Okay, this was weird. I've driven an Alfa 147JTD 2003 (115bhp) model... and it felt almost like another car in comparison with my Alfa 147JTD 2001 (also 115bhp, same kit). Changing gears, the clutch, the suspension, even the engine noise (the turbo to be more precise), it was all different, not necessarily better tho.
The ride feels different, less trashy. Some bumps simply don't have the same "bang" effect. Although the ride feels softer, it doesn't lean in corners more than it used to. Overall, I really can't say if it's better.
The clutch feels heavier, and only grips when you almost completely lift the pedal. Mine is way lighter, and grips as soon as you release the pedal by less than an inch. I really like it that way, but sadly that has changed?
The turbo is more alive under 2000rpm. Until that point you can hear the turbo too, full throttle or virtually not, the sound is always there. The engine feels more powerful under 2000rpm, and you will notice this instantly because for that reason you're always automatically driving at lower rpm's. This really feels like an improvement because my Alfa does nothing under 2000rpm, unless you put the paddle to the metal by figure of speech.
And the brakes, i can't figure out what happened with my brakes. The 2003 model felt like a fly could do an emergency stop, and mine needs an elephant foot to do the same.
This is probably a small issue with my car? Or did the brakes change too?
Anyone else have the same experience or can confirm these changes? I knew about the exhaust, suspension arms, and many other small changes, but never thought the driving experience would be different.