased by a servocontrol when opening go out again when the boot is closed.
action of the gas springs (B-fig. 138).
the bonnet from inside or using the key. In order to close, lower the bonnet by
However, it is always possible to open the handle (A-fig. 139) on the lining
the luggage compartment, even in case and press next to the lock till it clicks into
of insufficient battery power: just rotate the right position.
the key wider and simultaneously press
the bonnet edge by the hand. Leaving the boot open, the light goes out
The gas springs are cali-
automatically after a few minutes. To turn it
IMPORTANT Apply a moderate pres- brated to guarantee
on again, open the boot and close it again.
sure only on the bonnet edge, immediate- correct operation with
ly above the lock. loading specified by the manufac-
turer. Arbitrary additions to the
boot lid (spoiler etc.) may affect
its operation and safety.

344PGSm

677PGSm
fig. 138 fig. 139

107
SECURING THE LOAD IMPORTANT Travelling at night with WARNING
a load in the boot it is necessary to adjust
The loads carried may be blocked with A heavy load that has not
the height of the low beam headlights
straps hooked to the special rings in the been secured may cause
(see next paragraph “Headlights” in this
boot corners (fig. 140). The rings also serious harm to passengers in the
chapter). For correct use of the aiming
serve to secure the luggage retaining net event of an accident.
device, also make sure that the load does
(available on request c/o Alfa Romeo Au-
not exceed the values given in the same
thorized Services).
paragraph.

WARNING
Do not load the luggage
compartment above the
permitted maximum (see “Techni-
cal specifications”). Also make sure
that the objects contained in the
boot are well secured to prevent
them from being thrown forward
causing harm to the passengers in
678PGSm

the event of sharp braking.

fig. 140

108
BONNET – Raise the safety lever upwards (B- WARNING
fig. 142).
DANGER-SERIOUS IN-
The lever used to open the bonnet is lo- – Raise the bonnet. JURY. When carrying out
cated under the left end of the dash- checks or maintenance operations
board. in the engine compartment, take
special care not to bump the head
To open:
on the raised bonnet.
– Pull the lever (A-fig. 141) until the
bonnet clicks open.
IMPORTANT Bonnet raising is aided
by two gas springs. Do not tamper with
these springs and always accompany the
WARNING bonnet while raising it.
Do this only with the car
stationary.

A0D0033m
357PGSm

fig. 141 fig. 142

109
To close: WARNING HEADLIGHTS
– Lower the bonnet to approx. 20 cm. For safety reasons the
from the engine bay, then let it drop. Try bonnet shall always be IMPORTANT On the inside surface of
lifting it to make sure that it is shut com- perfectly closed when travelling. the headlight there could appear a slight
pletely and not simply caught in the safe- Always check for proper bonnet coat of fogging; this does not show a defect,
ty position. locking. If the bonnet is left inad- since it is a natural occurrence due to low
If the bonnet does not close properly do vertently open, stop the car im- temperature and to the degree of humidity
not push it down but open it again and mediately and close the bonnet. in the air; it will soon disappear as soon as
repeat the above procedure. the lights are turned on. The presence of
drops inside the headlight shows water seep-
age, refer to the Alfa Romeo Dealership.

110
GAS DISCHARGE HEADLIGHTS Very high voltage is needed to trigger WARNING
(optional for versions/markets where the voltaic arc, after which the supply can
be at low voltage. If necessary, have the
applicable)
system checked and any
Gas discharge headlights (xenon) work The headlights reach their maximum in- repairs done only by Authorized Al-
with a voltaic arc, in an atmosphere satu- tensity after about 15 seconds from fa Romeo Services.
rated with pressurised xenon gas, instead switching on.
of the incandescent filament. The high luminosity produced by this
The lighting produced is remarkably type of headlight calls for the use of an
higher than that of the conventional light automatic system to keep the headlight
in both terms of the quality of the light beam aiming constant and prevent daz-
(lighter) and of the amplitude and posi- zling other vehicles when braking, accel-
tion of the lit area. erating and carrying loads.
The advantages offered by better light- The electromechanical system for auto-
ing are noted (due to less sight fatigue matic constant beam aiming makes the
and better orientation capability of the headlight aiming device superfluous.
driver, thus of travelling safety) especially Xenon lights are very long-lasting and
in bad weather, fog and/or insufficient failure is unlikely.
signs, because of the higher lighting
of the side beams which are normally
shaded.
The heavy increase of lighting in the
side beams considerably increases driving
safety because it allows the driver to bet-
ter see other users at the sides of the
road (pedestrians, cyclists and motorcy-
clists).

111
AIMING LOW BEAM BEAM AIMING ADJUSTING THE FRONT
HEADLAMPS FOR (excluding versions with gas discharge FOGLIGHTS (fig. 143)
LEFT/RIGHT CIRCULATION headlights) To adjust the height of the beam of the
(only for versions with gas discharge front foglight adjust screw (A).
headlamps) The adjustment of the headlights is vital
to your safety and comfort and to that of
On cars fitted with gas discharge head- other road users.
lamps (xenon bulbs)(optional for ver-
sions/markets where applicable) with The adjustment of the headlights is also
high lighting power, when passing from a governed by precise regulations.
country with right circulation to one with Contact Alfa Romeo Authorized Services To have the position
left circulation or vice versa it is necessary to have the headlights correctly adjusted. checked and if neces-
to change the aiming of the low beams, sary adjusted, contact
to optimise lighting of the edge of the Alfa Romeo Authorized Services.
road and avoid glaring vehicles met.

IMPORTANT Contact Alfa Romeo Au-


thorised Services to have low beam head-
lamps correctly adjusted.

WARNING

A0D0034m
When returning to the
country of origin, re-
member to change the low beam
aiming again.

fig. 143

112
EOBD SYSTEM The objective is the following: If, when the ignition key
(optional for versions/ – to keep under control the efficiency of is turned to MAR, the
markets where applicable) the system; U warning light does
not come on or if, when driving, it
The EOBD system (European On Board – to warn when a fault causes emission lights up and emits a fixed light
Diagnosis) allows continuous diagnosis of levels to increase; or a flashing one, contact an Alfa
the components of the car correlated with
– to indicate the need to replace the Romeo Authorized Service Station
emissions.
deteriorated components. as soon as possible. Warning
This system continuously monitors the The system also has a diagnostic con- light U operation can be checked
components of the vehicle related to e- nector that can be interfaced with appro- by means of special equipment
missions; it also indicates, when the U priate tools, which makes it possible to by traffic agents. Always comply
warning light comes on on the instrument read the error codes stored in the control with the traffic regulations in
panel, that the components in question unit, together with a series of specific pa- force in the country where you
are in poor condition. rameters for engine operation and diag- are travelling.
nosis. This check can also be carried out
by the traffic police.
IMPORTANT After the problem has
been resolved, to completely check the
system, the Alfa Romeo Authorized Ser-
vice Station must carry out tests on a test
bench and, if necessary, road tests that
could be long.

113
ABS In the event of a failure, though being In order to be able to exploit as far as
unable to rely on the antilock effect, possible the possibility of the antilock
The car is fitted with an ABS system there is absolutely no adverse effect on system in the case of need, it is wise to
which prevents wheel lock when braking, vehicle braking performance in terms of follow a few pieces of advice.
better exploits wheel grip and keeps the braking capacity.
vehicle controllable within the limits of
the available grip also during emergency If you have never used a car with ABS
braking. before, you are advised to learn how to
use it with a few preliminary trials on a
The driver can feel that the ABS is oper- slippery surface, naturally under safety
ational by a light pulsing of the brake conditions and fully adhering to the High- WARNING
pedal, accompanied by noise. way Code of the country concerned. You The ABS exploits the
This should not be interpreted as malfunc- are also advised to carefully read the fol- available grip in full, but
tioning of the brakes, but it is the signal to lowing information. it cannot increase it; therefore cau-
the driver that the ABS system is working: The advantage of the ABS compared tion is required on slippery surfac-
it is the warning that the car is travelling at with the conventional system is that it es, without running un-necessary
the limit of grip and that it is therefore nec- makes it possible to maintain maximum risks.
essary to adapt the speed to the type of vehicle handling performance also in the
road on which you are travelling. case of hard braking under grip limit con-
The ABS system is an additional part of ditions, avoiding wheel lock.
the basic braking system; in the event of Do not however expect the braking dis-
a fault it is disabled, leaving the braking tance always to be reduced with the ABS
system in the same conditions as a car system: for example, on soft surfaces
without ABS. such as gravel or fresh snow on slippery
surfaces, the distance might increase.

114
WARNING Braking on corners always requires the WARNING Cars fitted with ABS must
utmost caution, even with the help of the only be fitted with wheel rims, tyres and
If the ABS cuts in, it ABS. brake linings of the type and brand ap-
means that the grip limit proved by the Manufacturer.
between the tyres and the road The most important piece of advice
surface has been reached: it is nec- however, is the following: The braking system is completed by the
essary to slow down and adapt EBD (Electronic Brake Distributor) which
driving to the grip available. distributes the braking action through the
ABS control unit and sensors.
WARNING
When the ABS cuts in and
you feel the pedal pulse,
WARNING do not reduce the pressure, but WARNING
keep the brake pedal firmly The car is fitted with an
In the event of a system pressed with no fear; this way you
fault, with lighting up of electronic brake distrib-
the > warning light, have the ve-
will stop in the shortest space pos- utor (EBD). If the > and x warn-
sible, compatibly with the condi- ing lights come on at the same time
hicle checked immediately by Au- tions of the road surface.
thorized Alfa Romeo Services, driv- when the engine is running, there
ing slowly to be able to regain full is an EBD system fault; in this case,
system performance. violent braking may lock the rear
wheels too early, with the possibil-
Following these instructions you will be ity of skidding. Drive extremely
in a condition to obtain peak braking per- carefully to the nearest Authorized
formance at all times. Alfa Romeo Services to have the
system checked over.

115
WARNING WARNING BRAKE ASSIST (Brake assist in
an emergency)
The turning on of the > If the x low brake fluid
warning light with the level warning light comes This system, that cannot be cut out, rec-
engine running normally indicates on, stop the car immediately and ognizes emergency braking on the
an ABS system fault. In this case contact the nearest Authorized Al- ground of the brake pedal operation
the braking system preserves its fa Romeo Services. Indeed, any speed and allows to speed up the braking
effectiveness, without however leak of fluid from the hydraulic action.
making use of the antilock device. system compromises the effective- On versions fitted with VDC system,
Under these circumstances, the EBD ness of both the conventional Brake Assist is deactivated in the event of
system may fail to give top perfor- brake system and the system with VDC system failure (indicated by the
mance. In this case, too, you are antilock system. switching on of the relevant warning
recommended to contact Author- light).
ized Alfa Romeo Services immedi-
ately driving in such a way as to
avoid abrupt braking, to have the
system checked.

116
VDC AND ASR Above all on rough surfaces (such as WARNING
cobbles, or due to the presence of water,
SYSTEMS ice or soil), changes in speed (when ac- The system performance
(on request for versions/markets celerating or braking) and/or course levels, in terms of active
where applicable) (bends or the need to avoid obstacles) safety, should not induce the dri-
can cause the tyres to lose grip. ver to run pointless and unjustified
VDC SYSTEM (VEHICLE risks. Driving conduct should al-
When the sensors detect the conditions ways be suited to the conditions of
DYNAMICS CONTROL):
that would lead to skidding, the VDC sys- the road surface, vision and traf-
GENERAL tem acts on the engine and brakes gener- fic. The responsibility for road safe-
The VDC is an electronic vehicle stability ating a stabilising torque. ty is always and anyway the ve-
control system which, acting on the hicle driver’s concern.
torque and braking the wheels in a differ- The VDC system helps the driver
entiated manner, helps to bring the car to keep control of the car in the
back to the correct course in the event of event of loss of tyre grip.
loss of grip.
The forces induced by the VDC sys-
While travelling the car is subjected to tem to control the lack of stability
lateral and longitudinal forces that may of the car always and anyway de-
be controlled by the driver up to when pend on the grip between the tyre
the tyres offer adequate road-holding; and the road surface.
when this falls below the minimum level,
the car starts to deviate from the course
required by the driver.

117
VDC SYSTEM OPERATION The heart of the VDC system is a sensor The control unit processes the informa-
that originates from the field of aeronau- tion received from the sensors and is
The VDC system turns on automatically
tics, which detects rotations of the car therefore capable of detecting the posi-
when the car is started and cannot be
around its vertical axis. The centrifugal tion of the car and comparing it with the
switched off. It is however possible to cut
forces generated when the car runs on a trajectory the driver would like to follow
off operation of the ASR system pressing
bend are detected by a highly sensitive, instant by instant. In the event of a dis-
the corresponding button on the centre
lateral acceleration sensor. crepancy, the control unit chooses and
console.
commands the most suitable action to
The main components of the VDC sys- The stabilising action of the VDC system bring the car back to the required course
tem are: is based on calculations made by the within a fraction of a second: braking one
system’s electronic control unit which or more wheels at a different braking
– an electronic control unit which processes the signals received from the force and, if necessary it reduces the
processes the signals received from the steering wheel rotation, lateral accelera- power transmitted by the engine.
various sensors and brings about the tion and individual wheel rotation sen-
most appropriate strategy; sors. These signals allow the control unit The corrective actions are changed and
to recognise the manoeuvre the driver in- controlled continuously until the car re-
– a sensor that detects the position of turns to the required course.
the steering wheel; tends to do when turning the steering
wheel. The action of the VDC system consider-
– four sensors that detect the rotation ably increases the active safety of the ve-
speed of each wheel; hicle under many critical situations and it
– a sensor that detects rotation of the is particularly useful also when the road
car around the vertical axis; surface grip conditions change.

– a sensor that detects lateral accelera-


tion (centrifugal force).

118
WARNING ASR FUNCTION (ANTISLIP The action of the ASR system is particu-
REGULATION): GENERAL larly helpful under the following condi-
For the VDC, ASR and tions:
ABS systems to work The ASR system integrates the VDC sys-
correctly, the tyres must be of the tem controlling the vehicle drive and com- – Skidding of the inner wheel on a
same brand and type on all ing into operation automatically each bend, due to the effect of the dynamic
wheels, in perfect conditions and time one or both driving wheels skid. changes of the load or over-accelerating.
above all of the specified type, Two different control systems are acti- – Excessive power transmitted to the
brand and size. vated, depending on the skidding condi- wheels, also in relation to the conditions
tions: of the road surface.
– If skidding concerns both driving – Acceleration on slippery, snowy or icy
wheels, because it is caused by the exces- surfaces.
sive power transmitted, the ASR system – In the case of loss of grip on a wet
cuts in reducing the power transmitted by surface (aquaplaning).
the engine.
– If skidding concerns only one driving
wheel, the ASR system cuts in automati-
cally braking the skidding wheel, with an
effect similar to that of a self-locking dif-
ferential.

119
TURNING ON THE ASR If the function is turned off while travel- CUTTING IN OF THE VDC
FUNCTION ling, it will turn on again automatically SYSTEM
the next time the engine is started.
The ASR function turns on automatically The cutting in of the VDC system is indi-
each time the engine is started. IMPORTANT When driving on snow, cated by the flashing of the warning light
When travelling it is possible to switch the with snow chains fitted, if may be helpful (A-fig. 145) on the instrument cluster,
system off and on again pressing the switch to switch off the ASR function: in these to inform the driver that the car is in criti-
(A-fig. 144) on the centre console. conditions in fact, skidding of the driving cal conditions of stability and grip.
wheels when moving off helps to obtain
The warning light (B-fig. 144) on the better traction.
switch turns on to indicate that the sys-
tem is off.

A0D0035m

664PGSm
fig. 144 fig. 145

120
VDC AND ASR SYSTEM The table below summarises the indica- In the event of a failure to the VDC or
FAILURE WARNINGS tions given by the warning lights in the d- ASR systems, the car behaves like the
ifferent operating conditions. version not equipped with these systems:
In the event of failures the VDC and ASR at all events, you are recommended to
systems switch off automatically and the contact Authorised Alfa Romeo Services
warning light (A-fig. 145) on the in- as soon as possible.
strument cluster turn on glowing steadily.
Conditions of use System ASR warning VDC warning light ABS warning light EBD warning light
or fault status light on button on cluster on cluster on cluster
Engine starting Lamp On for about On for about On for about On for about
(turning key to MAR) check 4 seconds 4 seconds 4 seconds 4 seconds

ASR on ASR enabled Off Off Off Off


Driving in VDC enabled
Normal
Conditions ASR off ASR disabled On Off Off Off
Manually VDC enabled

ASR on ASR active Off Flashing Off Off


Driving in
VDC active
Conditions
that might
ASR off ASR disabled On Flashing Off Off
cause skidding
Manually VDC active

ASR system fault ASR disabled On On Off Off

Fault VDC VDC disabled Off On Off Off

Fault VDC/ASR VDC/ASR disabled On On Off Off

Fault ABS ABS/VDC/ASR disabled On On On Off

Fault EBD ABS/VDC/ASR/EBD disabled On On On On

121
SOUND SYSTEM FRONT SPEAKERS (fig. 146) REAR SPEAKERS (fig. 147)
The front speakers are housed in the The speakers are housed on the rear
The vehicle is fitted with a complete ra- front door panels door panels.
dio system. A - Tweeter A - Tweeter
The radio is integrated in the Alfa B - Woofer. B - Woofer.
Romeo I.C.S. system and, optional for
versions/markets where applicable, it
can be integrated with the DSP (Digital
Sound Processing System) and Compact
Disc player.
The features of the radio, DSP (Digital
Sound Programming) system and Com-
pact Disc player are described in the Alfa
Romeo I.C.S. supplement enclosed here-
with.

454PGSm

605PGSm
fig. 146 fig. 147

122
SPEAKERS ON PARCEL SHELF COMPACT DISC PLAYER
(fig. 148) (optional for versions/ (fig. 149) (optional for versions/
markets where applicable) markets where applicable)
When the complete sound system (DSP The Compact Disc player is housed in
- Digital Sound Processing system and the special compartment (A) on the left-
Compact Disc player) is required the car is hand side of the boot, under the CD play-
supplied with a parcel shelf fitted with er for the Alfa Romeo I.C.S. navigation
speakers housed at the ends of the parcel system.
shelf.

585PGSm

fig. 148 fig. 149 563PGSm

123
REFUELLING Under no circumstances DIESEL ENGINES
should conventional
leaded petrol be used The car must only be
PETROL ENGINES as this would irreparably dam- filled with diesel fuel
In order to prevent the vehicle being age the catalyst. if the tank is for motor vehicles, in
accidentally filled with leaded fu- compliance with European Stan-
The anti-pollution de- el, even in minute quantity, DO dard EN590. The use of other
vices present on the ve- NOT START THE ENGINE. Do not products or mixtures may ir-
hicle impose the use of attempt to dilute the petrol with reparably damage the engine
four-star unleaded fuel with an lead free fuel. Drain the entire with invalidation of the warran-
octane number (R.O.N.) above 95. fuel circuit and tank. ty due to the damage caused. In
the event of accidentally filling
with another type of fuel, do not
start the engine and empty the
Filled with leaded petrol the diameter of tank. If the engine has been run
the filler neck is smaller than the nozzle even for only a very short time,
used on pumps delivering leaded petrol. in addition to the tank, it is also
necessary to drain out the whole
fuel circuit.

If the catalyst is not


working properly harm-
ful emissions reach the
exhaust resulting in environment
pollution.

124
If the outside temperature is very low, REFUELLING FUEL CAP
the diesel thickens due to the formation
To guarantee full tank filling, carry out t- The fuel cap is released from inside the
of paraffins and could clog the diesel fuel
wo refuelling operations after the first car pushing the button (A-fig. 150)
filter.
click of the fuel delivery gun. Avoid fur- with the engine off.
In order to avoid these problems, differ- ther topping up operations that could
When refuelling the cap can be hung to
ent types of diesel are distributed accord- cause damages to the fuel system.
the flap (A-fig. 151) using the hook
ing to the season: summer type, winter
provided.
type arctic type (mountains/cold areas).
To avoid misplacing it when refuelling,
If refuelling with diesel fuel not suitable
the cap is connected to the filler neck
for the current temperature, mix diesel fu-
with a cord.
el with TUTELA DIESEL ART additive
in the proportions stated on the can,
putting first the antifreeze in the tank and
then the diesel fuel.
If driving or parking the vehicle for a
long period in cold areas/mountains, re-
fuel with the diesel fuel available at local
filling stations.
In this situation you are also recom-
mended to have in the tank an amount

A0D0030m
of fuel 50% higher than usable capacity.

fig. 150

125
WARNING IMPORTANT The fuel tank is sealed EMERGENCY FLAP OPENING
hermetically and pressure may build up DEVICE
Do not go near the fuel inside. Any noise of rushing air when the
filler with naked flames cap is removed is perfectly normal. If the electrical control fails to work it is
or lit cigarettes: danger of fire. Al- still possible to open the flap by pulling
so avoid going too near the filler the cord (A-fig. 152) on the right-hand
with the face to avoid inhaling side of the luggage compartment.
harmful vapours. Access to the cord is gained opening the
lid (B).

If necessary, replace the


fuel filler cap only by
another original one,
otherwise the efficiency of the
fuel vapour recover y system
could be compromised.
1051PGSm

565PGSm
fig. 151 fig. 152

126
AUTOMATIC FUEL CUT-OFF SWITCH

The car is equipped with a safety switch After the crash, remember to turn the ig- If no leaks or damages to electric de-
which is triggered in the event of a crash nition key to STOP to prevent the bat- vices (e.g.: headlights) are found and the
to interrupt the flow of fuel and stopping tery running down. car can be restarted, reactivate the fuel
the engine as a consequence. This also cut-off switch. Follow the instructions giv-
prevents fuel leaks due to fuel lines en below.
breaking.

WARNING
If, after an accident, you
can smell petrol or see
that the fuel feed system is leak-
ing, do not reset the switches to
avoid the risk of fire.

127
DOOR UNLOCKING IN CASE RESETTING THE FUEL CUT-OFF To reactivate the automatic fuel cut-off
OF ACCIDENT SWITCH switch, press button (fig. 153) under
the driver's seat.
In case of accident with activation of the
inertial switch as a consequence, door
locks are automatically unlocked to let
rescuers reach the passenger compart-
ment from the outside.

