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Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Buckingham, UK
Re: Selespeed driving tips
I spent alot of time in a 156 selepeed (gen 1).
The car only dropped into neutral when you spent 2 mins at a standstill with your foot on the brake. 1 min at a standstill with your foot off the brake.
I had a much smother change up if I lifted off the throtle as I changed gear, the same as in a manual car. The timing of it takes a little practice (a fraction of a second after hitting the selector) but it became natual. I didn't use any throttle when downchanging or braking.
I drove a gen II selespeed as a loan car. I used the same techniques, but it was a smother upchange however you drove it, but seemed to like keeping a constant throttle position through the shift.
Braking to a stop, sometimes I'd drop it into neutral (only allowed if you have slight brake pedal pressure, are below 40kph, and are in 4th or lower gear. It's a bit smother as you coast to a halt, but if theres any chance I'd be re-accelerating before I came to a stop, I'd run down the gears. It's also more fuel efficient.
At the traffic lights I'd mostly leave it in gear. It actually makes no difference to the car, as it hold the clutch in whatever you do.
I had 80,000 Km out of my car with no problems before I sold it. Some others had much, much less before encountering problems. I'm not saying it was how they drove, necesarily, but I did well out of mine.
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Alfa History: '78 GTV 2.0, '83 GTV6 2.5, '98 156 Selespeed 2.0, '96 GTV 2.0, '96 GTV 2.0, '05 GT 3.2 V6, '96 146 2.0ti, '99 156 2.4JTD, '01 147 1.6 Lusso.
Current Others: TVR T350 Spider, AM V12 Vantage