Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: United Kingdom
Had my Alfa in for its first service yesterday and the service manager's explanation for the uneven tyre wear was :- "Have you ever seen a Triumph Spitfire's back wheels? /---\ Alfa have set the wheels up like that which gives a sportier and tighter drive. At speed the wheels straighten up (!!!?), if you drive round town most of the time they never get the chance to and you get uneven wear..." Hmmm.
I have seen a Spitfire's wheels, I owned one for 10 years, that was more the result of a tired single transverse rear suspension spring sagging on a thirty year old car than any "sporty" set up. A new uprated spring and shock absorbers sorted that out.
He looked blank when I mentioned toe-in.
Anywho, the fronts where badly worn so I had them replaced (Acceleras) and the alignment adjusted as per this forum. The drive has been completely changed. Prior to this my wife actively disliked driving the Alfa. She said it was too skittish, that you couldn't relax driving, that it wasn't "planted" like our previous Audi, etc... This was mildly annoying to me as she drives a Merc M Class which is fine if you enjoy sailling rather than driving. Anyway, I had the alignment done without telling her and got ther to drive the Alfa, she immediately noticed a difference - for the better. This was form someone who had owned two Alfas previously.
If you look at the initial auto-press reviews, from memeory many of them seemed to mention how the 159 was a fine car but unsuited to our British roads (have these jokers ever driven on French, Italian or Spanish roads?).
Alfa completely gimped themselves with their idiotic set up. If they wanted to sell a "sporty" car they should've concentrated on putting engines in their cars worhty of their looks. I can't think of any other manufacturer who would build a beautiful car like the Brera and put such pedestrian engines in 90% of them... Cretins.
Last edited by palexr; 25-04-12 at 08:49.