WARNING
Before resetting the fuel
WARNING cut-off switch, carefully
check for any fuel leaks or dam-
Anyway, door opening ages to the car electric devices
from the outside depends (e.g.: headlights).
on their conditions after the acci-
dent: if a door is distorted it might
be impossible to open it even if it
is unlocked. In this case try to open
the other car doors.

fig. 153 381PGSm

128
ENVIRONMENTAL USE OF NON-TOXIC EMISSION REDUCING DEVICES
MATERIALS (Petrol engines)
PROTECTION
None of the components of the vehicle Catalysts
contain asbestos. The padding and the cli-
The design and construction of the vehi- mate control system do not contain CFCs The exhaust system is fitted with a sys-
cle have not only been developed with which are held to be responsible for the tem of catalysts formed of precious metal
the traditional aspects of performance destruction of the ozone layer. alloys housed in a stainless steel contain-
and safety in mind but also take into ac- er which withstand high operating tem-
count the increasingly pressing problems The colouring agents and the corrosion peratures.
tied to protecting the environment. inhibitors used on the nuts, screws and
bolts do not contain cadmium or chrome The catalysts convert unburned hydro-
The choice of materials, techniques and which could pollute the atmosphere or carbons, carbon monoxide and nitric ox-
particular devices are the result of work water tables. ides in the exhaust gas (even in minimal
which has made it possible to drastically quantity, thanks to the electronic ignition
reduce the harmful effects on the environ- and injection systems) into non polluting
ment and guarantee respect for the sever- compounds.
est international norms.

129
WARNING Lambda sensors Anti-evaporation system
(only petrol versions)
Due to the high temper- The lambda sensors detect the oxygen
ature reached while the content in the exhaust gas. As it is impossible, even when the en-
catalysts are working, it is advis- gine is switched off, to prevent the forma-
The signals transmitted by the Lambda
able not to park the car over in- tion of fuel vapours, a system has been
sensors are used by the electronic control
flammable material (paper, fuel devised which traps them in a special car-
unit of the injection-ignition system to ad-
oils, grass, dry leaves, etc.). bon container.
just the air-fuel mixture.
During operation of the engine these
vapours are withdrawn and sent to com-
bustion.

130
EMISSION REDUCING DEVICES Exhaust gas recirculation system
(diesel engines) (E.G.R.)
This system recycles, i.e. re-uses, a
Oxidising catalytic converter varying percentage of the exhaust gases
Converts the polluting substance in the depending on engine operating condi-
exhaust gases (carbon monoxide, un- tions.
burnt hydrocarbons and particulate), thus It is used, when necessary, to control ni-
reducing the fumes and smell that are tric oxides.
typical of diesel engines.
The catalytic converter consists of a
stainless steel case that houses a ceramic
honeycomb coated with noble metal used
as a catalyst.

131
GETTING THE BEST OUT OF YOUR CAR
Reading this chapter and following the advice, recommendations STARTING THE ENGINE ............................................................................ page 134
and specification given in it will make it possible for you to get the SAFE DRIVING ......................................................................................................... 136
best from your vehicle in terms of safety, performance, reliability WINTER TYRES ........................................................................................................ 147
and length of life. SNOW CHAINS ........................................................................................................ 147
This chapter mostly deals with procedures of a general nature. ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY DRIVING ................................. 148
TOWING TRAILERS ................................................................................................ 152
However, in some cases, it may deal with exclusive and particular VEHICLE INACTIVITY.............................................................................................. 155
operations.
INSTALLATION OF ELECTRIC/ELECTRONIC DEVICES ................................... 156
Pay close attention therefore to the information given as this will RADIO TRANSMITTERS AND CELLULAR TELEPHONES .............................. 156
allow you to exploit your vehicle to the full.

133
STARTING The ignition switch is fitted with a safety 5) If the engine does not start immedi-
device which obliges the driver to return ately, return the key to the STOP posi-
THE ENGINE the ignition key to the STOP position be- tion and repeat the operation
fore repeating the starting operation if
IMPORTANT The car is fitted with an the engine does not start immediately. With hot engine:
electronic engine lock device. if the en- Similarly, when the engine is running, 1) Engage the handbrake.
gine fails to start see “The Alfa Romeo the device prevents the key being moved
CODE system”. 2) Ensure that the systems and electri-
from MAR to the AVV position.
cal devices, especially if they absorb high
quantities of energy (e.g. heated rear
PROCEDURE FOR PETROL windscreen), are switched off.
ENGINES
3) Set the gearshift lever to neutral and
In addition to the notes
With cold engine: fully depress the clutch without pressing
and specifications given
the accelerator.
below we recommend 1) Engage the handbrake.
that, during the initial period, y- 4) Turn the ignition key to the AVV posi-
ou do not drive to full vehicle 2) Ensure that the systems and electri- tion releasing it as soon as the engine starts.
performance (for example exces- cal devices, especially if they absorb high
quantities of energy (e.g. heated rear 5) If the engine does not start immedi-
sive acceleration, long journeys
windscreen), are switched off. ately, return the key to the STOP position
at top speed, hard braking etc.).
and repeat the procedure, slightly pressing
3) Set the gearshift lever to neutral and the accelerator pedal without pumping it.
fully depress the clutch without pressing
WARNING the accelerator.
Running the engine in 4) Turn the ignition key to the AVV posi-
confined areas is ex- tion releasing it as soon as the engine starts.
tremely dangerous. The engine
consumes oxygen and produces
carbon monoxide which is a highly Never leave the ignition
key in the MAR position
toxic and lethal gas.
when the engine is
switched off.

134
IMPORTANT If it is difficult to start the For versions/markets WARMING THE ENGINE
engine do not insist with extended attempts where applicable the – Drive off slowly, at medium revs
which may damage the catalyzer but con- warning light m flashes without accelerating abruptly.
tact Alfa Romeo Authorized Services. for about 30 seconds after start-
ing the engine meaning that – Do not drive at full performance for
PROCEDURE FOR DIESEL there is a fault to the glow plug the initial kilometres of the journey. Wait
VERSIONS warming system, in which case, until the engine coolant temperature is
contact Alfa Romeo Authorized between 50 and 60°C.
1) Engage the handbrake.
Services.
2) Set the gearshift lever to neutral and SWITCHING OFF
fully depress the clutch without pressing IMPORTANT The electric devices that – Release the accelerator pedal and
the accelerator. absorb much energy (air conditioner, wait until the engine reaches idle speed.
3) Turn the ignition key to the MAR rearscreen heating, etc.) are disengaged
automatically during engine starting. – Turn the ignition key to the STOP
position. the m warning light on the in- position and switch off the engine.
strument cluster will turn on. If the engine does not start at the first
4) Wait for the m warning light to go attempt, move the ignition key back to IMPORTANT After a hard journey, it
off, which will depend on how warm the the STOP position before repeating s- is advisable to allow the engine to “get
engine is. If the engine is very warm the tarting. its breath back” before switching off, run-
turning on of the warning light may be so If starting is difficult (with the Alfa ning it at idle speed to allow the tempera-
fast as to go by unobserved. Romeo CODE system efficient), do not in- ture in the engine compartment to cool
sist with prolonged attempts. down.
5) Turn the ignition key to AVV as
soon as the m warning light goes off. Only use an auxiliary battery if it is not-
Waiting too long would make the glow ed that the cause is due to low charge of
plug heating work pointless. vehicle’s battery. Never use a battery
charger to start the engine (see ”If the
battery is flat” in the chapter “In an e-
mergency”).

135
For vehicles equipped EMERGENCY STARTING SAFE DRIVING
with turbocharger in
particular and for other
Do not bump, tow or This paragraph supplies suggestions and
vehicles in general, revving the
coast start the vehicle indications for the correct and safe use of
engine before switching off
as this would irrepara- your vehicle in the most common situa-
should be avoided.
bly damage the exhaust gas cat- tions.
Revving the engine serves no
purpose and consumes fuel for alyzer. In addition to this, suggestions are giv-
no reason. It may also cause en concerning the main organs which en-
damage to the bearings on the sure the safety of the vehicle and its pas-
rotor. sengers.
Starting with an auxiliary
BEFORE DRIVING OFF
battery
Before driving off, especially before a
If the engine does not start (with the Al-
long journey, the following procedures
fa Romeo CODE system efficient), use an
should be carried out:
auxiliary battery as described in the chap-
ter “In an emergency”. – Adjust the seat, steering wheel and
rear-view mirrors in order to obtain a cor-
rect position for driving.
– Check that nothing can get under the
foot pedals, especially under the brake
pedal.
– If children are present in the car ad-
here to the instructions given in the para-
graph “General instructions for the use of
the seat belts and child restraint system”
in the chapter “Getting to know your
car”.

136
– Check the operation of the horn. – A light meal containing easily assimil- – Use the direction indicators when
– Check the operation and degree of able foods will help keep reflexes ready changing direction.
wear of the windscreen wipers. and aid concentration for a safe journey.
– Switch on the external lights at sun-
– Check the operation of the external set.
lights and if necessary, clean the light – Keep a safe distance from the vehicle
units. in front. A “safe” distance will vary ac-
WARNING cording to the speed of the vehicle,
– Above all when driving at night,
check the alignment of headlight beams Driving under the influ- weather conditions and road-traffic condi-
before starting off. ence of alcohol, drugs tions.
and/or some medicines is highly
– Check that no oil or other liquid is – Never drive with one hand resting on
dangerous.
leaking out under the car. the gear lever. The involuntary movement
Never drive when drunk or under of the gear lever which this causes, even
– Ensure that luggage is stowed away the effect of drugs or medicines. if slight, will cause avoidable wear to the
correctly. internal elements of the gearbox.
– Ensure that, in addition to yourself, – Never drive with the gearbox in neu-
all passengers have fastened their seat tral.
belts.
WHEN TRAVELLING – Do not drive with your foot resting on
– Ensure that the handbrake is re-
the clutch pedal as this habit leads to
leased and that the warning lights on the – Driving with care also means being
rapid wearing of the clutch.
instrument panel do not indicate a mal- able to predict the actions of other road
function. To avoid accidental movements users, respecting the speed limits and oc- – Do not drive for long periods without
of the car, disengage the handbrake cupying the near-side lane on motorways. a break. During a break get out of the ve-
keeping the brake pedal pressed. hicle and move around a bit to shake off
The following should also be noted: drowsiness.

– Long distances should be tackled – Ensure that the air in the vehicle is
when in good health and should where changed constantly using the many possi-
possible be programmed, especially when bilities offered by the heating-ventilation
the roads are busy. and climate control system.

137
WARNING PARKING NIGHT DRIVING
Ensure that both yourself When the vehicle is parked, proceed as Night driving involves a greater degree
and your passengers are follows: of concentration, both physical and ner-
wearing their seat belts. Travelling vous. Some suggestions concerning night
– Switch off the engine.
without seat belts greatly in- driving follow:
creases the risks of serious injury – Engage the handbrake. – Drive with particular care, reducing
or even death in the event of an – Engage first gear if parking the car speed if necessary especially on unlit
accident. uphill or reverse if parking the car on a s- roads.
loping road. On cars with automatic gear- – Maintain a greater distance from the
box set the gear lever to P. vehicle in front than during the day as it
is more difficult to judge the speed of a
– Turn the front wheels so that the vehi- vehicle when only the lights can be seen.
– Do not coast the vehicle down hill cle will immediately come to a halt if the – If you become drowsy stop the car
with the engine switched off as this elimi- handbrake slips. and rest. continuing the journey when
nates the engine braking effect thus re- sleepy is dangerous for yourself and for
quiring a greater effort on the brake ped- others.
To avoid useless con-
al, on the power steering and consider- sumption of power and –Ensure that the headlights are correct-
ably more effort on the steering wheel. possible draining of the ly aligned: if they are too low visibility is
battery, never leave the ignition reduced and if they are too high they
– If it is necessary to stop the vehicle
key in the MAR position when may cause disturbance to other users.
following a malfunction, park off the
road, switch on the hazard warning lights the engine is not running. – use the main-beam outside built-up
and set up the warning triangle to alert areas and only when you are certain that
other road users of the presence of your other drivers are not disturbed by their
vehicle. At all times comply with the cur- use.
rent road traffic regulations. WARNING – When meeting vehicles coming in the
Never leave children un- opposite direction, switch off the main-
attended in the vehicle. beam and drive with the dipped-beam
Always remove the key from the headlights on.
ignition when leaving the vehicle – Keep the headlights and light units
and take it with you. clean at all times.

138
DRIVING UNDER ADVERSE – Check the condition of the windscreen – Remember that overtaking uphill is
WEATHER CONDITIONS wiper blades. slower and therefore requires a greater
length of clear road. If you are being
Rain and fog can be extremely danger- – If fog is very thick avoid travelling
overtaken on a hill move over to enable
ous if the style of driving is not adapted where possible. If travelling cannot be
the other vehicle to pass in safety.
to suit these conditions. Some sugges- avoided drive with extreme care and
tions are given below: moderate your speed. Avoid overtaking.
WINTER DRIVING
– if the road is wet, the friction be- – If the vehicle is forced to stop owing
to a malfunction or zero visibility condi- If the temperature falls below 0°C or in
tween wheel and asphalt is greatly re- the presence of snow or ice the following
duced thus increasing the stopping dis- tions, pull off the road, switch on the haz-
ard warning lights and if possible, the recommendations should be followed:
tance and decreasing road holding when
cornering. dipped-beam headlights. – Before driving off check that the
windscreen wipers are not frozen to the
Reduce speed and keep further back MOUNTAIN DRIVING windscreen.
from the vehicle in front.
Mountain driving requires a greater de- – Remove the snow from the air intake
– Heavy rain and fog reduce visibility. gree of concentration. Some practical (grille) at the base of the windscreen.
Headlights should be switched on as the hints follow:
road traffic laws and common sense dic- – Do not stop long on deep snow with
tate, above all to render yourself visible – Before driving off check the level of the engine running: the snow might di-
to others. fluids (engine oil, brakes, coolant) and vert the exhaust gas carbon monoxide in-
the state of the tyres. to the passenger compartment.
– Do not drive over puddles or flooded
roads at high speed as the aquaplaning – When travelling down hill use the en- – Ensure that brakes and tyres are in
phenomenon may cause you to loose gine braking by engaging lower gears to perfect working order.
control over the vehicle. prevent the brakes from overheating.
–Ensure that the detergent liquid locat-
– Never coast downhill with the engine ed in the windscreen/headlight washers
– If visibility is already reduced prevent off or in neutral and especially not with has been topped up with anti-freeze and
it from worsening by ensuring that the the ignition key removed. anti-scale additives.
windows do not steam up. Use the heat-
ing-ventilation controls as indicated in the – Drive at a moderate speed and avoid – Use engine braking where possible
chapter “Know your vehicle”. cutting corners. and avoid abrupt braking.

139
– During cold weather even apparently – Do not drive with your foot resting on SERVO BRAKE
dry roads may be covered with occasion- the brake pedal.
The vehicle is equipped with a servo-
al patches of ice. Pay great attention
– Ensure that the brake pedal is not braking system (active only when the en-
therefore when driving on roads which
blocked by the mat or other objects. gine is running). When the engine is sta-
are in the shade, or where rocks or trees
tionary a greater effort is required to de-
line the road and on which ice may per- – Check the efficiency of the braking
press the brake pedal in order to obtain
sist. system especially before long journeys.
the same braking effect.
– Check the handbrake and brake fluid
IMPORTANT To avoid damaging
minimum level warning light x on the
tyres do not drive on bare patches of as-
instrument panel. if the x warning light ANTI WHEEL-LOCK SYSTEM
phalt with snow chains fitted to the vehi-
comes on and stays on when the vehicle
cle. In extreme cases proceed slowly and (ABS)
is travelling check that the handbrake is
remove the chains as soon as possible.
not engaged. If it is not, stop the vehicle The vehicle is equipped with an ABS sys-
When driving on snow with snow chains
immediately and check the level of the tem with electronic braking device (EBD),
fitted, it might be helpful to turn off the
brake fluid. If the level is low the anom- the following should be heeded:
ASR function of the VDC system (if pre-
aly affecting the circuit should be rectified
sent): in fact, in these conditions, skid- – A slight pulsing may be felt on the
immediately. If the d warning light
ding of the driving wheels when moving brake pedal caused by the intervention of
comes on when the brake pedal is
off makes it possible to obtain higher the ABS system.
pressed, this means that the front brake
traction.
pads have reached the minimum permit- – The performance of the system, in
ted thickness. Have them replaced as terms of active safety, should not induce
BRAKES soon as possible by Alfa Romeo Autho- the driver to take unnecessary and unjus-
An efficient braking system is vital to rized Services. tified risks.
the safety of the vehicle and its passen- – The brake fluid is hygroscopic (i.e. it – The conduct of the driver must always
gers. absorbs humidity). To prevent the onset reflect weather, road and traffic condi-
To use the brakes correctly and to im- of braking anomalies it should therefore tions.
prove their efficiency and limit wear the be replaced every two years regardless of
– Deceleration always depends on the
following recommendations should be fol- the kilometres travelled.
degree of grip between the tyres and the
lowed: road surface. Obviously road holding is

140
greatly reduced when there is ice or snow WARNING VDC SYSTEM (VEHICLE
on the road. Under these conditions the DYNAMICS CONTROL):
stopping distance is increased despite the The turning on of only
use of the ABS system. the > warning light The VDC is an electronic vehicle stability
with the engine running normally control system which, acting on the torque
indicates a fault to the ABS system and braking the wheels in a differentiated
only. In this case the braking sys- manner, helps to bring the car back to the
WARNING tem is still efficient, though with- correct course in the event of loss of grip.
out the aid of the anti-lock device. When the sensors detect the conditions
The ABS system does not
Under these conditions perfor- that would lead to skidding, the VDC sys-
dispense the driver from
mance of the EBD system may be tem intervenes on the engine and on the
driving carefully, especially when
reduced. In this case too, you are brakes producing a stabilising torque.
the road is icy, snowed over or
advised to go immediately to the
wet.
nearest Authorized Alfa Romeo
workshop, driving in such a way
as to avoid sharp braking, to have
the system checked over.
WARNING
The car is fitted with an WARNING
electronic braking device The system performance
BRAKE ASSIST (Brake assist in
(EBD). if the > and x warning levels, in terms of active
lights turn on at the same time, this an emergency)
safety, should not induce the dri-
means that there is an EBD system This system, that cannot be cut out, rec- ver to run pointless and unjustified
fault; in this case violent braking ognizes emergency braking on the risks. Driving conduct should al-
may be accompanied by early rear ground of the brake pedal operation ways be suited to the conditions of
wheel locking, with the possibility speed and allows to speed up the braking the road surface, vision and traf-
of skidding. Drive the car extremely action. fic. The responsibility for road
carefully to the nearest Authorized On versions fitted with VDC system, Brake safety is always and anyway the
Alfa Romeo workshop to have the Assist is deactivated in the event of VDC
vehicle driver’s concern.
system checked. system failure (indicated by the switching
on of the relevant warning light).

141
WARNING POWER STEERING WINDSCREEN WIPER BLADES
The VDC system helps The hydraulic power steering is only ac- The windscreen wiper blades should be
the driver to keep control tive when the engine is running. If the en- checked periodically. Dirty or worn blades
of the car in the event of loss of gine is switched off greater effort will be greatly reduce visibility. The windscreen
tyre grip. required to turn the wheel. and windows should be cleaned regularly
The forces induced by the VDC sys- and grease, dirt and tar removed. In this
As the steering system is a mechanical
tem to control the lack of stability way the life of blades will be extended
organ which is closely tied to driving
of the car always and anyway de- considerably.
safety, the vehicle should be stopped and
pend on the grip between the tyre Alfa Romeo Authorized Services contacted
and the road surface. if an anomaly is detected.

IMPORTANT Keep the steering wheel


turned at the end of its stroke, in both di- When changing the
The VDC system turns on automatically rections, only for the strictly indispensable wiper blades follow the
when the car is started and cannot be time. instructions contained in
switched off. It is however possible to cut the package which is available as
off operation of the ASR system pressing a spare part and read the indica-
the corresponding button on the centre tions given in the “Car mainte-
console. WINDOWS nance “ chapter of this booklet.
Do not apply stickers or similar adhe-
ASR FUNCTION (ANTISLIP sives to the windows as these may dis-
REGULATION): GENERAL tract the driver and block his vision.
Before operating the windscreen wipers,
The ASR system integrates the VDC sys- remove snow or ice from the windscreen
tem controlling the vehicle drive and com- and check that the wiper blade is not
ing into operation automatically each frozen to the windscreen. Use an an-
time one or both driving wheels skid. tifreeze product if necessary.
Do not operate the windscreen wipers
on dry glass.

142
WHEELS WARNING WARNING
While the specified di- On cars fitted with tyres
mensions remain un- 215/55 R16 (*), 225/45
WARNING changed, for travelling safety and R17, 235/40 R18 and spare wheel
The jack should only be correct operation of the VDC, ASR with tyre 215/55 R16 (*), since
used when changing a and ABS systems the tyres must the spare wheel is different from
wheel; Do not work under the ve- absolutely be of the same brand the standard wheels, observe the
hicle when this is only supported and type on all wheels, in perfect instructions for use given below.
using the jack. conditions and above all of the (*) For versions/markets where ap-
specified type and brand. plicable tyres 205/55 R16.

The wheels (rims and tyres) installed in IMPORTANTS (when using a s-


the factory are those which are most suit- pare wheel different from the
ed to the characteristics of the vehicle SPARE WHEEL other wheels of the car)
and guarantee the greatest degree of Cars fitted with steel rims and tyres – The spare wheel should only be used in
safety and comfort under all normal dri- 215/55 R16 (*) have spare wheel iden- an emergency.
ving conditions. tical with the standard wheels. Cars fitted
with aluminium alloy rims and tyres – Use of the spare wheel should be kept
Before replacing the rims or tyres in- to a minimum. Do not drive at speeds of
stalled on your vehicle consult the table 215/55 R16 (*), 225/45 R17 and
235/40 R18 have the spare wheel with over 80 km/h.
indicating the permitted types given in
the “Technical specifications” chapter of steel rim and tyre 215/55 R16 (*). – The car will handle differently when the
this manual or contact Alfa Romeo Autho- spare wheel is fitted. Avoid sudden acceler-
(*) For versions/markets where applic-
rized Services. ation or braking, sharp corners and fast
able tyres 205/55 R16.
bends.
The original rim-tyre match should be
– Check at regular intervals that spare
followed when changing tyres.
wheel pressure is equal to 2.7 bar (2.7
kg/cm2).

143
– Two or more spare wheels should never – Have the wheels balanced and the – Second-hand tyres of unknown origin
be used together. Have the wheel changed front and rear axles set correctly. or over 6 years old must only be used in
repaired and refitted as soon as possible. emergencies and with great care.
– Avoid hitting the side walls of the
Rims tyres, for example when parking. – Inner tubes must not be fitted to
The bolts should be tightened to a tubeless tyres.
– Never tamper with the valve on the
torque of 86 Nm (8.8 kgm). tyre. – Avoid parking the vehicle on the edge
of a step or other irregularities in the road
Tyres – Do not insert anything between the
surface.
rim and the tyre.
The tyres installed on the vehicle are of – Have the tyre tread checked periodi-
the tubeless type and do not have an in- – If the rim is bent, have it replaced.
cally and replace when the legal mini-
ner tube. To obtain the greatest degree of – In the event of an abnormal drop in mum is reached.
comfort, safety and length of life of the the tyre pressure replace the wheel and
tyres, the following recommendations have it checked. IMPORTANT Some types of tyres are
should be observed. fitted with wear indicators. As soon as
– When balancing the wheels use the
– With new tyres do not drive at full these wear indicators appear on the tyre
counterweights which are specifically de-
speed until the first 100 km have been tread, the tyres must be replaced.
signed for tubeless tyres. To balance light
reached. alloy rims only Alfa Romeo original Periodically check that the tyres are not
– Before entering a tight bend, even if weights should be used. showing signs of irregular tread wear. If
the vehicle permits it, reduce speed. they are, contact Alfa Romeo Authorized
– The tyre pressure, including that of
Services who will eliminate the cause of
– Avoid sharp acceleration and unneces- the spare wheel must reflect the indica-
irregular wear.
sary braking. tions given in the “Technical specifica-
tions” of this manual. Tread wear increases the danger of
– Do not travel for long periods at sus- aquaplaning on wet surfaces.
tained high speed especially on rough – Have the tyres checked periodically to
roads. ensure that they are not damaged in any
way.

144
To ensure uniform wear between the Note for one way tyres: There Tyre pressure and wear
tyres on the front axle and those on the are arrows on the side of one-way tyres
The correct tyre pressure will not only
rear axle, the tyres should be switched indicating the direction of rotation. When
ensure that your tyres last longer but will
around every 10,000 - 15,000 km keep- a wheel is changed (for example after a
also make your vehicle safer as they have
ing the tyres on the same side of the ve- puncture, the direction of the arrow on
a direct influence over road holding.
hicle to avoid inverting the direction of ro- the spare wheel might not coincide with
tation (fig. 1). the direction of rotation of the wheel to The pressure of each tyre, including that
be changed. Even in these conditions the of the spare tyre should be checked regu-
tyre is still safe but you are advised to larly and always before a long journey.
have the tyre repaired and refitted as
soon as possible, because top perfor- The tyres should be checked when cold
mance is obtained when all the wheels using a pressure gauge and inflated to
turn in the direction of the arrow. the pressure given in the chapter “Techni-
WARNING cal specifications”.
Do not cross the tyres
Incorrect tyre pressure causes tyre wear
over. (fig. 2):
A0D0037m

3212CAm
fig. 1 fig. 2

145
A - Normal pressure: tread uniform- C - Excessive pressure: tread worn Wheel balancing
ly worn. more towards the centre.
Each wheel together with its tyre is bal-
A correct pressure will ensure a longer Overinflating the tyres leads to: anced, both satirically and dynamically, in
life for your tyre and improve perfor- the factory. When the tyres are replaced
– irregular wearing of the tread, con-
mance as the tread will then be working the wheels must be rebalanced to prevent
centrated more towards the centre of the
along the entire width of the tread and vehicle instability, wearing of the compo-
tread
wear will be more uniform. nents of the steering system and irregular
– a reduction in the level of comfort tyre wear.
These conditions also lead to:
– a greater vulnerability of the tyre to
– better road holding of the vehicle
knocks
– easier and more precise steering
IMPORTANT When the vehicle is be- When balancing wheels
– reduced fuel consumption due to a
ing used the pressure increases naturally. made of light alloy only
lower resistance against the rolling of the
In exceptional cases when checking tyre original Alfa Romeo
tyre.
pressure when hot, do not reduce the counterweights should be used.
pressure.
B - Insufficient pressure: tread
worn more along the edge.
Low tyre pressure will cause irregular
wearing of the tread (greater along the
sides) and cause the tyre to overheat
which could lead to parts of the tyre
breaking off and cause damage to the
shell of the tyre itself.
This type of damage could lead to sud-
den loss of pressure or cause the tyre to
burst.

146
WINTER TYRES WARNING When winter tyres are SNOW CHAINS
used with a maximum speed index below
the one that can be reached by the vehi-
These tyres are specially designed for Use of snow chains should be in compli-
cle (increased by 5%), place a notice in
driving on snow and ice, to be fitted in re- ance with local regulations. Snow chains
the passenger compartment, plainly in
placement of those fitted on the car. should only be applied to the drive
the driver’s view which states the maxi-
wheels (front). The sport connotation of
Use winter tyres of the same size as the mum permissible speed of the winter
the vehicle requires the use of specific
normal tyres provided on the car. tyres (as per CE Directive).
types of snow chain. Alfa Romeo Autho-
Alfa Romeo Authorised Services will be Fit the same type of tyre on all four rized Services should first be contacted
pleased to advise you on the choice of wheels (brand and profile) to ensure before purchasing or using snow chains.
the car most suited to the use the Cus- higher driving safety when braking and Check the tension of the chain after the
tomer intends to make of it. good handling. first few dozen metres have been driven.
For the type of tyre to be used, inflation Remember that it is inappropriate to
IMPORTANT When driving on snow
pressures and the specifications of winter change the direction of rotation of tyres.
with snow chains fitted, it might be
tyres, follow the instructions given in the
helpful to turn off the ASR function of
“Technical Specifications” chapter.
the VDC system (if present): in fact, in
The winter features of these tyres are these conditions, skidding of the driving
reduced considerably when the tread wheels when moving off makes it pos-
depth is below 4 mm. In this case, they sible to obtain higher traction.
should be replaced.
Due to the winter features, under nor-
mal conditions of use or on long motor-
way journeys, the performance of these
tyres is lower than that of normal tyres.
It is necessary therefore to limit their
use to the purposes for which they are
certified.

147
Snow chains can be fit- ECONOMY AND GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS
ted only on wheels with ENVIRONMENT- Vehicle maintenance
6.5J x 16” rims and
215/55 R16 tyres or 7.5J x 17” FRIENDLY DRIVING The conditions of the vehicle are an im-
rims and 225/45 R17 tyres. portant factor which affects fuel consump-
(*) Pour versions/marchè lorsqu’il tion as well as driving tranquillity and the
How you use and how you drive your life of the car itself. For this reason, care
est prèvu pneus 205/55 R16. vehicle directly influence fuel consump- should be given to maintenance, having
tion and environmental impact. the checks and adjustments given in the
By following a few simple guidelines scheduled maintenance programme car-
and without incising on the “liveliness” ried out (see ... spark plugs, idle speed,
of the vehicle, it is possible to avoid dam- air/fuel oil filter, timing).
Drive at a moderate aging the environment and often, at the
speed when snow chains same time, to limit fuel consumption. Tyres
have been fitted to the The following helpful suggestions will al- Check the tyre pressure at least every 4
wheels. Avoid potholes, steps and low you to save in running costs and re- weeks: if the pressure is too low, consump-
pavements, and do not drive for duce harmful emissions. tion increases as resistance to rolling is
long stretches on snow-free roads, higher. It should also be underlined that in
otherwise you risk damaging the these conditions, tyre wear increases re-
tyres, suspension and steering. sulting in poor handling and lower safety.

148
Useless loads Climate control system DRIVING STYLE
Do not overload the boot (especially in The climate control system is a further
Starting
town), as this will heavily affect fuel con- load that weighs considerably on the en-
sumption and stability of the vehicle. gine inducing higher consumption levels Do not warm the engine stationary at i-
(on average up to +20%). Outside tem- dle speed or high speed: in these condi-
Roof rack/ski rack perature permitting, preferably use the air tions the engine warms much more slow-
vents. ly, increasing consumption and emissions.
Remove the roof rack or ski rack imme-
It is therefore advisable to move off im-
diately after use. These accessories lower
Spoilers mediately and slowly, avoiding high
air drag and adversely affect consumption
speeds. This will warm up the engine
levels. For particularly bulky loads the use The use of spoilers that have not been
more quickly.
of a trailer is preferable. certified by Alfa Romeo can adversely af-
fect air drag and fuel consumption.
Pointless manoeuvres
Electric services
Avoid revving the engine when waiting
Use electric devices only for the neces-
at traffic lights and before switching the
sary time. Rearscreen heating, additional
engine off. This, like revving before
headlights, wipers and the heater fan
changing gear, serves absolutely no pur-
consume a considerable amount of ener-
pose on modern cars and increases con-
gy, increasing the need for current highers
sumption and emission levels.
fuel consumption (up to +25% in the ur-
ban cycle).
Gearshifting
As soon as the road and traffic condi-
tions permit it, engage a higher gear. The
use of a low gear to obtain lively acceler-
ating increases fuel consumption.
In the same way, incorrect use of a gear
increases consumption, emission and en-
gine wear.

149
Top speed CONDITIONS OF USE PROTECTING EMISSION
Fuel consumption increases considerably Cold starting REDUCING DEVICES
with the speed of the car: it is helpful to The correct operation of the anti-pollu-
Brief and frequent cold starts do not al-
observe that passing from 90 to 120 tion devices not only guarantees respect
low the engine to reach the optimum op-
km/h consumption increases by + 30%. for the environment but also has a great
erating temperature. This leads to a sig-
Also maintain the most uniform possible influence on vehicle performance.
nificant increase in consumption (from
speed, avoiding superfluous braking and
+15% up to +30% in the urban cycle) These devices should be kept in good
accelerating which cost fuel while increas-
and in the emission of pollutants. condition to permit economical and eco-
ing emission levels. You are therefore ad-
vised to adopt a “smooth” driving style. logical use of your vehicle.
Traffic situations and road
trying to anticipate manoeuvres to avoid The programmed Maintenance Schedule
conditions
imminent danger and respect safety dis- should be carefully followed.
tances to avoid having to slow down Rather high consumption levels are
abruptly. linked with heavy traffic situations, for ex- For petrol engines, only unleaded fuel
ample in slow-moving queues with the should be used.
Acceleration frequent use of low gears or in big towns
with many traffic lights. If starting is difficult,
Violent accelerating bringing the engine
to high rpm has a considerable adverse Also winding mountain roads and rough do not insist with pro-
effect on consumption and emission lev- roads adversely affect consumption lev- longed attempts. Do not
els; it is wise to accelerate gradually with- els. push, tow or coast start the ve-
out exceeding the maximum permissible hicle: these may all damage the
torque. Halts in the traffic catalysts.

During prolonged halts (e.g. level cross-


ings) it is advisable to switch the engine
off.

150
Use an auxiliary battery to start the ve- WARNING WARNING
hicle in an emergency.
During normal operation The failure to follow
If the engine is not “running smoothly” the catalytic converter these rules may cause a
when the vehicle is travelling, reduce the reaches high temperatures. Do not fire hazard.
request for performance to a minimum therefore park the vehicle over in-
and contact Alfa Romeo Authorized Ser- flammable materials (grass, dry
vices as soon as possible. leaves, pine needles etc.): fire haz-
When the fuel reserve warning light ard. Do not install other heat
comes on fill up as soon as possible. A shields and do not remove the ex-
low fuel level may cause an irregular sup- isting ones on the catalyst and on
ply to the engine with inevitable increase the exhaust pipe.
of the exhaust gas temperature. Do not spray anything on the cat-
alyst, lambda sensor and exhaust
When travelling downhill for long
pipe.
stretches slightly rev the engine every
now and again. This action will extend
the life of the catalyzer.
Never run the engine, even as a test,
with one or more spark plugs disconnect-
ed.

151
TOWING TRAILERS WARNING When hooking up a caravan or trailer
check that the maximum towable
Under no circumstances weights (given in the log book) and the
GENERALITIES should the hydraulic maximum load permitted on the vehicle’s
braking system of the vehicle be tow hook (given on the label applied to
The vehicle can be used to tow trailers tampered with to control the the structure of the trailer), are above or
after a suitable tow hook has been fitted. brakes of the trailer. equal to the overall weight and loading
Alfa Romeo retails a tow hook which ful-
on the towing eye.
fils the safety and legal requirements.
This tow hook should be fitted by Alfa
Romeo Authorized Services which will en- WARNINGS AND
sure a better result and avoid problems The trailer’s braking system must be SUGGESTIONS
arising which may jeopardise the body- separate from the vehicle’s hydraulic sys- Some indications concerning driving
work warranty cover. tem. with a trailer are given below:
The vehicle-trailer match must conform – Install the specific rear-view mirrors
to the specifications of the road-traffic as specified by law.
laws.
– Remember that when towing a trailer
Towing weight refers to the overall steep inclines are harder to climb.
weight of a fully loaded trailer including
all accessories and personal belongings. – When travelling down hill engage a
To avoid sanctions the overall weight of a low gear rather than constantly using the
WARNING brake.
fully loaded trailer should be checked to
The ABS system with ensure that it does not exceed the limits – Drive within the permitted speed lim-
which the car is fitted given in the log book. its for vehicles with trailers. In any case
does not control the trailer brak- the maximum speed should never exceed
ing system. Particular care is The vertical loading on the ball hook
should not in any case exceed the limits 100 km/h.
therefore necessary on slippery
surfaces. specified in the “Technical specifications”
section.

152
INSTALLING TOW HOOK IMPORTANT It is compulsory to fas- Do not connect any
(fig. 3) ten a label of suitable size and material trailer ser vices (fan,
(clearly visible) at the height of the hook fridge, etc.) to the vehi-
The chart shows the attachment points ball with the wording:
for fixing the tow hook to the body. cle’s electrical system.
MAX. LOAD ON BALL 60 kg.
These points must not be changed irre-
spective of the shape and size of the
hook. For mechanical connection the fol- Apart from the electrical branches taken
WARNING off for the obligatory signalling devices,
lowing must be used:
After assembly, the fas- the vehicle’s electrical system can only be
– “ISO 50” 2nd category ball hook tening screw holes connected to the supply cable for an elec-
(CUNA Table NC 138-40) should be sealed to prevent the in- tric brake and to the cable for internal
– 2nd category ball eyelet model “CU- filtration of exhaust gas. light, though not above 15W, in the trailer.
NA 502” (CUNA Table NC 438-40) The electric brake must be directly sup-
The tow hook structure must be fas- plied by the battery through a cable with
tened in the points shown by the symbol a cross-section of over 2.5 mm2.
Ø with a total of 12 M10 screws.
The inner plate (1) should be at least 4
mm thick. ELECTRICAL CONNECTIONS
The side plates (2) should be at least 5 The attachment for the trailer wiring
mm thick. connections are to be applied to the tow
The fastening points (3) must be fitted hook support in the most suitable posi-
with a spacer with a 25 mm diameter tion.
and 6 mm thickness. For the electrical connections a 13 pole,
12V connection must be used.
For vehicle-trailer electrical connections
contact Authorized Alfa Romeo Services.

153
592PGS
Rear wheel axis

at load
Sphere

Vehicle
centre line

2 M10 x 1.25 nuts

fig. 3

154
VEHICLE INACTIVITY – Switch off the alarm system (if fit- – Check the air cleaner and replace if
ted) with the remote control, then deacti- necessary.
vate it with the emergency key.
If the vehicle is to be left inactive for – Check tyre pressure and ensure that
long periods the following precautions – Disconnect the terminals from the they are not damaged, cracked or cut. If
should be noted: battery poles (negative pole first) and they are they must be replaced.
check the battery charge. When the vehi-
– House the vehicle under a cover in a – Check the state of the drive belts in
cle is in storage, this check should be car-
dry and possibly ventilated place. the engine bay.
ried out once a month. If the no-load volt-
– Engage a gear. age is less than 12.5V, recharge the bat- – Connect the cables of the battery af-
tery. ter checking that the charge is adequate.
– Release the handbrake.
– Re-activate the alarm system, if fit-
– Clean and protect the paintwork by REMOVING FROM STORAGE ted, using the emergency key.
applying silicon wax. Before using your vehicle after a long – With the gear lever in neutral start
– Cover the rubber windscreen wiper period of inactivity the following opera- the engine and allow the engine to run
blades with talcum powder and raise tions should first be carried out: for a few seconds whilst repeatedly
them off the glass. – Do not dust the outside of the vehi- pumping the clutch pedal.
– Open the windows slightly. cle.
– Cover the vehicle with a cloth or per- – Visually check that there are no
forated plastic cover. Do not use compact leaks (oil, brake and clutch fluid, engine
plastic covers which prevent the humidity coolant etc.).
on the surface of the vehicle from evapo- – Replace the engine oil and filter.
rating.
– Check:
– Inflate the tyres to a pressure of 0.5
bars above normal. If possible rest the Gearbox-differential oil level
tyres on wooden planks and periodically Brake-clutch fluid level
check the pressure.
Level of engine coolant fluid.

155
WARNING INSTALLATION RADIO TRANSMITTERS
This operation must be OF ELECTRIC/ AND CELLULAR
performed in the open.
The exhaust gases contain carbon
ELECTRONIC DEVICES TELEPHONES
monoxide which are highly toxic
and lethal. Electric/electronic devices installed after Mobile phones and other radio trans-
buying the car or in aftermarket shall ceiver equipment (e.g.: HAM radio sys-
bear the and marking: tems and the like) shall not be used in-
side the car unless a separate aerial is
– Check that the various devices (head- mounted.
lights, direction indicators etc.) are working
correctly. IMPORTANT The use of mobile
phones, HAM radio systems or other simi-
IMPORTANT In order to perform lar devices inside the passenger compart-
these operations correctly refer to the rel- Fiat Auto S.p.A. authorizes the installa- ment (without separate aerial) may
ative subjects in the chapter “Car mainte- tion of transceivers provided that installa- cause electronic systems equipping the
nance”. tion is carried out at a specialized shop, car to malfunction. This could compromise
workmanlike performed and in compli- safety in addition to constituting a poten-
ance with manufacturer's specifications. tial hazard for the passengers.
IMPORTANT Installation of devices In addition, transmission and reception
resulting in modifications of car character- of these devices may be affected by the
istics may cause driving license seizing by shielding effect of the car body.
traffic agents and also the lapse of the
warranty as concerns defects due to the As concerns the use of mobile phones
abovementioned modification or traceable (GSM, GPRS, UMTS) with homologa-
back to it directly or indirectly. tion, keep strictly to the mobile phone man-
ufacturer's specifications.
Fiat Auto S.p.A. declines all responsibili-
ty for damages caused by the installation
of non-genuine accessories or not recom-
mended by Fiat Auto S.p.A. and installed
not in compliance with the specified re-
quirements.

156
IN AN EMERGENCY
The following pages give indications necessary in the event of an IN THE EVENT OF A PUNCTURE ............................................................. page 158
emergency. IF ONE OF THE EXTERNAL LIGHTS GOES OUT ............................................ 165
The subjects dealt with take into account numerous minor prob- IF ONE OF THE INTERNAL LIGHTS GOES OUT ............................................. 181
lems which the driver may have to face and indicate the type of IN THE EVENT OF A BURNT FUSE OR RELAY ............................................... 186
intervention to be carried out. Contact Alfa Romeo Authorized Ser- IN THE EVENT OF A FLAT BATTERY .................................................................. 194
vices for the more serious problems. IF THE VEHICLE OR ANOTHER VEHICLE IS TO BE TOWED ....................... 196
IF THE VEHICLE IS TO BE LIFTED ..................................................................... 197
The following pages should therefore, be read through carefully
so that, if an emergency arises, you know where to search for the IN THE EVENT OF AN ACCIDENT ...................................................................... 198
relevant information.

157
IN THE EVENT WARNING WARNING
OF A PUNCTURE The spare wheel is specific On cars fitted with tyres
to your model of car: do 215/55 R16 (*), 225/
not use it on another model or use 45 R17, 235/40 R18 and spare
WARNING the spare wheel of other models on wheel with tyre 215/55 R16 (*),
Wheel changing and cor- your car. On cars fitted with tyres do not apply the wheel cap on the
rect use of the jack and 215/55 R16 (*), 225/45 R17, spare wheel. The spare wheel has
spare wheel call for some precau- 235/40 R18 and spare wheel with an orange sticker with the main
tions as mentioned below. tyre 215/55 R16 (*), since the cautions about use of the wheel it-
spare wheel is different from the self and instructions for use.
Signal the presence of the station-
standard wheels, observe the in- The sticker must absolutely never
ary vehicle according to current
structions for use given below: be removed or covered.
regulations: hazard warning lights,
– The spare wheel should only be The sticker contains the following
reflecting triangle, etc.
used in an emergency. instructions in four languages:
Any passengers should leave the
– Use of the spare wheel should – WARNING! Only for temporary
car, specially if the vehicle is heav-
be kept to a minimum. Do not use 80 km/h max!
ily laden, and wait for the wheel
drive at speeds of over 80 km/h. – Replace with standard service
to be changed out of harm of the
– The car will handle differently wheel as soon as possible.
traffic.
when the spare wheel is fitted. – Do not cover these instructions.
If parked on a slope or rough road,
Avoid sudden acceleration or brak- The vehicle may fall if the jack is
place wedges or other suitable de-
ing, sharp corners and fast bends. not positioned correctly.
vices under the wheels to prevent
– Check at regular intervals that
the car from rolling. Do not grease spare wheel pressure is equal to
the threads of bolts before in- 2.7 bar (2.7 kg/cm2).
stalling them; they might slip out. – Two or more spare wheels
should never be used together. (*) Tyre 205/55 R16 for versions/mar-
Have the wheel changed repaired kets where applicable.
and refitted as soon as possible.

158
WARNING Routinely check that the To change a wheel proceed as follows:
The jack only serves for pressure of tyres and s- – Stop the car in such a position that it
changing wheels on the pare wheel is as speci- is not dangerous for the traffic where it is
car with which it is provided or on fied in the “Technical specifica- possible to change the wheel safely.
cars of the same model. It must not tions” chapter. Raise the car only Where possible, park on a level, compact
be used for other purposes such as laterally. The car must absolutely surface.
for instance raising cars of other never be raised placing the plate
of the workshop lift arm under – Engage the handbrake
models. In no case should it be used
the aluminium crossmember of – Engage 1st gear or reverse. For cars
for repairs under the vehicle.
the rear suspension. with automatic gearbox set the lever to
position P.
– Open the boot.

Do not use the jack for CHANGING A WHEEL – Fold forward the boot mat (A-
higher capacities than fig. 1).
Please be informed that:
stated on its label. – Slacken the ring nut (A-fig. 2) and
– The jack mass is 2.100 kg. remove the spare wheel.
Absolutely never tam- – The jack requires no adjustment. – Take the tool bag (A-fig. 3) and
per with the inflation – The jack cannot be repaired, in the bring it near to the wheel to be changed.
valve. Do not insert event of breakage it must be replaced by
tools of any kind be- another original one.

P4C00057
564PGSm
tween the rim and the tyre.
– No tools other than its operating
crank can be fitted to the jack

fig. 1

159
– Remove the wheel cap (A-fig. 4) – Using the L-wrench (B-fig. 5) pro- Position 1: changing a rear wheel;
(only for versions with steel rims) lever- vided, loosen the fastening bolts (A) by
Position 2: changing a front wheel.
ing on the edge with the flat-tipped about one turn.
screwdriver provided in the tool bag. – Turn the knob (A-fig. 7) of the jack
– Position the jack under the car next
to extend it until the pin (B), on the on
to the wheel to be replaced (fig. 6):
the upper part of the jack inserts correctly
in the seat on the body (C).
– Fit the L-wrench (A-fig. 8) on the
jack pin (B).
– Work the jack and raise the car, until

A0D0038m
346PGSm
the wheel is a few centimetres above
ground.
– Completely unscrew the fastening
bolts (A-fig. 9) and remove the wheel.
– Make sure the spare wheel is clean
and free of impurities on the hub contact
surface which could cause slackening of
the fastening bolts later.
fig. 2 fig. 4
– Install the spare wheel making the
hub pin (A-fig. 10) coincide with one

A0D0132m
A0D0144m

of the holes (B-fig. 11) of the wheel.

fig. 3 fig. 5

160
– Tighten the five fastening bolts (A- – Lower the car and remove the jack – Completely tighten the bolts in the se-
fig. 12). (fig. 13). quence shown (fig. 14).
– On cars having the same alloy rims
as the spare wheel ones, wheel cap can
be fitted following the instructions given

A0D0040m
in the following paragraph.
IMPORTANT Never fit the wheel cap
to the spare wheel if the spare wheel is
different from the standard one.
After refitting a wheel:
– Stow the spare wheel in the space
provided in the luggage compartment and
fasten it with the ring nut (A-fig. 2).
– Put jack and tools back in the bag and
stow it in the boot.
fig. 6

A0D0041m

A0D0133m
fig. 7 fig. 8

161
REFITTING A NORMAL WHEEL – Take the tool bag (A-fig. 3) and – Using the L-wrench (B-fig. 5) pro-
the spare wheel and bring them near to vided, loosen the fastening bolts (A) by
Refit the wheel as described below:
the wheel to be changed. about one turn.
– Stop the car in such a position that it
– Remove the wheel cap (A-fig. 4) – Position the jack under the car next
is not dangerous for the traffic where it is
(if present) levering on the edge with the to the wheel to be replaced (fig. 6):
possible to change the wheel safely.
flat-tipped screwdriver provided in the tool
Where possible, park on a level, compact Position 1: changing a rear wheel;
bag.
surface.
Position 2: changing a front wheel.
– Engage the handbrake
– Turn the knob (A-fig. 7) of the jack
– Engage 1st gear or reverse. For cars to extend it until the pin (B), on the on

392PGSm
with automatic gearbox set the lever to the upper part of the jack inserts correctly
position P. in the seat on the body (C).
– Open the boot. – Fit the L-wrench (A-fig. 8) on the
jack pin (B).
– Fold back the boot mat (A-fig. 1).

fig. 10

1026PGSm
A0D0134m

A0D0135m
fig. 9 fig. 11 fig. 12

162
– Work the jack and raise the car, until – Screw the centering pin (A-fig. 18) – Lower the car and remove the jack
the wheel is a few centimetres above in one of the fastening bolt holes. (fig. 20).
ground. – Push the wheel on the pin and fasten – Completely tighten the bolts in the se-
– Completely unscrew the fastening it with four bolts. quence shown (fig. 21).
bolts (A-fig. 16) and remove the – Remove the centering pin (A-fig. 19) – If present, fit the hub cap so that the
wheel. and screw the last fastening bolt. valve can come out through the tapered
– Make sure that the wheel to be in- hole. Press the edges of the hub cap s-
stalled is clean and free of impurities on tarting from near the valve hole (A-
the hub contact surface which could cause fig. 22) and proceeding round until it is
slackening of the fastening bolts later. securely attached.

A0D0137m
– Install the wheel making the hub pin IMPORTANT Incorrect fitting might
(A-fig. 10) coincide with one of the cause the wheel cap to come off when
holes (B-fig. 11) of the wheel. the car is on the move.
– Tighten the five fastening bolts (A- After refitting a wheel:
fig. 17).
– Stow the spare wheel in the space
For cars with alloy rims it is easier to in- provided in the luggage compartment and
sert the wheel bolts using the specific fasten it with the ring nut (A-fig. 2).
centering pin. fig. 14
A0D0136m

A0D0138m

A0D0139m
fig. 13 fig. 15 fig. 16

163
– Put jack and tools back in the bag

A0D0141m
WARNING
and stow it in the boot
Do not grease the threads
of bolts before installing
them; they might slip out.
The bolts should be tightened to a
torque of 86 Nm (8.8 kgm).
You are advised to have the wheel
bolt tightening checked by Alfa
Romeo Authorized Services as
fig. 20
soon as possible.
Indeed, insufficient tightening may

A0D0140m

A0D0142m
cause the wheel bolts to slacken
with the obvious dangerous con-
sequences. Excessive tightening
can strain the bolts.

fig. 17 fig. 21

A0D0053m

A0D0052m
612PGSm

fig. 18 fig. 19 fig. 22

164
IF ONE OF THE GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS TYPES OF BULBS (fig. 23)
EXTERNAL LIGHTS – When a light is not working check Various types of bulbs are fitted to your
that the corresponding fuse is intact be- vehicle.
GOES OUT fore replacing the bulb. A. All glass bulbs
– For the location of fuses, refer to the These are pressure-fitted. Pull to re-
paragraph “In the event of a burnt fuse” move.
WARNING in this chapter. B. Bayonet type bulbs
Alterations or repairs to Press the bulb, turn counter-clockwise to
– Before changing a bulb check the
the electric system not remove this type of bulb from its holder
contacts for oxidation.
carried out correctly and without C. Tubular bulbs
taking into account the specifica- – Burnt bulbs must be replaced with Free them from their contacts to re-
tions of the system may cause others of the same type and power. move.
malfunctioning and the risk of fire. – Always check the height of the head- D. Halogen bulbs
light beam after changing a bulb to en- To remove free it from the clip on its
sure they are safe. seating.

IMPORTANT The headlight inner sur-

3045CAm
face might be slightly misted: this should
not be considered irregular but a natural
phenomenon due to low temperature and
the air humidity level. Misting will disap-
pear as soon as the headlights are turned
on. Drops inside the headlight mean wa-
ter infiltration: contact Alfa Romeo Autho-

3054CAm
rized Services.

fig. 23

165
Halogen bulbs must be BULBS TYPE W
handled touching only
the metallic part. If the LOW BEAM/HIGH BEAM (GAS DISCHARGE HEADLIGHTS) D (D1) 35
transparent bulb is touched with HIGH BEAM HEADLAMP SIGNALLER
the fingers its lighting intensity (GAS DISCHARGE HEADLIGHTS) D (H1) 55
is reduced and the life of the bulb
may be compromised. If touched LOW BEAM (HALOGEN BULB HEADLIGHTS) D (H7) 55
accidentally, rub the bulb with a HIGH BEAM (HALOGEN BULB HEADLIGHTS) D (H7) 55
cloth moistened with methylated FRONT SIDELIGHT B (H6W) 6
spirits and allow to dry.
FOG LAMPS D (H3) 55
FRONT DIRECTION INDICATORS (COLOURED BULB) B (PY21W) 21
SIDE DIRECTION INDICATORS A (5W Amber) 5
Where possible the
bulbs should be re- REAR DIRECTION INDICATOR non-replaceable LEDs
placed by Alfa Romeo STOP/SIDE LIGHT B (21/5W) 21/5
Authorized Services. The correct
REVERSING LIGHT B (P21W) 21
operation and positioning of the
external lights are vital to the REAR FOG GUARD B (P21W) 21
safety of the vehicle and its pas- ADDITIONAL STOP LIGHT (3rd STOP) A (W2.3W) 2.3
sengers and the subject of specif-
ic laws. REAR SIDE LIGHT (ON BOOT LID) B (R5W) 5
FRONT ROOF LIGHTS B (10W Halogen) 10
BOOT LIGHT C (10W) 10
WARNING
GLOVEBOX AND DOOR LIGHTS A (W5W) 5
Halogen bulbs contain
pressurised gas, in the SUN VISOR LIGHT C (C5W) 5
case of breakage they may burst. NUMBER PLATE LIGHT A (W5W) 5
REAR ROOF LIGHTS B (HT5W Halogen) 5

166
FRONT LIGHT UNITS - GAS WARNING Low beams/high beams
DISCHARGE HEADLIGHTS Xenon bulbs are very longlasting and
Any work on the front
(optional for versions/markets where failure is highly unlikely.
light units should be car-
applicable) ried out with the light switch at
The front light units with gas discharge position 0 (lights off) and with the WARNING
headlights contain low beam/high beam ignition key removed from the
(gas discharge), high beam headlamp switch: danger of electric dis- If necessary, have the
signaller (halogen), sidelight and direc- charge. system checked and if
tion indicator bulbs. necessary repaired only by Autho-
rized Alfa Romeo Services.
The bulbs are arranged inside the light
unit as follows (fig. 24-25):
A. Direction indicator The following paragraph describes how
B. High beam headlamp signaller and to replace xenon bulbs correctly.
sidelight
C. Gas discharge low beam/high beam.
A0D0064m

fig. 24 fig. 25 A0D0065m

167
WARNING – Release the clip (C- fig. 27). – Fit connector to new bulb.
Any work on the front – Remove the bulb (D- fig. 28) and – Fit the bulb in the headlight reflector
light units should be car- disconnect the snap-fitted connector (E). making the notch coincide with the corre-
ried out with the light switch at sponding groove.
position 0 (lights off) and with the – Lock the bulb with the clip.
ignition key removed from the
switch: danger of electric dis- – Fit the rubber cap.
charge. Xenon bulbs may only – Refit the engine compartment cover
be touched on the metal and fasten turning the fastening pins.
part. If the glass bulb is
touched by the fingers, clean it
To replace the bulb (Type D – D1, carefully with a clean cloth
35W): moistened with methylated spirit
– Remove the engine compartment cov- and allow to dry before refitting
er after turning the fastening pins. the bulb.

– Remove the rubber cap (A-fig. 26)


by pulling the tab (B).
A0D0056m

A0D0057m

A0D0058m
fig. 26 fig. 27 fig. 28

168
High beam headlamp signaller – Disconnect the snap-fitted connector – Fit new bulb in the headlight reflector
(D- fig. 30) and release clip (E). making the notches coincide with the cor-
To replace the bulb (Type D – H1,
responding grooves.
55W): – Remove the bulb (F- fig. 31).
– Lock the bulb with the clip.
– Remove the engine compartment cov-
er after turning the fastening pins. – Fit the connector to the bulb.
– Turn counter-clockwise and remove – Fit the rubber cap.
the direction indicator bulb holder (A-
– Fit the direction indicator bulb holder
fig. 29), without disconnecting the con-
and lock it by turning it clockwise.
nector to widen the working space.
– Refit the engine compartment cover
– Remove the rubber cap (B) by
and secure it by turning the fastening
pulling the tab (C).
pins.

A0D0059m

A0D0060m

A0D0061m
fig. 29 fig. 30 fig. 31

169
Front sidelights – Press the two retaining tabs and re- – Fit the new bulb into the bulb holder,
move the bulb holder (D- fig. 33). pushing it slightly and turning it clock-
To replace the bulb (Type B – H6W,
wise.
6W): – Remove the bulb (E- fig. 34) from
the bulb holder, pushing it slightly and – Push the bulb holder down in its seat.
– Remove the engine compartment cov-
turning it counter-clockwise.
er after turning the fastening pins. – Fit the rubber cap.
– Turn counter-clockwise and remove – Fit the direction indicator bulb holder
the direction indicator bulb holder (A- and lock it by turning it clockwise.
fig. 32) without disconnecting the con-
– Refit the engine compartment cover
nector to widen the working space.
and secure it by turning the fastening
– Remove the rubber cap (B) by pins.
pulling the tab (C).

A0D0059m

A0D0062m

A0D0063m
fig. 32 fig. 33 fig. 34

170
Front direction indicators – Fit the new bulb into the bulb holder, FRONT LIGHT UNITS –
pushing it slightly and turning it clock- HALOGEN BULB HEADLIGHTS
To replace the bulb (Type B – PY21W,
wise. (optional for versions/markets where
21W, coloured):
– Fit the bulb holder and lock it by turn- applicable)
– Remove the engine compartment cov-
ing it clockwise. The front light units with halogen bulb
er after turning the fastening pins.
– Refit the engine compartment cover headlights contain low beam, high beam,
– Turn counter-clockwise and remove sidelight and direction indicator bulbs.
and secure it by turning the fastening
the bulb holder (A- fig. 35) without
pins. The bulbs are arranged inside the light
disconnecting the connector.
unit as follows (fig. 37-38):
– Remove the bulb (B- fig. 36) from
the bulb holder, pushing it slightly and A. Direction indicator
turning it counter-clockwise. B. High beam headlight and sidelight
C. Low beam headlight.
A0D0070m

A0D0071m

A0D0054m
fig. 35 fig. 36 fig. 37

171
Low beam headlights – Fit the bulb in the headlight reflector – Refit the engine compartment cover
making the notch coincide with the corre- and secure it by turning the fastening
To replace the bulb (Type D – H7,
sponding groove. pins.
55W):
– Lock the bulb with the clip.
– Remove the engine compartment cov-
er after turning the fastening pins. – Fit the connector to the new bulb.
– Remove the rubber cap (A- fig. – Fit the rubber cap.
39) by pulling the tab (B).
– Disconnect the snap-fitted connector
(C- fig. 40).

A0D0073m
–- Release the clip (D).
– Remove the bulb (E- fig. 41).

fig. 40
A0D0036m

A0D0072m

A0D0074m
fig. 38 fig. 39 fig. 41

172
High beam headlights – Disconnect the snap-fitted connector – Fit the new bulb in the headlight re-
(D- fig. 43) and release the clip (E). flector making the notches coincide with
To replace the bulb (Type D – H7,
the corresponding grooves.
55W): – Remove the bulb (F- fig. 44).
– Lock the bulb with the clip.
– Remove the engine compartment cov-
er after turning the fastening pins. – Fit the connector to the bulb.
– Turn counter-clockwise and remove – Fit the rubber cap.
the direction indicator bulb holder (A-
– Fit the direction indicator bulb holder
fig. 42) without disconnecting the con-
and lock it by turning it clockwise.
nector to widen the working space.
– Refit the engine compartment cover
– Remove the rubber cap (B) by
and secure it by turning the fastening
pulling the tab (C).
pins.

A0D0075m

A0D0076m

A0D0077m
fig. 42 fig. 43 fig. 44

173
Front sidelights – Press the two retaining tabs and re- – Fit the new bulb into the bulb holder,
move the bulb holder (D- fig. 46). pushing it slightly and turning it clock-
To replace the bulb (Type B – H6W,
wise.
6W): – Remove the bulb (E- fig. 47) from
the bulb holder, pushing it slightly and – Push the bulb holder down in its seat.
– Remove the engine compartment cov-
turning it counter-clockwise.
er after turning the fastening pins. – Fit the rubber cap.
– Turn counter-clockwise and remove – Fit the direction indicator bulb holder
the direction indicator bulb holder (A- and lock it by turning it clockwise.
fig. 45) without disconnecting the con-
– Refit the engine compartment cover
nector to widen the working space.
and secure it by turning the fastening
– Remove the rubber cap (B) by pulling pins.
the tab (C).

A0D0075m

A0D0078m

A0D0079m
fig. 45 fig. 46 fig. 47

174
Front direction indicators – Fit the new bulb into the bulb holder, FRONT FOGLIGHTS
pushing it slightly and turning it clock-
To replace the bulb (Type B – PY21W, To replace the bulb (Type D - H3, 55W)
wise.
21W, coloured): proceed under the car as follows:
– Fit the bulb holder and lock it by turn-
– Remove the engine compartment cov- – Disconnect the connector (A- fig.
ing it clockwise.
er after turning the fastening pins. 50) from the light unit.
– Refit the engine compartment cover
– Turn counter-clockwise and remove – Turn the cover (B) counter-clockwise
and secure it by turning the fastening
the bulb holder (A- fig. 48), without and remove it.
pins.
disconnecting the connector.
– Disconnect the connector (C- fig.
– Remove the bulb (B- fig. 49) from 51) from the bulb.
the bulb holder, pushing it slightly and
– Release the clip and remove the bulb
turning it counter-clockwise.
(D- fig. 52).

A0D0080m

A0D0081m

A0D0082m
fig. 48 fig. 49 fig. 50

175
– Fit the new bulb in the headlight re- IMPORTANT The screw (E- fig. WARNING
flector making the notches coincide with 50) serves to adjust the beam of the
the corresponding grooves. foglights. The efficiency of the
lights will be decreased
– Lock the bulb with the clip. and may inconvenience other road
– Fit the connector to the bulb. users if the light units are not cor-
rectly adjusted. If in doubt contact
– Refit the cover and lock it by turning Alfa Romeo Authorized Services to
To adjust the front fog-
it clockwise. have them checked and adjusted if
lights contact Alfa
– Refit the light unit connector. Romeo Authorized Ser- necessary.
vices.

A0D0083m

A0D0084m
fig. 51 fig. 52

176
SIDE DIRECTION INDICATORS – Withdraw the bulb (E) which is of the Take care not to dam-
pressure-fitted type and replace it. age the bodywork or
To replace a bulb (Type A, 5W amber):
– Insert the bulb-holder (C) in the the transparent cover
– Push the transparent cover (fig. 53) when removing the side direction
transparent cover (D).
towards the rear of the car to compress indicator unit.
the tab (A-fig. 54). Release the catch Refit the unit firstly inserting the catch
(B) and remove the unit. (B-fig. 54) on the front part and then
pressing the rear part until the catch (A)
– Turn the bulb holder (C-fig. 55)
clicks into place.
counter-clockwise and remove it from the
transparent cover (D).

P4C00057
470PGSm

471PGSm

472PGSm
fig. 53 fig. 54 fig. 55

177
GUARDS AND SIDELIGHTS – Lower the lid (A-fig. 56) of the – Re-insert the bulb holder unit fasten-
boot trim corresponding with the light ing it correctly in place using the retainer
To replace the bulbs (Type B, 21W re-
concerned and remove the bulb holder catches (C-fig. 57).
versing light and rear fog guard, 5W side-
unit (B-fig. 57) releasing the retainer
light): – Shut the trim lid.
catch (C).
– Open the boot.
– Remove and replace the bulb con-
cerned (spherical with bayonet coupling)
pushing gently and turning counter-clock-
wise (fig. 58):
(D) Reversing light bulb
(E) Rear fog guard bulb
(F) Sidelight bulb.

P4C00057
611PGSm

606PGSm

607PGSm
fig. 56 fig. 57 fig. 58

178
DIRECTION INDICATORS AND – Re-insert the bulb holder unit correctly NUMBER PLATE LIGHTS
SIDE LIGHTS/STOP LIGHTS in place and fasten turning clockwise. (fig. 60-61-62)
(fig. 59) To replace the bulbs (Type A, 5W):
WARNING The rear direction indica- – Withdraw the number plate light unit
tors comprise leds integrated in the light releasing the catch (A-fig. 60) using a
unit: should they fail to operate, contact flat screwdriver protected with a soft
Authorized Alfa Romeo Services. cloth.
To replace the bulb (Type B, sidelight – Withdraw the unit (B-fig. 61).
5W/stop light 21W):
– Withdraw the bulb holder (C-

481PGSm
– Open the boot fig. 62) turning gently and replace the
– Remove the bulb holder (A- bulb (D) which is snap-fitted.
fig. 59) turning counter-clockwise. – Refit the bulb holder (C-fig. 62)
– Remove and replace the bulb (B) and the complete unit (B-fig. 61).
(spherical type with bayonet coupling)
pushing gently and turning counter-clock-
wise.

fig. 60
480PGSm

482PGSm

483PGSm
fig. 59 fig. 61 fig. 62

179
ADDITIONAL STOP LIGHT – Slacken the two screws fastening the – Slacken the four screws (F-fig. 66)
(3rd STOP) light unit (B-fig. 64) and remove it re- fastening the transparent cover.
leasing the two catches (C).
To replace the bulbs (Type A, 2.3 W): – Remove the transparent cover (G-
– Disconnect the connector (D- fig. 67) and replace the bulb concerned
– Remove the rubber caps (A- fig. 64) of the light unit.
fig. 63). – Refit the transparent cover locking it
– Slacken the two screws (E-fig. 65) with the screws (F-fig. 66).
and separate the light unit from the cov-
– Refit the cover on the light unit and
er.
fasten it with the screws (E-fig. 65).
– Connect the connector (D-fig. 64).

484PGSm

486PGSm
– Re-position the unit correctly firstly in-
serting the two catches (C-fig. 64) and
then tightening the fastening screws.
– Refit the protective caps (A-
fig. 63).

fig. 63 fig. 65
485PGSm

487PGSm

488PGSm
fig. 64 fig. 66 fig. 67

180
IF ONE OF THE – Refit the screen (B-fig. 69), firstly When refitting the roof
inserting the left side under the two stop- light ensure that the
INTERNAL LIGHTS pers then on the right side until the catch electrical wiring is cor-
GOES OUT clicks. (C-fig. 69). rectly arranged and does not in-
– Refit the roof light firstly inserting the terfere with the edges of the
front part, then pressing in the rear part light or retaining clips.
FRONT ROOF LIGHT
to fit it in place.
To replace the bulbs (Type B, 10W Halo-
gen):
– Remove the roof light (A-fig. 68)
levering in the point illustrated.
– Remove the screen (B-fig. 69)
firstly releasing it from the catch (C) on
the right and then from the two stoppers
on the left.
– Remove and replace the bulb con-
cerned (D-fig. 70) (tubular with bayo-
net coupling), pushing gently and turning
counter-clockwise.

632PGSm

607PGSm
631PGSm

fig. 68 fig. 69 fig. 70

181
REAR ROOF LIGHTS – Remove and replace the bulb (B-fig. COURTESY LIGHTS
72) (tubular with bayonet coupling) To replace the bulb (Type C, 5W):
To replace the bulbs (Type B, 5W):
pushing gently and turning counter-clock-
– Remove the roof light (A-fig. 71) wise. – Remove the light (A-fig. 73) lever-
levering in the point illustrated. ing in the point illustrated.
– Refit the roof light firstly hooking the
catch (C-fig. 72) and pressing on the
other side until the catch clicks into place
(D-fig. 72).

492PGSm

493PGSm

494PGSm
fig. 71 fig. 72 fig. 73

182
– Remove the screen (B-fig. 74) re- – Refit the light unit firstly inserting GLOVEBOX LIGHT
leasing it from the catches (C-fig. 74) from the side (E-fig. 75) and then
To replace the bulb (Type A, 5W):
pressing on the other side until the catch
– Remove the bulb (D-fig. 75)
clicks into place (F-fig. 75). – Remove the light pushing with a
pulling outwards and releasing from the
screwdriver on the tab (A-fig. 76)
side contacts.
– Press the sides of the bulb screen (B-
– Insert the new bulb making sure that
fig. 77) in correspondence with the two
it is positioned correctly and locked be-
fastening pins and turn it.
tween the contacts.
– Refit the screen (B-fig. 74) insert-
ing it correctly between the catches (C-
fig. 74).

P4C00057
495PGSm

496PGSm

630PGSm
fig. 74 fig. 75 fig. 76

183
– Change the bulb (C-fig. 77) which DOOR LIGHTS – Change the bulb (C-fig. 79) which
is pressure-fitted. is pressure-fitted.
To replace the bulb (Type A, 5W):
– Re-position the screen inserting the – Re-position the screen inserting the
– Remove the light pushing with a
two fastening pins. two fastening pins.
screwdriver on the tab (A-fig. 78).
– Re-install the light inserting it in the – Re-install the light inserting it firstly
– Press on the side of the screen (B-
correct position firstly on one side (D- on one side (D-fig. 78) and then push-
fig. 79) in correspondence with the two
fig. 76) and then pushing on the other ing on the other until the tab clicks.
fastening pins and turn it.
until the tab clicks.

629PGSm

627PGSm

502PGSm
628PGS
fig. 77 fig. 78 fig. 79

184
LUGGAGE COMPARTMENT – Lift the protection cover (B- fig. – Fit the new bulb locking it between
LIGHT 81). the two contacts.
To replace the bulb (Type C, 10W): – Remove the snap-fitted bulb (C- fig. – Lower the protection cover.
82).
– Remove the light levering on point – Refit the light by locking it in its seat.
(A- fig. 80) with a screwdriver.

A0D0085m

A0D0086m

A0D0087m
fig. 80 fig. 81 fig. 82

185
IN THE EVENT OF Never replace a dam- Before replacing a fuse
A BURNT FUSE aged fuse with anything check that the key has
other than an intact been removed from the
OR RELAY fuse. ignition and that all the services
are switched off and/or disen-
GENERALITIES (fig. 83) gaged.

When an electric device is no longer


WARNING
working, check that its fuse is intact.
Never replace a fuse
A - Intact fuse with another with a
B - Fuse with damaged filament. higher amp rating, DANGER OF
WARNING
Remove the fuse to be replaced using
the pincer (C) on the fusebox. If a fuse blows again con-
tact Alfa Romeo Autho-
Replace the fuse with another of the rized Services. The systems and de-
same rating and colour. vices protected by fuses are in
listed in the tables on next pages.
3290CAm

fig. 83

186
FUSES AND RELAYS IN THE In the upper part of the control unit The circuits operated by relays are the
CONTROL UNIT there is a pincer (C-fig. 85) for remov- following (fig. 86):
ing fuses.
The fuses for the main devices are A - Switch discharge relay
housed in a control unit under the dash- At the sides of the control unit there are
B - Headlight washer timer.
board, to the left of the steering column. some spare fuses (C-fig. 86); after re-
placing a fuse you are advised to replen-
Access to it is gained slackening the ish the stock of fuses when they are
knob (A-fig. 84) and lowering the pan- used.
el (B).
The systems and devices protected by
The graphic symbols which distinguish fuses are in listed in the tables on next
the main electric component correspond- pages.
ing to each fuse are given on a label on
the inner wall of the panel.

A0D0145m
511bPGSm
511aPGSm

fig. 84 fig. 85 fig. 86

187
FUSES AND RELAYS IN To gain access to the box, remove the IMPORTANT The arrangement of the
ENGINE BAY cover (A-fig. 87), releasing it from the relays may vary depending on the ver-
retaining clips. sions and markets. In the event of a sus-
The fuses and relays in the engine bay pected anomaly, contact Alfa Romeo Au-
are housed: The devices protected by the fuses in
thorized Services.
the engine bay are listed in the tables on
– In a box set next to the left side pan- next pages.
el (fig. 88).
– On a bracket set behind the left
headlight (fig. 91).

A0D0095m
A0D0093m

fig. 87 fig. 88 A0D0094m fig. 89

188
Circuits operated by relays are the fol- L. Fuel pump Circuits operated by relays are the fol-
lowing (fig. 89): lowing (fig. 91):
M. Electronic injection main relay
A. Dipped beam headlight – Brown base relay: additional heater
N. Starter motor
(JTD versions)
B. Climate control fan
P. Diesel filter warming (JTD versions)
– Black base relay: engine cooling radi-
C. Horn
JTD versions (two-fan): engine cooling ator relay, high speed (JTD versions).
D. Front fog light radiator (low speed)
F.. Petrol versions (single fan): engine To gain access to relays on the bracket
cooling radiator (high speed) set behind the left headlight (fig. 91),
remove the cover (A-fig. 90) after
JTD versions (two-fan): engine cooling
turning the fastening pins (B).
radiator (high speed)
G. Conditioner compressor
H. Petrol versions: engine cooling radia-
tor (low speed)
JTD versions (two-fan): engine cooling
radiator (high speed)

A0D0110m
A0D0096m fig. 91
fig. 90

189
FUSES AND RELAYS IN THE IMPORTANT The arrangement of the Circuits operated by relays are the fol-
BOOT relays may vary depending on the ver- lowing (fig. 93):
sions and markets. In the event of a sus-
Fuses and relays are housed in the A. Air mixing actuator, climate control
pected anomaly, contact Alfa Romeo Au-
right-hand side of the boot are housed in unit, additional heater control (JTD ver-
thorized Services.
a box, in the recess closed by cover (A- sions)
fig. 92). B. Rearscreen heating relay
To open the cover turn the knob (B). C. Seat warming control, elec-
The devices protected by the fuses in trochromic driving mirror, sun visor light,
the boot are listed in the tables on next rain sensor, parking sensor control unit,
pages. door mirror control light, remote control
receiver, alarm system control unit, dri-
ver's power window control LOCK warn-

A0D0097m
ing light
D. Windscreen heating, door mirror de-
frosting
E. Front seat warming, rear current
socket, front seat electric adjustment,
powered sunroof
F. Direction indicators, trailer presetting
A0D0111m

518PGS
fig. 92 fig. 93

190
External lights Fuse no. Ampere Location System/Component Fuse no. Ampere Location

Brake lights (switch) 9 5A fig. 86 ABI control unit 13 10A fig. 86


1 15A fig. 86
ABI control unit – Central locking 19 20A fig. 93
Direction indicators 12 10A fig. 93
External lights (control) 5 10A fig. 86 ABI control unit – Front LH power window 18 20A fig. 93

Front fog lights 16 15A fig. 89 ABI control unit – Front RH power window 3 20A fig. 93
Headlights and headlight position ABI control unit – Rear LH power window 14 20A fig. 93
sensor (gas discharge headlights) 6 7.5A fig. 86
IGE control unit: ABI control unit – Rear RH power window 17 20A fig. 93
- brake light switch 1 15A fig. 86 ABS control unit 9 5A fig. 86
- brake lights 9 5A fig. 86 7 40A fig. 89
- headlight spot 11 15A fig. 86 3 40A fig. 89
- left side lights 17 10A fig. 86
- rear light units 15 10A fig. 86 Additional heater (JTD versions) 17 20A fig. 89
- right side lights 8 10A fig. 86 13 10A fig. 93
Left dipped beam headlight 12 15A fig. 89 Alarm system (control unit) 12 10A fig. 93
Reversing lights (only versions with 15 10A fig. 93
manual gearbox) 13 10A fig. 86
Alfa Romeo Code System 20 5A fig. 86
Right dipped beam headlight 10 15A fig. 89 16 5A fig. 86

Internal lights Fuse no. Ampere Location Cell phone (handset) 18 5A fig. 86
5 10A fig. 86
Dashboard light dimmer 5 10A fig. 86
Central locking (ABI control unit) 19 20A fig. 93
Door mirror control light 15 10A fig. 93
Glovebox light 5 10A fig. 86 Cigar lighter 7 20A fig. 86

Seat warming control light 15 10A fig. 93 Climate control fan 2 30A fig. 89
Sun visor lights 15 10A fig. 93 Climate control unit 19 5A fig. 86

191
System/Component Fuse no. Ampere Location System/Component Fuse no. Ampere Location

Conditioner compressor 13 7.5A fig. 89 Engine cooling radiator fan 5 40A fig. 89

Cruise Control 5 10A fig. 86 EOBD system (socket) 18 5A fig. 86

Diesel fuel filter warming 23 30A fig. 89 Front LH power window


(JTD versions) 5 40A fig. 89 (ABI control unit) 18 20A fig. 93

Door mirror defrosting 2 7.5A fig. 93 Front RH power window


(ABI control unit) 3 20A fig. 93
Electrochromic driving mirror 15 10A fig. 93
Front LH seat electric adjustment 6 30A fig. 93
Electronic injection control unit 20 10A fig. 89
21 15A fig. 89 Front RH seat electric adjustment 5 30A fig. 93
22 20A fig. 89 Front LH seat warming 9 10A fig. 93
Electronic injection system 16 5A fig. 86 Front RH seat warming 8 10A fig. 93
Engine control unit 18 7.5A fig. 89 Fuel pump 19 15A fig. 89
Engine cooling control unit 16 5A fig. 86 Fuel pump relay coil
(engine bay box) 16 5A fig. 86
Engine cooling radiator fan 4 60A fig. 89
Glow plug (JTD versions) 8 60A fig. 89
Headlight washer (intermittent) 12 20A fig. 86
Horns 11 15A fig. 89
I.C.S. system 5 10A fig. 86
6 7.5A fig. 86
7 20A fig. 86
18 5A fig. 86
Instrument panel 6 7.5A fig. 86
18 5A fig. 86

192
System/Component Fuse no. Ampere Location System/Component Fuse no. Ampere Location

Navigator 18 5A fig. 86 Rearscreen heating 1 30A fig. 93

Parking sensors (control unit) 15 10A fig. 93 Relay coil T21, T22, T23 (boot box) 3 5A fig. 86

Power windows (driver's control Relay coil T24 (boot box) 5 10A fig. 86
LOCK warning light) 15 10A fig. 93 Remote control receiver 15 10A fig. 93
Powered sunroof 10 20A fig. 93 Sound amplifier 20 25A fig. 93

Presetting 4 – fig. 93 Sound system 4 15A fig. 86


11 – fig. 93
Sound system controls on steering wheel 5 10A fig. 86
Rain sensor 15 10A fig. 93 Starter motor 1 30A fig. 89
Rear current socket 16 20A fig. 93 Trailer presetting 12 10A fig. 93
Rear LH power window (ABI control unit) 14 20A fig. 93 Windscreen heating 7 15A fig. 93
Rear RH power window (ABI control unit) 17 20A fig. 93 Windscreen wiper 14 25A fig. 86

193
IN THE EVENT to reach the battery. Just rotate the key – Switch off all the not strictly neces-
wider simultaneously pressing on the bon- sary electric devices.
OF A FLAT BATTERY net edge by the hand.
– Connect a jump lead to the positive
terminals (1-fig. 96) of the two batter-
STARTING WITH AN IMPORTANT Apply a moderate pres-
ies (+ sign next to the terminal).
sure only on the bonnet edge, immediate-
AUXILIARY BATTERY
ly above the lock. – Connect another jump lead to the
If the battery is flat, it is possible to start the negative terminals (2) of both batteries
On versions without navigation system and
engine using an auxiliary battery (B-fig. (– sign next to the terminal).
without CD player, access to the battery is
96) with the same electrical characteristics
gained by slackening the knob (A-fig. 94) – Start the engine.
as the original battery (A-fig. 96) (see
and removing the battery cover.
chapter “Technical specifications”). – When the engine has started, remove
On versions with navigation system and the cables reversing the sequence de-
The battery is housed on the left-hand
/or CD player, access to the battery is scribed for connecting them.
side of the boot, protected by a cover.
gained by slackening the knobs (A-fig.
– If after a few attempts, the engine
If the battery is low, the servocontrol 95) and removing the cover (B).
fails to start, do not insist pointlessly and
operating when the luggage compart-
Starting with an auxiliary battery does contact the nearest Authorized Alfa
ment opens from inside or by the key
not damages the Alfa Romeo CODE sys- Romeo Services.
does not work. However, it is always pos-
tem and must be carried out as follows:
sible to open the luggage compartment

A0D0107m
341PGSm

3052CAm
A

fig. 94 fig. 95 fig. 96

194
At the end of the operation refit the bat- WARNING Never use a quick bat-
tery cover. tery charger to start
This starting procedure
must be carried out by the engine in an emer-
IMPORTANT If the battery was com- gency as this could damage the
qualified personnel as incorrect op-
pletely drained, it may be necessary to electronic systems of your vehi-
erations may provoke electrical
carry out the Alfa Romeo I.C.S. “self- cle, particularly the control units
discharge of great intensity. The
teaching” operation as follows: which manage the starting and
liquid contained in the battery is
– Let the engine idle to allow the bat- supply functions.
toxic and corrosive. Avoid contact
tery to recharge and make sure it will with skin and eyes.
start next time. Keep naked flame, and lighted cig-
– Switch the engine off. arettes away from the battery. Do The batter y terminal
not cause sparks. connecting and discon-
– Turn the ignition key to MAR and necting operations gen-
leave it in this position for 30 seconds to erate current that may cause
1 minute, then turn it to STOP for about problems to the car’s electronic
5 to 10 seconds, after which the engine systems. Therefore, this opera-
can be started. tion should be carried out by
To avoid damaging the skilled personnel.
vehicle’s electrical sys-
tem follow the manu-
facturer’s system instructions ac-
companying the jump leads. The
jump leads must be of a suffi-
cient cross-section and long
enough to ensure that the two
vehicles do not touch.

195
IF THE VEHICLE To install the tow ring, proceed as fol- Using the flat bladed side protected with
lows: a soft cloth, insert the screwdriver on the
IS TO BE TOWED upper part of the cap and press gently to
– Take the tow ring from the tool con-
prise the catch from its housing.
tainer.
Towing the vehicle (fig. 97) – Firmly screw the ring (B-fig. 99) in
– Remove the cover (A-fig. 98) s-
The rings for towing the vehicle are its housing.
nap-fitted on the rear bumper as follows:
housed in the right and left lower part of
the underbody. Take the screwdriver from the tool con-
tainer in the boot, under the trim.
Towing another vehicle
(fig. 98-99) WARNING
The tow ring supplied with the vehicle is Make sure that the tow
housed in the tool container under the ring is firmly tightened (it
boot mat. must be turned about 8 times in its
threaded housing); carefully clean
the threaded housing before tight-
ening the ring.
A0D0088m

A0D0089m

A0D0090m
448PGS

fig. 97 fig. 98 fig. 99

196
WARNING IF THE VEHICLE WARNING
Before beginning to tow IS TO BE LIFTED The purpose of the jack is
the car, turn the ignition only for replacing wheels
key to MAR and then to STOP, do on the car with which it is provided
not remove it. Removing the key USING THE JACK or on cars of the same model. It
automatically engages the steering See paragraph “In the event of a punc- must never be used for other pur-
lock resulting in the impossibility ture” of this chapter. poses such as for example raising
to steer the wheels. When towing cars of other models. In no case
remember that without the help of You are informed that. must it be used for repairs under
the servobrake and power steer- – the jack mass is 2.100 kg; the car.
ing, it is necessary to exert more
– the jack requires no adjustment;
effort on the brake pedal and for
steering. Do not use flexible cables – the jack cannot be repaired and in
for towing and avoid jerks. During case of breakage it must be replaced by
towing operations make sure that another original one. WARNING
fastening the joint to the car does The car may fall if the
– no tool other than its cranking lever
not damage the components in jack is not positioned cor-
may be installed on the jack.
contact with it. When towing the rectly. Never use the jack for
car it is compulsory to comply with higher capacities than the one
the specific traffic regulations con- stated on its label.
cerning both the towing device and
behaviour on the road.

197
USING AN ARM LIFT OR The car is to be lifted IN THE EVENT
WORKSHOP LIFT positioning the jack or
the workshop lift arm
OF AN ACCIDENT
The vehicle must only be lifted laterally
positioning the ends of the arms or the plate only in the points shown
workshop lift in the areas (1-2) illustrat- (1-2 fig. 100). – It is important to keep calm.
ed, approx. 30 cm from the profile of the Between the lift plate and the – If you are not directly involved, stop
wheelhouse (fig. 100). body interpose a rubber pad at a distance of at least ten metres from
with a maximum size of 60x60 the accident.
mm and maximum thickness of
– On the motorway stop without ob-
30 mm. The pad should insert in
structing the emergency lane.
the special recess on the under
door panel, without interfering – Turn off the engine and switch on the
with it. hazard warning lights.
– At night, light the place of the acci-
dent with your headlights.
– Take care not to put yourself in dan-
ger of being run over.
– Signal the accident placing the reflect-

A0D0040m
ing triangle plainly in view at the regula-
tion distance.
– Call the rescue organisation giving in-
formation as exact as possible. On motor-
ways use the special call boxes.
– In motorway pileups, especially with
poor visibility, the risk exists of being in-
volved in other crashes. Leave the vehi-
cle immediately and go over the guard
rail.
fig. 100

198
– If the doors are blocked, do not try to IF THERE ARE INJURED FIRST AID KIT
get out of the car breaking the wind- PERSONS In addition to the first-aid kit, it is also
screen which is stratified. The windows
– Never abandon an injured person. wise to keep an extinguisher and a blan-
and rearscreen can easily be broken.
Persons not directly involved in an acci- ket in the car.
– Remove the ignition key from the ve- dent are obliged to give their help.
hicles involved.
– Do not crowd around injured people.
– If you smell fuel or other chemical
products, do not smoke and stub ciga- – Reassure an injured person that help
rettes. is on the way, stay near to cope with any
panic.
– To put our even small fires use the ex-
tinguisher, blankets, sand, earth. Never – Release or cut the seat belts of in-
use water. jured persons.
– Do not give injured persons to drink.
– An injured person should never be
moved, except in the cases listed below.
– Remove an injured person from the
vehicle only in danger of fire, sinking or
falling.
– When removing an injured person: do
not pull the limbs or bend the head and
keep the body as horizontal as possible.

199
CAR MAINTENANCE
The best way to preserve the performance and safety characteris- PROGRAMMED MAINTENANCE .............................................................. page 202
tics of your vehicle is to have it periodically inspected and main- PROGRAMMED MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE.................................................... 204
tained. ANNUAL INSPECTION PLAN .............................................................................. 206
CHECKING LEVELS ................................................................................................ 209
It may often be necessary to perform the maintenance op- AIR CLEANER ........................................................................................................... 218
erations marked with the symbol illustrated previously in order to DIESEL FILTER ......................................................................................................... 219
avoid invalidation of the warranty cover.
DUST/POLLEN FILTER........................................................................................... 219
The following pages contain the Programmed Maintenance Sched- BATTERY .................................................................................................................... 219
ule and describe the most common checks and inspections which ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNITS............................................................................ 223
are fundamental to a correct maintenance schedule. SPARK PLUGS.......................................................................................................... 224
These operations should be carried out at the intervals indicated in WINDSCREEN WIPER BLADES ............................................................................ 224
the Programmed Maintenance Schedule. SPRAY JETS .............................................................................................................. 225
BODYWORK ............................................................................................................. 225
INTERIOR FITTINGS ............................................................................................... 228

201
PROGRAMMED WARNING WARNING
MAINTENANCE The jack with which the Ensure that scarves, ties
vehicle is fitted must on- and loose clothing cannot
ly be used when changing a wheel. get caught by moving parts.
PRECAUTIONS All other operations where the ve-
Many moving parts, high voltage cables hicle must be lifted require the use
and parts that reach high temperatures of specific procedures and should
which may cause serious injury to unquali- be carried out by Alfa Romeo Au-
fied persons are located in the engine thorized Services.
compartment. WARNING
DANGER-SERIOUS INJU-
The following precautions should there-
RY. When carrying out
fore be taken:
checks or maintenance operations
– Switch off the engine and wait until in the engine compartment, take
it cools. Vehicle maintenance special care not to bump the head
– Be particularly cautious when work- should be entrusted to on the raised bonnet.
ing near the engine cooling fan as this an Alfa Romeo Author-
may cut in unexpectedly on the basis of ized Service. For interventions of
the engine coolant temperature. routine maintenance and small
repairs you wish to carry out
– Do not smoke or use naked flame. your-self, make sure you always
– Always keep a fire extinguisher to have the proper equipment, gen- WARNING
hand. uine Alfa Romeo spare parts and Never smoke when
the necessary liquids; do not, working in the engine
– Do not use the jack supplied with the however, carry out these opera-
car for checking underneath it. compartment: inflammable gas and
tions if you have no experience. vapours may be present which con-
stitute a fire hazard.

