<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by jomor:
<strong> <blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Stori:
<strong>Now were into the proverbial question re: whether you are required to run in an Alfa
Personally I do the following
For the first 600-800 km
1)do not lug engine (keep it running freely.) Minimises risk of any bearing damage
2) Drive off from cold do not warm up from a cold start
3) Run revs between 3000 and 4500 rpm
4) Do not use more than half throttle
5) Travel in a gear that will give me at least 3000 rpm .
6) Vary speed such that if tavelling at say 100 kph I back off throttle every 10-20 km and let engine drop to say 80 kph then accelerate up to 100 again to relub the rings.
After 600 and for the next 1000-2000 km I will ocassionally rev the engine out in the lower (1st or 2nd or 3rd gears ) Up to say 6000-6500
The reason for the lower gears that if there are any hot spots they will only be hot spots for a very short time.
After 2000-3000 km I would change the oil and drive the car normally there after.
Of course this is how I alway run in my cars and others may suggest other ways.</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I did that but it didnt work. I have 18.000km, most of them with lots of problems
. Paul you had an Opel so i think you could upgrade to Alfa. I wouldnt recommend it though if you had a Honda and didnt know how to open the bonnet. Dont let this disappoint you, try to find any other problem free car, you wont find any (at least eurpean - most european makes have the same part providers). Most today's cars are crap, more crap than a decade before. Actually the have more gadgets, thus more things to get faulty. So dont worry about your new Alfa's reliability, just worry about your dealers quality of service (no matter what make you decide to buy) Follow you heart
</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I personally do not believe that Cars are more crap than previously.
Alfa Rs are better built than ever before. If they had got worse than the offerings in the late 1970's and 1980's then they would not even have got to the consumer before falling into a pile of Ferrous Oxide
As you rightly point out,cars are more complex leading to Electonics problems and the like.
But who would like to go back to the good old days when a 4 cylinder car was clapped out by 80,000 Km (50,000 miles) and need a full rebuild.
If you get a bad car, and someone always will, you will have problems no matter what you do