Give me an Alfa
Join Date: Apr 2012
County: Vila Real
Yeah, most likely to be the clutch giving up! Sometimes i feel that tthe one in my 159 is going away to. When i had the audi, a taxi driver friend of mine (around here they're like tricks and quick solutions gurus!!!) taught me a some how easy method to see if the clutch was ok or not so ok: Get the car to a levelled place, engage 3rd gear(de-multiplied gear) and hand brake then slowly release clutch and give it a litle trothle as if you're pulling of, the car's back end will suffer a bit but if you notice some kind of rough vibration syncronized whit the rev counter un-accuracy means the clutch is slipping and not very effective.
Being told that clutch issues where a pain on certain alfa engines, this was one of the first tests i made when i was negotiating to buy the car! Dealer went crazy on me and i had to ask him if he was thinking i'm crazy, next thing i got the car and him into a motorway to give the beans to the beast, it went to 230 km/h in less than 2 miles whit no hesitation or any other sympthom. and it still does! i hope you manage to solve the situation whit not much effort. peace