202
If the car is frequently GENERALITIES It is possible to ask the Alfa Romeo Or-
used for towing trailers, ganisation for an estimate of the cost of
Perfect performance and the life of eve-
the interval between service coupon operations.
ry car are strictly connected with correct
programmed maintenance opera- use of it, but above all on the care with
tions should be reduced. IMPORTANT You are advised to con-
which routine maintenance operations are
tact Alfa Romeo Authorized Services in
carried out for which new programming
the event of any minor operating faults,
criteria have been adopted owing to prod-
without waiting for the next service cou-
uct development.
pon.
The mileage for programmed mainte-
nance coupons is 20,000 km. IMPORTANT The programmed main-
tenance coupons are specified by the
It is however wise to remember that the
Manufacturer. The failure to have them
car still needs routine care such as for in-
carried out may invalidate the warranty.
stance checking and topping up the
Warning, when topping fluids, checking the tyre pressure, etc.
up never confuse the Correct vehicle maintenance is surely
various types of fluids the best way to preserve its performance
which are incompatible and could levels, safety and environment protection
seriously damage the vehicle. features and low running costs over the
years.
Also remember that strictly observing
the maintenance instructions given in this
Handbook marked by the symbol —
can be a necessary condition for the guar-
antee.

203
PROGRAMMED MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
thousands of kilometres 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 160 180

Check tyre conditions/wear and adjust pressure if required ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●


Check light system operation (headlights, direction indicators, hazard lights, boot lights,
passenger compartment lights, glovebox lights, warning lights, etc.) ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●
Check windscreen wiper/washer operation, adjust nozzles if required ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●
Check windscreen/rear window blade position/wear ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●
Check front disk brake pad conditions and wear and wear indicator operation ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●
Check rear disk brake pad conditions and wear ● ● ● ●
Sight inspect the conditions of: body external parts, underbody protection, pipes and hoses
(exhaust - fuel - brakes), rubber parts (boots, sleeves, bushes, etc.) ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●
Check cleanness of locks, bonnet and boot and lever cleanness and lubrication ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●
Check condition of timing drive belt ● ●
Sight check for conditions of Poly-V accessory drive belt ● ●
Check and adjust handbrake lever stroke ● ● ● ●
Check engine exhaust emissions (petrol versions) ● ● ● ●
Check exhaust emissions/smoke (diesel versions) ● ● ● ●
Check antievaporation system (petrol versions) ● ●

204
thousands of kilometres 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 160 180

Change fuel filter (diesel versions) • • • • • • • • •


Change air cleaner cartridge (petrol versions) • • • •
Change air cleaner cartridge (diesel versions) • • • • • • • • •
Check and top up, if required, fluid levels (brakes/hydraulic clutch, power steering,
windscreen washer, battery, engine coolant, etc.) • • • • • • • • •
Replacement of timing gear drive belt (*) and Poly-V accessory drive belt •
Replacement of spark plugs (petrol versions) •
Check operation of engine control systems (through diagnostics socket) • • • •
Check manual gearbox and differential oil level (petrol versions) • •
Change engine oil and oil filter • • • • • • • • •
Change brake fluid (or every 24 months) • • •
Check dust/pollen filter • • • • • • • • •
(*) Or every 4 years in harsh conditions (cold climates, stop and go city traffic).
Or every 5 years, regardless of the mileage.

205
ANNUAL INSPECTION – Sight inspect the conditions of: en- ADDITIONAL OPERATIONS
gine, gearbox, transmission, pipes and
PLAN hoses (exhaust - fuel - brakes), rubber
Every 1000 km or before long jour-
neys check and if necessary top up:
parts (boots, sleeves, bushes, etc.).
An annual inspection plan has – the engine coolant fluid level
– Check for bonnet and boot lock clean-
been established for cars that cov- ness, lever cleanness and lubrication. – brake fluid/hydraulic clutch control
er less than 20,000 km a year fluid level
(e.g. 10,000 km). It consists of – Check battery charge and fluid level
the following: (electrolyte). – power steering fluid level
– Checking the condition/wear of tyres, – Visually checking the condition of the – windscreen washer and headlamp
and adjusting pressure (including the com- belts and various controls. washer fluid level
pact spare wheel, where applicable). – Checking and topping up, if neces- – tyre pressure and conditions.
– Checking the lighting system (head- sary, the level of liquids (coolant, brake
fluid, windscreen washer fluid, battery – check light system operation (head-
lights, turn indicators, hazard warning
etc.). lights, direction indicators, hazard lights,
lights, boot light, passenger compart-
etc.).
ment, warning lights of instrument panel,
– Change engine oil and oil filter, if re-
etc.). – check windscreen wiper/washer op-
quired.
– Checking the working order of the eration and windscreen/rear window
windscreen wiper-washer and adjusting – Check and replace pollen filter, if re- blade position/wear.
the nozzles. quired.
Every 3000 km check the level of
– Checking the positioning/wear of the – Check and replace air cleaner, if re- the engine oil and top up if necessary.
windscreen wipers. quired.
Every 5000 km (only for fuel oil en-
– Checking the condition and wear of gines): drain the condensation water
the front brake pad. from the filter. You are recommended to
use products of the FL Selenia, de-
signed and developed expressly for Alfa
Romeo cars (see the table “Fluids and lu-
bricants” in the Technical specifications”
chapter).

206
IMPORTANT - Engine oil IMPORTANT - Fuel oil filter IMPORTANT - Batteries
Change the engine oil more frequently The variety of the degree of purity of You are recommended to have the bat-
than stated in the Scheduled Mainte- the fuel oil in commerce may make it tery charge conditions checked, prefer-
nance Programme if the car is used pre- necessary to change the fuel oil filter ably at the onset of winter, to avoid the
vailingly in one of the following particular- more frequently than stated in the Sched- possibility of freezing the electrolyte.
ly harsh conditions: uled Maintenance Programme. If the en-
This check should be carried out more
– trailer or caravan towing gine is “sobbing” it is a sign that the fil-
frequently if the car is used prevailingly
ter needs changing.
– dusty roads for short journeys, or if it is fitted with
services that absorb high amounts of cur-
– short, repeated journeys (less than 7-
IMPORTANT - Pollen filter rent permanently with the ignition key
8 km) with an outside temperature of be-
off, especially if installed in the after mar-
low freezing point. If the car is used frequently in dusty or ket.
– engine idling frequently or driving heavily polluted environments, you are
long distances at low speed (e.g. taxi or recommended to change the activated In the case of use of the car in hot cli-
door-to-door deliveries) or in the case of carbon filtering element more frequently; mates or particularly harsh conditions, it
prolonged inactivity. in particular, it should be changed if a is wise to check the level of the battery
lower flow of air admitted to the passen- fluid (electrolyte) at more frequent inter-
ger compartment is noted. vals than stated in the Scheduled Mainte-
nance Programme.
IMPORTANT - Air cleaner
Using the car on dusty roads, change
the air cleaner more frequently than stat- IMPORTANT - Remote control
ed in the Scheduled Maintenance Pro-
If when pressing the remote control but-
gramme.
ton of the key, the operating led on the
For any doubts about the intervals be- key flashes briefly only once, the battery
tween engine oil and air cleaner changes need replacing with other of the same
in relation to how the car is used, contact type.
Authorised Alfa Romeo Services.

207
WARNING When topping up take Vehicle maintenance
Never smoke during care not to confuse the should be entrusted to
work in the engine com- various types of fluids: the Alfa Romeo Service
partment: there is the possibility they are all incompatible and Network. For ordinary and minor
of inflammable gas and vapours could seriously damage the car. operations you can do yourself,
with the risk of fire. always make sure you have ade-
quate tools, original Alfa Romeo
spares and the correct fluids. Do
not carry out these operations if
you have no experience.

If the vehicle is fre-


quently used for towing
trailers, the interval be-
tween one programmed mainte-
nance and the next should be re-
duced.

208
CHECKING LEVELS

3.2 V6 24V version

k n
1) engine oil
4) engine coolant
fluid

π
2) brake and
clutch fluid


+ 5) power steering
fluid
3) windscreen
washer fluid
A0D0099m

fig. 1

209
JTD 20V Multijet version

k n
1) engine oil
4) engine coolant
fluid

π
2) brake and
clutch fluid


+ 5) power steering
fluid
3) windscreen
washer fluid
A0D0112m

fig. 2

210
PROTECTIVE SHIELD UNDER CHECKING ENGINE OIL LEVEL The interval between the MIN and MAX
ENGINE marks corresponds to approximately 1
Fig. 3: 3.2 V6 24V version
litre of oil.
The car is fitted with a protective shield Fig. 4: JTD 20V Multijet version
under the engine. Max. engine oil consumption is usually
The engine oil level should be checked 400 grams every 1000 km.
IMPORTANT When changing the en- when the vehicle is standing on a level
gine oil and filter, checking and changing When the car is new, the engine needs
surface a few minutes (about 5) after the
the gearbox and differential oil, this pro- to run in, therefore the engine oil con-
engine has been switched off.
tection should be removed. This operation sumption can only be considered sta-
should be carried out by Alfa Romeo Au- Remove the dipstick (A), clean it, then bilised after the first 5000-6000 km.
thorized Services. re-insert it completely, remove it once again
and check that the level is between the
MIN and MAX marks on the dipstick.

A0D0113m
fig. 3 - 3.2 V6 24V version 424PGSm fig. 4 - JTD 20V Multijet version

211
The oil consumption depends on driving TOPPING UP ENGINE OIL IMPORTANT After topping up the en-
style and the conditions under which the gine oil, before checking the level, run the
Fig. 5: 3.2 V6 24V version
car is used. engine a few seconds and wait for a few
Fig. 6: JTD 20V Multijet version minutes (approx. 5) after stopping it.
When the level falls to the MIN mark,
cap (B) should be removed and the sys-
tem topped up to the MAX mark through
the filler neck.
Do not exceed the MAX mark when top-
ping up with engine oil.
WARNING
To avoid burns particular
care should be taken
when working inside the engine
compartment when the engine is
warm.

A0D0114m
556PGSm
fig. 5 - 3.2 V6 24V version fig. 6 - JTD 20V Multijet version

212
WARNING Never add oil with WARNING
Remember that when the characteristics (classifi- Never exceed the MAX
engine is warm the elec- cation, viscosity) which level when topping up or
tric fan, which is operated on the are different from those of the changing engine oil. Too much en-
basis of the engine coolant tem- oil already in the circuit. gine oil would cause it to be tak-
perature, could cut-in automatical- en in through the blow-by cylinder.
ly and cause injury. For JTD versions this can rapidly in-
crease the engine speed (no longer
controllable, in this case, by re-
leasing the accelerator pedal and
moving the ignition key to STOP)
and damage to the engine with the
risk of seizing or fire.

213
CHECKING AND TOPPING-UP Top up only with the WARNING
ENGINE COOLANT (fig. 7) same fluid contained in The cooling system is
Periodically check that the level of fluid the cooling circuit. pressurised. If necessary
in the expansion tank when cold and with replace the cap only with another
the car on level ground, is between original one, otherwise the effi-
“MIN” and “MAX”. ciency of the system could be com-
If the level is too low, unscrew cap (A) promised.
on the expansion tank and top-up.

WARNING The antifreeze mixture


To avoid being burnt, contained in the cooling
when the engine is hot do circuit guarantees pro-
tection down to –35°C.
not remove the cap from the ex-
pansion tank.
A0D0100m

fig. 7

214
CHECKING POWER STEERING On JTD 20V Multijet versions access to TOPPING UP THE POWER
OIL LEVEL the reservoir is gained by removing the cov- STEERING OIL
er (A-fig. 8) after turning the fastening
Fig. 8: JTD 20V Multijet version pins withdraw the tube (B-fig. 9). If the level of the oil in the power steer-
ing reservoir falls below the specified lev-
Fig. 9: JTD 20V Multijet version Slacken the cap (C-fig. 9-10) and el, top up only with one of the products
Fig. 10: 3.2 V6 24V version check that the level corresponds to the listed in he table of “Fluids and lubri-
reference notch of the maximum level on cants” in the “Technical specifications”
Check that the oil in the reservoir is at the dipstick which is an integral part of chapter as follows.
the maximum level. the cap.
– Start the engine and allow the oil in
This operation must be carried out with the reservoir to settle.
the car on level ground and when the en-
gine is stationary and cold. – When the engine is running turn the
steering wheel lock to lock a few times.
– Top up the MAX level notch and then
A0D0115m replace the cover.

A0D0116m

A0D0101m
fig. 8 - JTD 20V Multijet version fig. 9 - JTD 20V Multijet version fig. 10 - 3.2 V6 24V version

215
On JTD 20V Multijet versions insert the CHECKING AND TOPPING UP IMPORTANT For this operation it is
tube on the cap and refit the cover fasten- THE BRAKE AND CLUTCH however recommended to contact Alfa
ing with the three screws. FLUID (fig. 11) Romeo Authorised Services.
Check that the fluid level in the reservoir From time to time check the instrument
is at maximum. Top up with the brake flu- panel warning light by pressing cover (B)
id specified in the table “Fluids and lubri- of the reservoir (A) (with the ignition
cants” (see section “Technical Specifica- key at MAR) the instrument warning
Oil consumption is very tions "). panel light x should come on.
low; if topping up again
NOTE Clean accurately the tank cap A
is needed shortly after-
and the surrounding surface. When open-
wards, have the system checked
ing the cap take the utmost care to pre- When the cap (B) is
for possible leaks by Alfa Romeo
vent impurities entering the tank. When screwed off the reser-
Authorized services.
topping up, always use a funnel with voir ensure that the
built-in filter with mesh equal to or lower electrical connections are not dis-
than 0.12 mm. connected. Make sure that the
highly corrosive brake fluid
does not drip onto the paint-
IMPORTANT Contact Alfa Romeo Au-
work. If it does, wash it off
thorized Services for maintenance and re-
immediately with water.
pair operations.

A0D0102m
WARNING
Do not allow power
steering fluid to touch hot
engine parts: it is inflammable.

fig. 11

216
WARNING CHECKING AND TOPPING UP WARNING
THE WINDSCREEN/HEADLIGHT
Symbol π on the con- Some commercial addi-
WASHER FLUID (fig. 12-13)
tainer indicates synthetic tives for windscreen
type brake fluid distinguishing it Access to the windscreen/headlight washers are inflammable. The en-
from the mineral kind. Using min- washer fluid reservoir, remove the cover gine compartment contains hot com-
eral type fluids damages the spe- (A-fig. 12) after turning the pins (B). ponents which could set it on fire.
cial rubber braking system gaskets Then remove the cap (C-fig. 13) and
beyond repair. pour the fluid in the tank until the level
can be seen through the filler neck.
Then close the filler with the cap and re- To avoid damaging the
WARNING fit the cover fastening with the two pins. pump motor do not use
Brake and clutch fluid is the windscreen washers
poisonous and corrosive. when the reservoir is empty.
In the event of contact wash the
parts concerned immediately with
neutral soap and water, then rinse
thoroughly. See a doctor at once if
the fluid is swallowed.

A0D0103m

A0D0104m
fig. 12 fig. 13

217
WARNING AIR CLEANER When the car is habitu-
Do not travel with the ally driven in dusty ar-
windscreen washer eas, the cleaner should
The air cleaner is connected to the tem-
reservoir empty: the action of the be changed at shorter intervals
perature and air flow sensors which send
windscreen washer is fundamental than those given in the Pro-
the electrical signals needed for correct
for improving vision. grammed Maintenance Schedule.
operation of the injection and ignition sys-
tem to the control unit.
It must therefore always be in perfect
conditions to ensure correct operation of Any attempt to clean
the engine, low consumption and exhaust the air cleaner may
IMPORTANT When topping up use emission levels. cause serious engine
the special detergents available in the damage.
shops ensuring that they contain antis-
cale and antifreeze properties.
If in doubt contact Alfa Romeo Autho-
rized Services who will be able to recom-
mend the most suitable products. If they are not carried
out correctly and with
the due precautions, the
operations involving cleaner re-
placement described herein may
compromise the safety of the
car. This operation should be car-
ried out by Alfa Romeo Autho-
rized Services.

218
DIESEL FILTER DUST/POLLEN FILTER BATTERY
DRAINING CONDENSATION The filter mechanically/electrostatically The battery is housed on the left-hand
WATER filters the air provided that the windows side of the boot, protected by a cover.
are shut.
On versions without navigation system
Water in the supply cir- The dust/pollen filter should be checked and without CD player, access to the bat-
cuit can seriously dam- over once a year by Alfa Romeo Autho- tery is gained by slackening the knob
age the whole injection rized Service station preferably at the be- (A-fig. 14) and removing the battery
system and cause malfunctions ginning of the summer. cover.
to engine operation. Should the
warning lamp c , contact as If the vehicle is habitually driven in On versions with navigation system and
soon as possible the Alfa Romeo cities, motorways or on dusty roads the /or CD player, access to the battery is
Authorised Service for drainage system should be checked over more of- gained by slackening the knobs (A-fig.
operations. ten than specified in the Programmed 15) and removing the cover (B).
Maintenance Schedule.

IMPORTANT If the filter is not re-


placed the efficiency of the climate con-
trol system may be seriously compro-
mised.

341PGSm
fig. 14

219
The battery adopted is of the “Limited The batteries contain Serious damage may be
Maintenance” type and under normal substances which are caused to the vehicle if
conditions of use will not require topping extremely harmful to electrical accessories
up. the environment. Alfa Romeo are incorrectly installed. If, after
The level of the electrolyte solution Authorized Services should be purchasing your vehicle, you
must however be between the MIN and contacted when equipped to dis- wish to install accessories (theft
MAX reference marks when the vehicle is pose of the batteries respecting alarm, voice feature, satellite ra-
stationary on a level surface (fig. 16). both the environment and legal dio-navigator with antitheft
requirements. function, etc.) contact Alfa
Romeo Authorized Ser vices
whose qualified personnel in ad-
dition to being able to recom-
mend the most suitable devices
If the level is low, con- from Lineaccessori will determine
tact Alfa Romeo Autho- whether it will be necessary to
A0D0107m
rized Services. install a more powerful battery.

3101CAm
If the car is to remain
stationary for a long
time in very cold weath-
er, remove the battery and take it
to a warm place, otherwise it
might freeze.

fig. 15 fig. 16

220
WARNING CHARGING THE BATTERY – Disconnect the terminals of the elec-
IMPORTANT The description of the tric system from the battery poles.
When doing any work on
the battery or near it, al- battery charging procedure is described – Connect the charger cables to the bat-
ways wear special protective gog- only for informative purposes. This opera- tery.
gles. tion should be carried out by Authorized
Alfa Romeo Services. – Turn on the charger.

Charging should be slow at a low amp – After charging turn off the charger be-
rating for about 24 hours. Charging for a fore disconnecting it from the battery.
WARNING longer time may damage the battery. – Re-connect the terminals to the bat-
tery poles correctly.
Working with the fluid Charge the battery as follows:
level too low damages – Turn the ignition key to MAR and
– If the car is fitted with an alarm sys- leave it in this position for 30 seconds to
the battery irreparably, even tem, turn off the alarm with the remote
breaking the body and completely 1 minute, then turn to STOP for about 5
control and deactivate the system turning to 10 seconds, after which the engine
leaking the acid contained. the emergency key to “OFF” (see “Elec- can be started.
tronic alarm” in the chapter “Getting to
know your car”). – Remember to reactivate the alarm
system (if present) turning the emer-
gency switch to “ON”.
The wrong electric and
electronic accessory in-
stallation may cause se-
vere vehicle damages.

221
WARNING IMPORTANT A battery kept at below – Before doing any work on the electric
50% of its capacity is damaged by sul- system, disconnect the battery negative
The fluid contained in the phation, the capacity is reduced and start- terminal.
battery is poisonous and ing is difficult, there is also more possibili-
corrosive. Avoid contact with the If after purchasing the car, you wish to
ty of freezing (this can occur at –10°C).
skin or eyes. The battery should be install electrical accessories which need a
In the event of a prolonged stop, refer to
charged in a ventilated place away permanent electrical supply (alarm,
“Vehicle inactivity”.
from naked flames or possible hands-free phone, radio-navigator with
sources of sparks: danger of ex- satellite anti-theft function, etc.) contact
plosion and fire. Authorised Alfa Romeo Services whose
qualified personnel, in addition to sug-
USEFUL HINTS TO EXTEND gesting the most suitable devices from
THE LIFE OF YOUR BATTERY Lineaccessori will be able to evaluate the
total electrical absorption, checking
To avoid quickly draining the battery whether the car’s electric system is able
and to preserve its operating conditions to support the load required or whether a
WARNING over the course of time, carefully follow battery with higher capacity is necessary.
Never attempt to charge the instructions below.
a frozen battery before In fact, these devices continue to absorb
– The terminals must always be tight- current with the ignition key off (car
thawing it, the danger of explosion
ened. parked, engine off) and may gradually
exists. If it has frozen, always
check that the inside elements are – As far as possible avoid keeping ser- drain the battery.
not broken (risk of short circuit) vices on for a long time with the engine
and that the body is not cracked, stopped (radio, hazard warning lights,
with the risk of acid coming out parking lights, etc.).
which is poisonous and corrosive. – When leaving the vehicle parked in a
garage, make sure that the doors, bon-
net, boot and interior lids are properly
shut to prevent lights from staying on.

