I have a 98 2.0TS which does exactly the same, really struggles as if the clutch is slipping then all of a sudden it seems to come on cam. A service made no difference. I had my belt changed at 68k by Halfords for about £300 including an Alfa spec service which I thought was pretty good. Have you got any really annoying rattles yet? I spend half my life searching and fixing damn rattles!
I have or had the same thing on my 1.8.
It is exactly the same. But on wednesday I went
to my dealer because it got very worse. And he found that
there was fresh water on top of one of the sparks.
I don't know how to explain exactly, but you should check
if it any water there. After an engine wash maybe.
After they removed the water this seems to have gone away completely.
I'll have to test for a few more days before I know for sure, but it looks very good so far.
In terms of rattles it is making a funny squeak from the front suspension but this seems to go away as the car and/or weather warms up.
Apart from that it is great.
Having problems getting my Blaupunkt Los Angeles head unit to work properly though. I have bought the adapter plate but this interferes with the motorised front mechanism so that it doesn't open or close.
Off to work in a bit to play about with my Dremel to see if that will fix it.
<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif"> When cold the engine will sometimes struggle to pull through 2-3000 rpm. But within 1/2 a mile of driving it is fine. <hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">had the same "problem". after chip tuning this was gone....
back to the cam belt question i would advise the belt change, as you may possibly regret it at a later stage as they are known to go earlier than alfa suggest(ed).I had a problem with the cam shaft timing sensor, and as the cam belts,and associated equipment had to come off the logical move was to have it all replaced. As stated in an earlier thread, i have only done 33k. As stated though price might come as a shock.
my twinny does a similarish kinda thing... i don't really notice tho... i drive low revs for the first wee bit of journey usually. (quite often at 5am so don't want to wake neighbours up )
I think it's where it's running on 'full choke' settings and a wee bit too much fuel going in... If i hit full throttle at 1000rpm... it's dead untill 2,200 roughly then launches mega stylee. As with yours.. only happens when engine is cold... and for the first 1/4 mile or so.
"Consider a high performance engine - it works fine with loads of fuel going through it, but when it is idling it coughs, farts and splutters.
Jason's stomach is obviously high performance judging by the coughs, farts and splutters when he is not eating."
Not sure if it is exactly the same problem, but my 2.0 156 had a sort of misfire when cold. Took it to a local specialist who diagnosed a dodgy lambda sensor. This was sending the wrong signal to the ECU and resulted in an incorrect mixture. Seems to have fixed the problem - £95 for the part plus labour charge for tracking it down.