Alfa 147 1.9 JTD 16V , 140HP, year 2003.
Car is mechanically fine ,except for a stuck open thermostat and an EGR valve that the last owner has probably never cleaned, since he wasn't even aware what It was. Oil will be changed tomorrow to full synthetic.
1. Yesterday I got myself in some street racing against a Golf Mk.4 TDI , presumably 110-130BHP.
And well, at around 120km/h , I couldn't overtake him. I had my pedal to the metal, 5th gear. He wasn't accelerating faster, we were neck and neck all throughout our little race. Gearing disadvantage perhaps, but my RPM was high enough to feel it probably isn't that.
2. When driving the car, I always feel as if the first 2K RPM are sliiightly dull . There is still an obvious accel but nothing like what it happens at 3K RPM, for example. I understand turbo lag, but some overtaking powers below 2K RPM would be nice.
3. Another thing I notice weird is when I rev-match. The pedal requires a serious hit to even register the blip .
And besides that, what are usual culprits that limit the sheer speed of the vehicle? Things to look at, places to clean etc? No pre-cat or main cat, so they can't be it. No black smoke from the exhaust. I haven't done an ECU/throttle reset, because of radio, but that'll be soon fixed. New turbo hoses, no oil leaks in the engine.
As a whole, excuse my rant ,but nowhere else could I get the answers + working night shift is as boring as it gets.