222
The total absorption of these accessories ELECTRONIC – If electrical welding is to be carried
(standard and installed later) must be out on the body of the vehicle the elec-
0.6 mA x Ah (of the battery), as shown CONTROL UNITS tronic control units must be disconnected
in the table below: or removed if the work involves the pro-
With normal use of the vehicle no par- duction of high temperatures.
Maximum permissible ticular precautions need to be taken.
Battery
loadless absorption
If interventions are to be carried out on
100 Ah 60 mA WARNING
the electrical system or emergency start-
ing the following must be heeded: If additional systems are
to be installed on the ve-
You are also reminded that services with – Always switch off the engine before hicle the danger of incorrectly tak-
high current absorption activated by the disconnecting the battery from the electri- ing branches from the electrical
user, such as bottle warmers, vacuum cal system. wires cannot be emphasized too
cleaners, cellular telephone, mini refriger- – If battery charging is necessary dis- strongly especially if devices es-
ator, etc. accelerate the battery drainage connect it from the electric system. sential to the safety of the vehi-
process if they are powered with the en- cle and its occupants are involved
gine not running. – When starting in an emergency only (ignition, injection, ABS ...). The in-
an auxiliary battery must be used and not
correct installation of radio sys-
IMPORTANT It should also be noted a battery charger.
tems, electronic theft alarms, ra-
that improper branches on connectors of – Check that the polarity is correct and diotelephones etc. can interfere
the electric wiring for installing additional that the connections between the battery with the electronic control units and
equipment is dangerous, particularly if and the electrical system are sound. compromises the warranty cover.
safety devices are involved. For these interventions we re-com-
– Before connecting or disconnecting
the terminals of the electronic units en- mend that you contact Alfa Romeo
sure that the ignition key is not in the Authorized Services.The loadless
MAR position. absorption of all the accessories in-
stalled in the after market must
– Do not check for current in the cables not exceed 20 mA (reading with
by short-circuiting the ends. the vehicle stationary).

223
SPARK PLUGS WINDSCREEN WIPER – Insert a new blade passing it through
the curved top of the arm (A) through
BLADES (fig. 17) the slot.
If the engine is running unevenly have
the spark plugs checked by Alfa Romeo – Lift the blade to clamp tab (B) of the
Periodically clean the wiper blades and coupling spring with the curved top of the
Authorized Services.
ensure that they are not damaged. If the arm.
rubber blades are bent of worn in parts
they should be replaced, as follows: IMPORTANT The blades may differ
– Press the tab (B) of the blade catch according to the versions. In any case,
The spark plugs must be spring and push the blade towards the follow the instructions provided in the
changed at inter vals base of the arm (A). packs available as spares from Alfa
given in the Pro- Romeo Authorized Services.
grammed Maintenance Schedule. – When the catch spring has been freed
Only use spark plugs of the spec- from the curved top of the arm, withdraw
ified type (see table of “Fuel the blade from the arm through the slot.
Supply and Ignition” in the
“Technical specifications” chap-
ter): if the thermal grade is inad-
equate, or the foreseen life is
not guaranteed inconveniences
may result.

624PGSm
fig. 17

224
SPRAY JETS BODYWORK – Application of enamels with greater
resistance to atmospheric pollutants.

Make sure that the windscreen and PROTECTION FROM – Adoption of “open” boxed parts to
headlight washer jets deliver a jet of fluid prevent condensation from triggering cor-
ATMOSPHERIC AGENTS
which is adequate and correctly directed. rosion from the inside.
Alfa Romeo employs manufacturing
If the spray devices are not working technologies which are designed to pro- The underbody is treated with the appli-
check that the supply circuit is not tect the bodywork against chemical corro- cation of a special protective material.
blocked. If necessary unclog the nozzles sion caused by various factors, for exam-
using a needle. If this protective layer requires restora-
ple:
tion the exhaust system, lambda probe
– atmospheric pollution. and catalytic converter must be left free
– Salty air and humidity (coastal areas, of any wax, oil, plastic and/or inflamma-
hot-humid climates). ble product.
– Road surfaces covered with salt and This should therefore be carried out by
de-icing products during the winter. Alfa Romeo Authorized Services.
To further increase resistance against
corrosion the following procedures have
been adopted:
– painting system and paint products
which render the vehicle particularly resis-
tant to corrosion and abrasion.
– Wide use of sheet metal which is ex-
tremely resistant to corrosion.
– Spraying of the underbody, engine
bay, wheel arches and boxed parts with
suitable products which adhere strongly
to the metal parts and have a high pro-
tection capability.

225
RECOMMENDATIONS TO PAINT The characteristics of these products are
PRESERVE THE BODYWORK compatible with the type of paint, gas-
The paintwork does not only serve an
kets and trim of all Alfa Romeo vehicles.
Particular care should be taken to en- aesthetic purpose but also protects the
sure that residual deposits of industrial underlying sheet metal. The application of these products should
dust, tar spots, dead insects etc. do not In the case of deep scrapes or scores however be carried out by Alfa Romeo
remain on the bodywork. you are advised to have the necessary personnel who will be able to guarantee
touching up carried out immediately by a the best results and avoid problems which
Where possible do not park under trees may compromise the bodywork warranty
as, during certain seasons, residues, buds specialised workshop to avoid the forma-
tion of rust. cover.
and leaves containing chemical sub-
stances which are harmful to the paint Normal paint maintenance consists in
may fall onto the vehicle. washing at intervals depending on the Detergents cause water
conditions and environment of use. pollution. The car should
When topping up ensure that petrol, lu- therefore be washed in
bricating oil, brake fluid, liquid for the For example: areas equipped for the collection
cooling system, battery electrolyte solu- and purification of the liquid used
– in areas with high atmospheric pollu-
tion etc. is not splashed onto the body- in the washing processes.
tion.
work.
– Roads sprayed with salt.
If this should occur however, clean the To correctly wash the car, proceed as fol-
area immediately and wash the vehicle – Parking under trees that release
resinous substances. lows:
as soon as possible.
1) Spray the vehicle with a low pres-
It is wise to wash the car more frequently. sure jet of water.
Alfa Romeo markets a complete series
2) Pass a sponge moistened with a
of products specifically designed for the
light detergent solution (2-4% shampoo
care and cleanliness of its vehicles (sham-
in water) over the bodywork rinsing the
poo, wax, touch-up paint stick, stain re-
sponge frequently.
mover, polish etc.).
3) Rinse well with water and dry with a
jet of air or chamois leather.

226
When drying off take particular care to WINDOWS IMPORTANT The vehicle should be
cover the less visible parts like the bonnet washed with the engine cold and the igni-
Use specific products to clean the win-
and boot lids and around the headlights tion key turned to STOP. After washing
dows. Clean cloths should be used to
where water may stagnate. The vehicle make sure that the various protections
avoid scratching or altering the trans-
should not be taken to an enclosed area (e.g. rubber caps and recess covers) have
parency of the glass.
immediately but left in the open so that not been damaged or removed.
the residual water can evaporate. Do not
wash the vehicle after it has been left in
the sun or when the bonnet is hot as this
may alter the shine of the paintwork.
Plastic parts must be cleaned in the same The inside of the rear For washing the engine
way as the rest of the vehicle. Specific windscreen should be compartment, you are
products need only be used when dirt is wiped gently with a recommended to use
particularly resistant. cloth in the direction of the fila- “FULCRON” available in Alfa
ments to avoid damaging the Romeo Lineaccessori. In any
IMPORTANT Bird droppings must be heating device. case, only use soda-free deter-
washed off immediately as the acid con- gent solutions preferably alka-
tained in them is particularly aggressive. lined with metasilicates.After
ENGINE COMPARTMENT washing the engine compartment
To better protect the paint, occasionally
polish with special products (silicone At the end of the winter the engine it must be accurately rinsed with
wax) which leave a protective layer on compartment should be carefully washed. a specific operation and dried. In
the body. Contact a specialised workshop to have fact the normal passage of the
this done. body washing tunnel is unable to
rinse the engine compartment
adequately.
Detergents cause water
pollution. The car should
therefore be washed in
areas equipped for the collection
and purification of the liquid used
in the washing processes.

227
INTERIOR FITTINGS Upholstery of your car CLEANING LEATHER PARTS
has been designed to – Remove dried on dirt with a chamois
withstand wear deriv- leather or a lightly moistened cloth with-
Periodically check that water is not ing from common use of
trapped under the carpets (due to water out pressing too hard.
the car. You are however recom-
dripping off shoes, umbrellas etc.) which mended to avoid strong and/or – Remove liquid and grease stains with
could cause oxidisation of the sheet metal. continuous scratching with cloth- a dry absorbent cloth without rubbing.
ing accessories such as metallic Following this wipe with a soft cloth or
CLEANING SEATS AND CLOTH buckles, studs, Velcro fastenings chamois leather moistened with water
PARTS and the like, since these items and neutral soap.
– For the seats and parts in fabric (vel- cause circumscribed stress of the If the stain persists use specific products
vet, suede, etc.)dust may be removed us- cover fabric that could lead to in accordance with the instructions for
ing a soft brush. yarn breaking, and damage the use.
cover as a consequence.
– To remove grease stains specific prod-
ucts may be used closely following the
manufacturer’s instructions.
Never use spirit or alco-
– For more accurate cleaning, rub the hol-based products.
seats with a sponge moistened with a so-
lution of water and neutral detergent in
the proportions stated on the package.

WARNING
Never use inflammable
products such as fuel oil
ether or rectified petrol. The elec-
trostatic charges generated by rub-
bing when cleaning may cause fire.

228
PLASTIC PARTS WARNING STEERING WHEEL/GEAR LEVER
Should it be necessary to remove dust, KNOB WITH GENUINE
Do not keep aerosol cans
dirt, etc. from the surface of the light u- LEATHER COVERING
in the car. There is the
nits (and/or direction indicators) only use risk they might explode. Aerosol These components shall only be cleaned
a solution of neutral soap and water and cans must never be exposed to a with water and neutral soap. Never use
a soft cloth. temperature above 50°C. The tem- spirit or alcohol-based products.
Absolutely never use chemical solvents perature inside the car might go Before using special products for clean-
and/or petroleum derivatives such as well beyond that figure when ex- ing interiors, read carefully label instruc-
petrol, methylated spirits, ammonia, ace- posed to the sun’s rays. tions and indications to make sure they
tone, etc. which could spoil the material are free from spirit and/or alcohol-based
and reduce its transparency, adversely af- substances.
fecting travelling safety.
If when cleaning the windscreen with
For internal plastic parts use specific special glass products, some drops fall on
products to preserve the appearance of the leather covering of the steering
the components. wheel/gear lever knob remove them im-
I.C.S. MASK AND CENTRAL mediately and then clean with water and
CONSOLE neutral soap.
Remove finger prints with common alco- IMPORTANT Take the utmost care
hol-free water and surfactants glass deter- when engaging the steering lock to pre-
gent. Rub surfaces with a clean cotton vent scratching the leather covering.
Never use spirit or rag moistened with detergent.
petrol to clean the glass
on the instrument panel.

229
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
The following pages give the various specifications of the vehicle. IDENTIFICATION DATA............................................................................... page 232
ENGINE CODES-BODY VERSIONS ..................................................................... 233
These pages will probably represent the main reference point in
this booklet for the “experts and enthusiasts”. DIMENSIONS ........................................................................................................... 234
ENGINE...................................................................................................................... 235
This section should be consulted in order to identify the main cha- SERVICING................................................................................................................ 236
racteristics of your vehicle referred to in the previous chapters. ENGINE OIL CONSUMPTION .............................................................................. 236
LUGGAGE COMPARTMENT .................................................................................. 237
WEIGHTS ................................................................................................................... 237
FUEL SUPPLY - IGNITION .................................................................................... 238
PERFORMANCE ....................................................................................................... 239
FUEL CONSUMPTION ............................................................................................ 240
CO2 EMISSIONS ...................................................................................................... 241
BRAKES ..................................................................................................................... 241
STEERING.................................................................................................................. 242
TRANSMISSION....................................................................................................... 242
FLUIDS AND LUBRICANTS .................................................................................. 243
RIM AND TYRES .................................................................................................... 245
TYRE INFLATION PRESSURE ............................................................................... 247
RADIO FREQUENCY REMOTE CONTROL:
MINISTERIAL HOMOLOGATIONS ..................................................................... 251

231
IDENTIFICATION DATA BODY LABEL ENGINE LABELS
The body label carrying the following in- On the rear left-hand side, gearbox side.
The identification data should be record- formation is located in front of the right
ed. The identification data is carried on la- front seat concealed by the lid (A- BODYWORK PAINT
bels in the following positions (fig. 1): fig. 2), it is printed with the body identi- IDENTIFICATION LABEL (fig. 4)
fication (fig. 3) including:
1 - Identification label – Type of vehicle This is applied to the inner part of the
– Manufacturer’s serial number (chassis luggage compartment and carries the fol-
2 - Body label lowing data:
number).
3 - Bodywork paint identification label A - Paint manufacturer

352PGSm
4 - Engine label. B - Name of colour
C - Colour code
D - Colour code for touching up and re-
spraying.

fig. 2
A0D0105m

353PGSm

3224CAm
fig. 1 fig. 3 fig. 4

232
IDENTIFICATION LABEL C - Space available for maximum

3225CAm
weights authorised by various national
This is located in the left-hand side of
laws
the boot (next to the battery) (fig. 5).
D - Space for version and any supple-
It carries the following identification da-
mentary indications to those specified
ta:
E - Space for smoke index (JTD 20V
A - Space for details of national ho-
Multijet versions only)
mologation
F - Space for punching manufacturer’s
B - Space for punching the consecutive fig. 5
name.
chassis number

ENGINE AND BODY VERSION CODES


3.2 V6 24V JTD 20V
Multijet

Engine Code 936A000 936B000


Body Code 936AXB00 17 936AXG00 22

233
DIMENSIONS

A0D0106m
1416
995 2700 1025 1554
4720 1800

1542

– The dimensions are expressed in mm – The height indicated is for an unladen car

fig. 6

234
ENGINE
3.2 V6 24V JTD 20V
Multijet
Position Front Front
transversal transversal
Number and arrangement
of cylinders 6 in 60°V 5 in line
Cycle Otto Diesel
Bore 93 mm 82 mm
Stroke 78 mm 90.4 mm
Total cubic capacity 3179 cm3 2387 cm3
Maximum
horse power kW CEE 176.5 136
CV CEE 240 185
rpm 6200 4000

Max torque
Nm CEE 289 385
kgm CEE 29.4 39.2
rpm 4800 2000

235
SERVICING
3.2 V6 24V JTD 20V
Multijet
Fuel Unleaded petrol with no less than 95 R.O.N. Diesel fuel for motor vehicles
(EN228 Specification) (EN590 Specification)
Capacity of fuel tank 69 litres 69 litres
– reserve of 9 litres 9 litres
Engine oil (quantity
for periodical change, including
the oil filter change) 5.90 litres 5.0 litres
Gearbox/differential oil
(except versions with electronic
automatic gearbox) 2.0 litres 1.45 litres
Engine cooling system 10.3 litres 9.1 litres
Windscreen washer fluid
reservoir capacity 7 litres 7 litres

236
LUGGAGE COMPARTMENT
3.2 V6 24V JTD 20V
Multijet
Capacity (dm3) 490 490

WEIGHTS 3.2 V6 24V JTD 20V


Multijet
Weight empty (including fluids, 90% fuel in the tank and no optional) 1540 kg 1540 kg

Max. permitted weight (*) 2050 kg 2050 kg

Payload including
driver (**) 510 kg 510 kg

Towable weight 1500 kg 1500 kg

Max. load on ball 60 kg 60 kg

(*) Loads not to be exceeded. It is the owner’s responsibility to place loads in the boot and/or on the loading surface within the maximum permissible weight limits.
(**) With special fittings (sunroof, trailer towing device, etc.) the unloaded weight increases, thereby reducing the useful capacity with regard to maximum permissible
loads.

237
FUEL SUPPLY AND IGNITION
3.2 V6 24V JTD 20V
Multijet
Supply MPI Bosch Direct injection
Motronic ME7 with variable
electronic geometry
injection turbosupercharger
and ignition and intercooler
with knock electronic
selective control diesel control
Common Rail type
second generation

Spark plugs NGK RPFR6B –

Replace every 100,000 km –

Firing order 1-4-2-5-3-6 –

Injection order – 1-2-4-5-3

(*) There are two different spark plugs, one of each type, per cylinder.

WARNING
Alterations or repairs to the supply system not carried out correctly or without taking account of the
technical specifications of the system, may cause abnormal functioning with the risk of fire.

238
PERFORMANCE
3.2 V6 24V JTD 20V
Multijet
Maximum speed 245 km/h 222 km/h

Acceleration from 7.4 s 8.9 s


0-100 km/h

kilometre from stationary 27.5 s 29.0 s

239
FUEL CONSUMPTION

The fuel consumption values shown in the following tables were established during homologation tests prescribed in specific European
Directives.
The test conditions adopted include the following:
– an urban cycle: this includes cold starting followed by simulation of a mixed urban route;
– an extraurban cycle: this includes frequent accelerating in all gears, simulating normal extraurban use of the vehicle; the speed
varies between 0 and 120 kph;
– combined consumption: this is calculated by considering a route consisting of about 37% urban cycle and 63% extraurban cy-
cle.

IMPORTANT The type of route, traffic conditions, weather conditions, driving style, conditions of the vehi-
cle, trim level/ equipment/ accessories, vehicle load, presence of a roof rack, other items that negatively
affect the aerodynamics of the vehicle or wind resistance may lead to different fuel consumption levels than
those measured by the above-mentioned procedures (see “Economy and environment-friendly driving” para-
graph in the “Getting the best out of your car” chapter).

CONSUMPTION ACCORDING TO EEC STANDARD 1999/100 (litres x 100 km)

3.2 V6 24V JTD 20V


Multijet
On urban route 18.3 9.9

On extraurban route 9.1 6.1

On mixed route 12.5 7.5

240
CO2 EMISSIONS
The CO2 emission levels shown in the following table are measured on a mixed cycle.

CO2 EMISSIONS ACCORDING TO EEC STANDARD 1999/100

3.2 V6 24V JTD 20V


Multijet
Value (g/km) 297 198

BRAKES
3.2 V6 24V - JTD 20V Multijet
Service brakes
front Self-ventilating disk
rear Disk
Wheel anti-lock system (ABS) with electronic braking distribution
Servo-brake. Brake pad wear indicator. Gasket of ecological type.
Handbrake Controlled by hand lever operating on rear brakes

241
STEERING
3.2 V6 24V JTD 20V
Multijet
Type Rack and pinion Hydraulic power steering with liquid
reservoir in engine compartment

Turning radius
(between pavements) 11.6 m 11.6 m

TRANSMISSION
3.2 V6 24V JTD 20V
Multijet
Gearbox Six forward Six forward
gears plus gears plus
reverse reverse
all synchronised all synchronised

Clutch Dry single Dry single


disk with disk with
hydraulic hydraulic
operation operation

Drive Front Front

242
FLUIDS AND LUBRICANTS
RECCOMENDED PRODUCTS AND THEIR SPECIFICATIONS

Use Fluid and lubricant specifications Genuine fluids Change intervals


for correct car operation and lubricants

Lubricants for Synthetic-based engine oils, grade SAE 10W-60 SELENIA RACING As per Service Schedule
petrol engines FIAT 9.55535-H3 qualification

Lubricants for Synthetic-based engine oils, grade SAE 5W-40 SELENIA WR As per Service Schedule
Multijet engines FIAT 9.55535-M2 qualification

Should non-genuine products be used, lubricants with minimum ACEA A3 properties for petrol engines and ACEA B4 for Diesel engines are tolerated; in this event top
engine performance is not guaranteed.
Using low-quality products, not compliant with ACEA A3 and ACEA B4 properties could cause engine damages not covered by warranty.
For very cold temperatures, consult Alfa Romeo Authorized Services for the proper Selenia product to use

243
Use Fluid and lubricant specifications Genuine fluids Applications
for correct car operation and lubricants

Synthetic-based oil, grade SAE 75W-85,that passes API GL 4 Plus specifications TUTELA CAR Mechanical gearbox and
TECHNYX differential 3.2 V6 24V engines

100% synthetic oil, grade SAE 75W-85, that passes API GL 4 specifications TUTELA CAR Mechanical gearbox and
MATRYX differential JTD 20V Multijet
engines
Lubricants and greases
for transmission Lubricant for transmissions that passes "ATF DEXRON II D LEV" specifications Power steering
TUTELA GI/A

Lithium-soap-based grease with molybdenum bisulphate, NLGI 2 consistency TUTELA STAR 500 CV joints

Brake fluid Synthetic fluid, F.M.V.S.S. n. 116, DOT 4, ISO 4925, SAE J-1704, TUTELA TOP 4 Hydraulic brake and clutch
CUNA NC 956-01 for ALFA ROMEO controls

Protective agent Protective with antifreeze action for cooling systems, red colour, based on PARAFLU UP Cooling circuits
for radiators inhibited monoethylen glycol and organic formula, that passes Proportion: 50% water and
CUNA NC 956-16, ASTM D 3306 specifications 50% Paraflu UP

Windscreen and rear Mixture of alcohol and surfactants CUNA NC 956-11 TUTELA To be used diluted or undiluted
window washer fluid PROFESSIONAL SC 35

IMPORTANT Do not top-up or mix with products having different properties

244
RYM AND TYRES SPARE WHEEL
Cars fitted with steel rims and tyres 215/55 R16 (*) have s-
pare wheel identical with the standard wheels. Cars fitted with a-
Progression and Distinctive
Impression Versions Version luminium alloy rims and tyres 215/55 R16 (*), 225/45 R17
and 235/40 R18 have the spare wheel with steel rim and tyre
Standard fittings 215/55 R16 (*).
- rim diameters 6.5J x 16" 7.5J x 17"
- tyres (tubeless) 215/55 R16 93W (*) 225/45 R17 91Y

Optional
(for versions/markets WARNING
where applicate On cars fitted with tyres 215/55 R16 (*),
- rim diameters 7.5J x 17" 6.5J x 16" 225/45 R17, 235/40 R18 and spare
- tyres (tubeless) 225/45 R17 91Y 215/55 R16 93W (*) wheel with tyre 215/55 R16 (*), since the spare
wheel is different from the standard wheels, observe
- rim diameters 8J x 18" 8J x 18" the instructions for use given below.
- tyres (tubeless) 235/40 R18 91Y 235/40 R18 91Y – The spare wheel should only be used in an emer-
gency.
Winter tyres – Use of the spare wheel should be kept to a mini-
- rim diameters 7J x 16" 7J x 16" mum. Do not drive at speeds of over 80 km/h.
- tyres (tubeless) 215/55 R16 93H M+S 215/55 R16 93H M+S – The car will handle differently when the spare
wheel is fitted. Avoid sudden acceleration or braking,
- rim diameters 6.5J x 16" 6.5J x 16" sharp corners and fast bends.
- tyres (tubeless) 205/55 R16 91H M+S 205/55 R16 91H M+S – Check at regular intervals that spare wheel pres-
sure is equal to 2.7 bar (2.7 kg/cm2).
Two or more spare wheels should never be used to-
gether. Have the wheel changed repaired and refit-
ted as soon as possible.
(*) For versions/markets where applicable tyres 205/55 R16 91W.

