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Driven from Menaggio in Italy to Reims in France through heavy rain & even snow. Shattered now. Tracking data attached!

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very good average mph for the distance....does it include refresh stops Jezza would be proud
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very good average mph for the distance....does it include refresh stops Jezza would be proud
That's continuous tracking so includes stops.

One fuel stops, two loo stops. The weather was generally horrendous and the first 30 miles was serious mountain terrain.

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Decided that the 159 is a keeper. Have to suck it up, stop being a puss, take it to a good technician, explain what's what whit the car and let them work on it! First thing's first: 400€ or so are going to retrofit expenses on the brake sistem: Discs front and back, pads (Textar or Brembo) braided hoses all the way and a refill whit perfect brand new brake fluid. next month maybe I'll take it to install brand new kumhos ku31 on it and pay for a perfect drive train alignement!!!! That's it. but today I'm cleaning it, even bought a karcher steam thing!!!!
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Front wheel refurb, ready for lease return next week, polished it. Cried at the thought of not having it
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My Brera had a post Italy run wash & brush up
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My Brera had a post Italy run wash & brush up
20mpg average must hurt on a long run! I get about 25mpg mixed driving, but can go up to about 32mpg on a long motorway run.

Looking forward to my long trip next month!
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Had it rear/side ended while it was parked :( .....

Some idiot slammed into the rear/side while it was parked in my street
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I fitted a CG lock and Gus fitted some Koni adjustable shocks and some Eibach springs. I had a small issue with one of the wheels and it turns out one of the original shocks was bent. Not had chance to test it properly yet.

The local Eastern Europeans cleaned the outside on the way home and I polished the inside of the windows when I got home.
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This modding is addictive.

As my car produces a lot of power and running sweet as a nut, I thought it was time to fiddle with it again.

Booked in to see Gus at Alfatune to see if there is any more to that could be released out of my Frankenstein 159, but to be honest was not holding out much hope. You know how it goes as I drive it every day I've sort of got used to it, but if I take someone out in it they ether start laughing or swearing.

Oh boy was I wrong ! Again Gus delved in to his magic laptop and we spent half a day mapping and testing.

Trust me it really was not lacking in the performance department after my last visit once I'd finished all the mods.

But I came away having a car that surprised me almost as much now as when Gus first mapped it.

Cheers Gus

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Some idiot slammed into the rear/side while it was parked in my street
Wounded !

Feel your pain. How much damage have they done, is it the two hub fixing bolts that have broken or is it more serious ?
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Two new rear tyres for my 19" