awesome, there's loads of people chipping in
Thanks for the pointer on the bulb, I'll try this tomorrow - nice one for the little guide morebhpplz. This "beast" is such a change from the 1,9 JTDm 147 I had...it's a bit rougher around the edges, but it's a lot more fun, I want to love and care for it and make it even better. And then go to the nurburgring. We all have a dream. It's probably the same for a few people
Just been out putting it through it's paces and getting a feel for it...had nothing like this before, and as the ac is no longer cold I've been forced to drive with the windows fully down (oh, what a shame). Listening to the engine I heard a few things which I just wanted to put forward here a I'm not sure if they are normal noises for the engine, or sometihng a bit wrong.
First off, sounds slightly tappety for a bit after start up...a slight ticking noise...these symptoms ring alarm bells from other stuff i've read on the forum but can't remember what it was. The chap thinks the oil change he did recently left the car with oil that's too thin and the pistons arn't quite hitting the top, and so it really needs a thicker oil? It sounded logical at the time...but now i'm not so sure. He was a very believable, honest older manchester uni lecturer and he had had 3 cars up until that week but sold them all for the move abroad.
Possibly linked to this...in lower gears you can hear a bit of whine from a motor...the same noise you get when your reversing...but i'm not sure what this means. Is it normal? Sounds like a motor might be a bit knackered? Not ideal
Lastly, there's a real rushing of air noise from about 4500 upwards...coming from the front, is it the car just guzzling air? Almost sounds like a loose hose spraying air out, or a screamer pipe. The car does have an aftermarket exhaust, a pretty mean one at that. Also not sure if any of these noises are exhaust based, but i'm fairly certain they are coming from the front. Other than that, the car is fkin brilliant - leather is pristine, bodywork barely marked...everything works, barring the odometer light.
As you can see, i'm a long term admirer of Alfa v6's but havn't experienced them much, so would just like some re-assuring (hopefully).
On a side note, theres some knocking from the rear suspension on bumps...otherwise it's ok, guess it's bushes, but guess i'l be taking it to the garage for them to diagnose.
I'm well up for getting involved and want to learn more about the car, so will be spending lots of time reading the forum and some of the tutorials to try and see if I can work them out, but welcome any suggestions from people in the know