Just thought I'd share with you guys what I went through to upgrade my beloved Alfa!
I have a stock standard Alfa 147 2.0TS Manual. I bought this car in 2003 brand new. It had a few issues along the way, as does every alfa, but I still loved driving it every day. The mileage is currently sitting at 141000km and its been for every service at the Stealerships. The only major problem I've had was the clutch would get sticky from time to time and lose pressure or just fall to the floor while cruising on the highway. The clutch slave n master have been replaced 3 times already.
So my hunt for some performance upgrade began around September 2010. I wanted a bit more oomf! Even though I was already driving it hard since day 1. I've done some research on this forum and the net and contacted various ppl. First I wanted to upgrade the exhaust n opted for Viper Performance Exhausts, but never got the time to do it.
I then got in contact with ATC Pino, who was just plain down unfriendly and rude. Wanted to charge be R1500 just for a one-on-one session to discuss possible options for my car. Needless to say, I didnt go down that route.
Then I got in touch with the Legendary Oom Dawie at Glenwood! Just talking to him put my mind at ease cause he knows what he is talking about. He already had a plan on what he will be doing for my car. I do not have the full list of everything to be done, but it goes along the lines of :
- complete engine strip to check bearings and rings.
- Polished crank
- increase compression
- Wilder Cams
- Free flow
- UniQ chip
There are some other things to do, but I'll only know what he's done when I pick up my car again. Its currently at his shop n stripped! I miss my Alfa n cant wait to get her back!
oh, and when he removed the gearbox, he said bits n pieces fell out.......The thrust bearing was shot and I have a suspicion that this was the problem all along! The dealership just never bothered diagnosing the problem!
Ok I will give more details once I know, thats if anyone wants to know the outcome. Let me know and I'll fill you guys in.
Ciao for now