Here's a post I just put in General Discussions, forgive me if you've already read it there.
Hi all, been away for a while (been busy with new girlfriend, but a bit of a result as she's half-Italian and loves everything Italian including Alfas, Italian food, cycling and Bianchi bikes, in no particular order!) We were at Spring Alfa day and she loved it.
I digress though! Some twerp hit me up the arse and I've had a new rear bumper fitted. At the same time at my own expense, I had the front bumper resprayed as well to get rid of stone chips. I also took the opportunity to have the WHOLE of them resprayed including the black parts, a la JTS, a worthwhile thing methinks, much better-looking. The 1st time, they weren't happy with the colour match so they re-did it. They then announced they were happy. I went to pick up the car, but I'M not happy. They use ICI paint and the original paint is DuPont according to the sticker in the car. The man from ICI says they can match any colour perfectly, but that red is a particularly hard colour and Alfa Rosso in particular. The car was manufactured in Sept 2001, I bought her new as an import in Feb 2002. The paint they sprayed the bumpers with is, if anything, a little orange and lighter compared with the rest of the body colour. The bumpers were originally a perfect match although he reckons this is not always the case, even from new.
The colour difference is not huge, although I tend to think if I can see a difference, then it's not good enough. Any thoughts on this?
Also, I have the Selespeed Veloce with Sportspack 3. I've never been that happy with the handling (infact, it pains me to say that the 2L Mondeo courtesy car I had while Claudia was in the bodyshop handled very well, was well balanced and gripped the road like glue). Claudia rolls a lot when pushed hard on corners, understeers and it seems that the springs are too soft for the dampers or something. The settings just seem wrong to me. I've had a test drive in a 156 GTA and it feels like a totally different car (even though it has basically the same suspension components I think). Do I need a set of Eibach springs, is it worth getting different roll bars, polyurethane bushes etc, or even a totally new set up including the dampers? I don't necessarily want to lower the car, infact, I don't think the GTA is actually lower than mine! BTW, needless to say, the Dagenham slapper Mondeo is an ugly-looking beast with an engine like a rusty buzzsaw, very little steering feedback and an interior like a ....Ford...., but nevertheless, in the dry, I'd say it cornered quicker than Claudia.
PS hope you're all enjoying your bellas in the spring sunshine!