245
Note for one way tyres Note The vehicles are fitted with tube- IMPORTANT Tyre pressure should be
There are arrows on the side of one-way less tyres. See chapter “Getting the best increased by 0.3 bars when driving at
tyres indicating the direction of rotation. out of your car” for indications concerning sustained high speed. With winter tyres
When a wheel is changed (for example tyres in general and the specific recom- the pressure should be +0.2 bar higher
after a puncture, the direction of the ar- mendations for tubeless tyres. When re- than the rating specified for standard
row on the spare wheel might not coin- placing tyres and/or rims maintain the o- tyres. Do not use inner tubes with tube-
cide with the direction of rotation of the riginal rim/tyre match. less tyres.
wheel to be changed. Even in these con-
ditions the tyre is still safe but you are ad-
vised to have the tyre repaired and refit- Snow chains can be fitted
ted as soon as possible, because top per- only on wheels with 6.5J x
formance is obtained when all the wheels 16” rims and 215/55 R16
turn in the direction of the arrow. (*) tyres or 7.5J x 17” rims and
225/45 R17 tyres.
(*) For versions/markets where
applicable tyres 205/55 R16.

246
TYRE INFLATION PRESSURE (unladen and in running order)

Tyres Tyres Tyres Tyres


205/55 R16 91W (*) 215/55 R16 93W 225/45 R17 91Y 235/40 R18 91Y
front rear front rear front rear front rear
Reduced load
(2 occupants) bar 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.7 2.5 2.7 2.7
Full load bar 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.7 2.5 2.7 2.7
Spare wheel bar 2.3 2.3 2.7 2.7
(*) For versions/markets where applicable

WARNING
While the specified dimensions remain unchanged, for travelling safety and correct operation of the
VDC, ASR and ABS systems the tyres must absolutely be of the same brand and type on all wheels,
in perfect conditions and above all of the specified type and brand.

247
CORRECT TYRE READING Load index (capacity)
Below are the instructions necessary to know the meaning of
the code stamped on the tyre. 60 = 250 kg 84 = 500 kg
61 = 257 kg 85 = 515 kg
The code may be like one of the examples given below. 62 = 265 kg 86 = 530 kg
63 = 272 kg 87 = 545 kg
64 = 280 kg 88 = 560 kg
65 = 290 kg 89 = 580 kg
66 = 300 kg 90 = 600 kg
Example: 67 = 307 kg 91 = 615 kg
225/45 R 17 91 Y 68 = 315 kg 92 = 630 kg
or 69 = 325 kg 93 = 650 kg
225/45 ZR 17 70 = 335 kg 94 = 670 kg
71 = 345 kg 95 = 690 kg
72 = 355 kg 96 = 710 kg
73 = 365 kg 97 = 730 kg
225 = Nominal width (distance in mm between the sides). 74 = 375 kg 98 = 750 kg
45 = Percentage height/width ratio. 75 = 387 kg 99 = 775 kg
76 = 400 kg 100 = 800 kg
R = Radial tyre. 77 = 412 kg 101 = 825 kg
ZR = Radial tyre with speed above 240 kph. 78 = 425 kg 102 = 850 kg
79 = 437 kg 103 = 875 kg
17 = Rim diameter in inches. 80 = 450 kg 104 = 900 kg
91 = Load (capacity) index, e.g. 91 = 600 kg. Not present in 81 = 462 kg 105 = 925 kg
ZR tyres. 82 = 475 kg 106 = 950 kg
83 = 487 kg
Y, Z = Maximum speed index. In ZR tyres the speed index Z is
before the R.

248
Maximum speed index UNDERSTANDING RIM MARKING
Q = up to 160 kph. The following are the necessary indications to understand the
meaning of the markings on the rim, as shown in fig. 7.
R = up to 170 kph.
S = up to 180 kph.
T = up to 190 kph. Example:
6.5J x 16”
U = up to 200 kph.
H = up to 210 kph.
6.5 = Rim width in inches (1)
V = over 210 kph.
J = Rim drop centre outline (side projection where the tyre bead
ZR = over 240 kph. rests) (2)
W = up to 270 kph. 16” = Rim nominal diameter in inches (corresponds to diameter
of the tyre to be mounted) (3 = Ø)
Y = up to 300 kph.

Maximum speed index for snow tyres


Q M+S = up to 160 kph.

002STZm
T M+S = up to 190 kph.
H M+S = up to 210 kph.

fig. 7

249
RADIO FREQUENCY REMOTE CONTROL:
MINISTERIAL HOMOLOGATIONS

International
Homologation
automobile Country
number
code

A Austria CEPT LPD F


B Belgium RTT/D/X1792
CH Switzerland BAKOM 99.0196.K.P
CRO Croatia
CY Cyprus
D Germany CTC R 000 196 L
DK Denmark
E Spain E D.G.Tel. 09 99 0366
F France 99 0148 PPL 0
FIN Finland
GB Great Britain CEPT SRD1eGB
RFI\RCAB1\TA38618A
GBZ Gibraltar
GR Greece CEPT LPD GR.YME - TA212

250
International
Homologation
automobile Country
number
code

H Hungary
I Italy DGPGF/4/2/03/339999/
F0/0004562/02/06/99
IRL Ireland
IS Iceland
L Luxembourg
N Norway
NL Holland CEPT LPD F
P Portugal ICP 026TC99
S Sweden
SLO Slovenia

For markets in which transmitter marking is required, the homologation number has been reproduced directly on the key grip.

251
CEPT LPD - F
Attesté atc 99 0148 PPL 0
C
T
T
P
R000
A100
date 11/05/1999 C
S 196L
282L
pres. TRW

ART Radiocom
Privées France

Professionnel
Conforme

252
RIGHT HAND DRIVE VERSION
This chapter describes the main characteristics of the DASHBOARD ............................................................................................... page 256
right hand drive version. INSTRUMENT PANEL ............................................................................................ 258
CONTROLS .............................................................................................................. 260
For any topic not specifically dealt with in this chapter, BONNET ................................................................................................................... 263
refer to the main chapter of the Owner’s manual which
should be thoroughly read to ensure that the vehicle is
FUSES AND RELAYS IN THE CONTROL UNIT ................................................ 264
used correctly and that the maximum performance is
obtained under conditions of safety.

253
DASHBOARD

A0D0124 m
fig. 1

254
1 Air ducts for side window outlets. 13 Button for rearscreen defrosting, 21 Inside temperature sensor.
door mirrors and resistances at base
2 Side air vents. of windscreen (if present). 22 Windscreen wiper/washer control
lever and rain sensor (if present).
3 Light switch lever (high beam, flash- 14 Button for windscreen/front side
ing, direction indicators) and controls windows and door mirrors 23 Ignition switch (ignition device).
for Cruise Control (automatically defrosting, rearscreen heating,
keeping a set speed, if present). 24 Driver’s air bag and horn.
resistances at base of windscreen (if
4 Instrument cluster. present). 25 Lever for releasing/locking adjustable
steering wheel.
5 Outlets for windscreen. 15 Cigar lighter.
26 Instrument lighting adjustment.
6 Upper outlet. 16 Alfa Romeo I.C.S. (INTEGRATED
CONTROL SYSTEM): RDS radio, 27 Headlamp aiming device control
7 Oddments compartment. computer on board (TRIP), climate (except versions with gas discharge
control, clock and outside/inside headlights).
8 Centre air vents.
temperature, GSM phone and 28 Outside lights switch.
9 Passenger’s air bag. navigation system (if present).
29 Bonnet opening lever.
10 Manual passenger’s side Air bag 17 Buttons for central locking, fuel flap
deactivation switch. opening, switching off the ASR 30 Front floor air outlets.
11 Glove box. function of the VDC system switching
on the STR system (if present).
12 Boot opening button (in glove box).
18 Rear fog guard switch.
19 Front fog light switch.
20 Hazard warning light switch.

255
INSTRUMENT PANEL

A0D0125m
fig. 2 - 3.2 V6 24V version

256
A - Speedometer CONTROLS Lights switched off
When the pointer on the knurled ring
B - Mileage recorder with double meter
(A) is opposite the symbol O, the exter-
display (total and trip)
LIGHTS SWITCH (fig. 3) nal lights are switched off.
C - Check panel The device and services controlled by
Sidelights
the levers on the steering wheel can only
D - Rev. counter be activated when the ignition key is in The sidelights are switched on by turn-
the MAR position (except the parking ing the knurled ring (A) from O to 6.
E - Fuel gauge and reserve warning light lights which can always be switched on).
The 3 warning light on the instru-
F - Engine coolant temperature gauge ment panel will come on at the same
and maximum temperature warning time.

A0D0148m
light
Dipped-beam headlights
G - Warning lights These are switched on by turning the
H - Electronic automatic gearbox display knurled ring (A) from 6 to 2.

Parking lights
IMPORTANT Depending on the trim
levels, the dial of the instruments may be When the pointer of the switch (A) cor-
either light grey or black, with green or responds with the F symbol, the side
red light. lights stay on regardless of the position of
the ignition key.

fig. 3

257
DASHBOARD LIGHTING FUEL CUT-OFF SWITCH AND Circuit breaker is located on the left side
ADJUSTMENT (fig. 4) CIRCUIT BREAKER of the boot, inside a box directly set and
connected to the battery positive terminal.
When the outside lights are on, the The car is fitted with two safety switch-
dashboard lighting is adjusted turning but- es that come into operation in the case of
ton (A). an accident to block fuel supply and pow-
er, thereby stopping the engine and the
car electric utilities.
To reactivate the fuel cut-off switch press
button under the passenger’s seat (fig. 5).

WARNING
Before resetting fuel cut-
off switch and circuit
breaker, carefully read the related
paragraph in chapter “Getting to
know your car”.
A0D0149M

381PGSm
fig. 4 fig. 5

258
DEACTIVATING THE FRONT Deactivation/reactivation takes place The key-operated switch has two posi-
PASSENGER’S AIR BAG with ignition key at STOP and operating tions:
(fig. 6) it in the special key switch on the right-
1) Passenger’s Air bag activated. (ON
hand side of the dashboard (fig. 6).
Should it be absolutely necessary to car- position P) warning light on instrument
ry a child on the front seat, the passen- You can reach the switch only if the cluster off; it is absolutely prohibited to
ger’s Air bag on the vehicle must be deac- door is opened. carry a child on the front seat.
tivated.
2) Passenger’s Air bag deactivated
Deactivation takes place using the car (OFF position F) warning light on in-
ignition key to operate the special switch strument cluster on; it is possible to carry
on the left hand side of the dashboard. a child protected by special restraint sys-
Access to the switch is gained only with tem on the front seat.
the door open.
The warning light F on the cluster s-
tays on permanently until the passenger’s
WARNING Air bag is reactivated.
Operate the switch only
when the engine is not When the door is open, the key can be
inserted and removed in both positions.
running and the ignition key is re-
moved. Deactivation of the passenger’s front Air
bag inhibits too the left-hand side Air bag
(if present).
707PGSm

fig. 6

259
AI
RBAG
WARNING WARNING BONNET
SERIOUS DAN- Warning light F indi-
GER: The car is cates also warning light The lever used to open the bonnet is lo-
fitted with an Air bag on the pas- ¬ failure. This is indicated by in- cated under the right end of the dash-
senger's side. Never place cradle termittent flashing, over 4 sec- board.
child’s seats on the front passen- onds, of warning light F. In this
To open:
ger seat of cars fitted with pas- event, warning light ¬ could be
senger air bag since the air bag ac- not up to indicate restraint system – Pull the lever (A-fig. 7) until the
tivation could cause serious in- failures, if any. Stop the car and bonnet clicks open.
juries, even mortal. In the case of contact Alfa Romeo Authorized
need, always deactivate the pas- Services to have the system
senger's Air bag when a child's checked.
seat is placed on the front seat.
The front passenger seat shall be
adjusted in the most backward po-
sition to prevent any contact be-
tween child’s seat and dashboard.
Even if not compulsory by law, you
are recommended to reactivate the
Air bag immediately as soon as
child transport is no longer neces-

704PGSm
sary.

fig. 7

260
WARNING WARNING To close:
Do this only with the car DANGER-SERIOUS IN- – Lower the bonnet to approx. 20 cm.
JURY. When carrying out from the engine bay, then let it drop. Try
stationary.
lifting it to make sure that it is shut com-
checks or maintenance operations
pletely and not simply caught in the safe-
in the engine compartment, take
– Raise the safety lever upwards (B- ty position. If the bonnet does not close
special care not to bump the head
fig. 8). properly do not push it down but open it
on the raised bonnet. again and repeat the above procedure.
– Raise the bonnet.

IMPORTANT Bonnet raising is aided


by two gas springs. Do not tamper with
these springs and always accompany the
bonnet while raising it.

WARNING
For safety reasons the
bonnet shall always be
perfectly closed when travelling.
A0D0033m

Always check for proper bonnet


locking. If the bonnet is left inad-
vertently open, stop the car im-
mediately and close the bonnet.

fig. 8

261
FUSES AND RELAYS In the upper part of the control unit A - Switch discharge relay
there is a pincer (C-fig. 10) for remov-
IN THE CONTROL ing fuses.
B - Direction indicator/hazard warning
light flashing device
UNIT At the sides of the control unit there are
C - Headlight washer timer.
some spare fuses (D-fig. 11); after re-
The fuses for the main devices are placing a fuse you are advised to replen-
housed in a control unit under the dash- ish the stock of fuses when they are
board, to the right of the steering column. used.
Access to it is gained slackening the The devices protected by the fuses in
knob (A-fig. 9) and lowering the panel the control unit are listed in the tables
(B). see chapter “In emergency”.
The graphic symbols which distinguish

A0D0098m
the main electric component correspond-
ing to each fuse are given on a label on
the inner wall of the panel.
712PGSm

706PGSm
fig. 9 fig. 10 fig. 11

262
ALPHABETICAL INDEX
ABS (system)..............................114 Brake Assist............................116-141 Cruise Control ..................................64

Additional heater..............................91 Brakes..........................................241


Bulb replacement ....................165-181
Dashboard ....................................68
Air bags, front and side ....................50
Data plates....................................232
Air cleaner ....................................218
Car maintenance......................201 Diesel filter....................................219
Air conditioner ................................83
Carrying children safety ....................45 Dimensions ..................................234
Air conditioning ................................80
Central locking ................................29 Direction indicators ..........................59
Alfa Romeo CODE system ..................16
Changing the bulb Door lights ....................................102
Alfa Romeo I.C.S. system ................14
- Bulb types ........................165-166 Doors ............................................28
Ashtray ..........................................99
- General instructions ..................165 Dust/pollen filter ......................90-219
ASR (system) ................................117
Child safety ....................................30
At the filling station ........................124
Child safety device (doors) ................45 Electronic alarm system ..................22
Automatic fuel cut-off switch
Cigar lighter ....................................98 Electronic control units ....................223
and power supply ......................127
CO2 emissions................................241 Emission control devices ..................129
Battery ......................................219 Coin holder......................................98 Engine..........................................235
Body maintenance..........................225 Controls ..........................................93 Engine codes – Body versions..........233
Boot ............................................105 Correct use of the car ..............133 Engine coolant temperature gauge......74
Boot light......................................185 Courtesy light ................................101 Engine oil consumption ..................236

263
Engine starting ..............................134 Headlamps....................................110 Maintenance
EOBD (system)..............................113 Headrests........................................33 - Additional operations ................206
High beam headlamps ......................58 - Annual Inspection Programme ....206
First aid kit ..................................199
Identification data ..................232 - Maintenance programme ..........204
Fluids and lubricants ......................243
In an emergency ............................157 - Scheduled Maintenance ............202
Fog lamps ......................................93
In the event of an accident ..............198 Mileage recorder ..............................70
"Follow me home" device ................60
Inside rear-view mirror ......................36
Front roof lamp..............................100
Installation of electric/ Number plate lights ......................179
Fuel consumption ..........................240
electronic devices ......................156
Fuel flap ........................................94
Instrument cluster ............................12
Oddments compartments........103-104
Fuel oil filter ..................................219 Oddment compartment light ............183
Instrument light dimmer ....................94
Fuel reserve ....................................73
Interior equipment............................96 Parking ......................................138
Fuel tank cap ................................127
Fuses and relays ............................186 Interior maintenance ......................228 Parking lights ..................................58
Parking sensors................................67
Gear shift......................................95 Keys............................................ 16
Performance..................................239
Getting to know your car ........11
Level checking..............................209 Pollen/dust filter ......................90-219
Glovebox ........................................98
Light switch ....................................57 Position lights ..................................58
Handbrake ....................................95 Low beam headlamps ......................58 Power steering ..............................142
Hazard warning lights ......................93 Luggage compartment ....................110 Power windows ..............................38

264
Radio ........................................122 Spark plugs ..................................224 Travelling ......................................137

Radio-frequency remote control ........251 Starting device ............................26-27 Tyres


Stationary vehicle ..........................138 - Correct reading ........................248
Radio transmitters and cellular
telephones ..............................156 Steering........................................242 - Inflation pressure ......................247

Rain sensor ....................................61 Steering column stalks ......................57 - Winter tyres ............................147

Rear fog guards ..............................94 Steering lock ..................................27


Useful accessories ........................156
Rear roof lamps ............................101 Steering wheel (adjustment lever)......36
Rear seat ........................................35 STR system (Sport Throttle Response) 63 VDC (system)..............................117
Rearscreen heating ..........................86 Sun visors ....................................100 VDC and ASR systems ....................117
Refuelling......................................236 Sunroof ........................................103 Vehicle inactivity ............................155
Relay (replacement) ......................186 Supply/ignition ............................238 Vehicle lifting ................................197
Reversing lights..............................178
Technical specifications ..........231 Warning lights ..............................73
RPM counter....................................71
Telephone (provision) ....................102 Weights ........................................237
Safeguarding the emission Third stop light (bulb change) ..........180 Wheel rims....................................245
control devices ..........................150 Top speeds ....................................239 Windscreen wiper ............................61
Safeguarding the environment ........129 Tow hook ..............................153-154 Wing mirrors ..................................37
Safety belts ....................................40 Towing the car or another vehicle......196
Ski compartment ............................35 Towing trailers ..............................152
Snow chains..................................147 Transmission ................................242

265
PROVISIONS FOR THE PROCESSING OF A VEHICLE
AT THE END OF ITS LIFE-CYCLE

For years now Alfa Romeo has been developing its global commitment towards the safeguarding and protection of the Environment through
the continuous improvement of its production processes and the making of increasingly more “eco friendly” products. With a view to guar-
anteeing the best possible service to clients in full observance of environmental standards and in response to the obligations imposed by Eu-
ropean Directive 2000/53/EC on end-of-life vehicles, Alfa Romeo offers its clients the possibility to hand in their vehicle* at the end of its
life span without additional costs.
The European Directive, in fact, provides for the take-back of the vehicle without the last holder or owner of the same incurring expenses
due to the fact that the market value of the vehicle is zero or negative. In particular, in almost all of the countries of the
European Union, up until 1st January 2007, take-back of the vehicle free of charge only applies to vehicles registered from 1 July 2002
on, while, from 2007 on, take-back will be carried out free of charge, independently of the year of registration, provided that the vehicle
still contains all its essential component parts (especially engine and body) and is free from additional waste materials.
Our contracted network of authorised treatment facilities has been carefully selected in order to provide a quality service to our customers
by de-polluting and recycling “End of Life Vehicles” to approved environmental standards. To find out the location of your nearest authorised
treatment facility, offering free of charge take-back, simply contact one of our dealers or refer to the Alfa Romeo web site or call the toll free
number 00800 2532 0000.
* Passenger transportation vehicles to seat a max. of nine persons, having a total admissible weight of 3.5 t
NOTES
TYRE INFLATION PRESSURE COLD (bar)
Tyres Tyres Tyres Tyres
205/55 R16 91W (*) 215/55 R16 93W 225/45 R17 91Y 235/40 R18 91Y
front rear front rear front rear front rear
Reduced load
(2 occupants) bar 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.7 2.5 2.7 2.7

Full load bar 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.7 2.5 2.7 2.7
Spare wheel bar 2.3 2.3 2.7 2.7
(*) For versions/markets where applicable
Tyre pressure should be increased by 0.3 bar when driving at sustained high speed. With winter tyres the pressure should be +0.2 bar higher than the rating specified for standard tyres.

ENGINE OIL REPLACEMENT (litres)


3.2 V6 24V JTD 20V
Multijet
Engine oil (quantity for periodical change,
including the oil filter change) 5.90 5.0

Do not discard used oil in the environment


REFUELLING (litres)
3.2 V6 24V JTD 20V
Multijet
Fuel tank capacity 69 69
Reserve (litres) 9 9

Only use unleaded petrol with no less than 95 R.O.N.


Only use Diesel fuel for motor vehicles that meet European Specification EN590.
QUALITY
ASSISTENZA TECNICA - INGEGNERIA ASSISTENZIALE
Largo Senatore G. Agnelli. 5 -10040 Volvera - Torino (Italia)
Fiat Auto S.p.A.
Publication no. 60431511 - 2nd Edition - 11/2006
All rights reserved. Reproduction, even in part is prohibited without written permission
from Fiat Auto S.p.A.

SERVICE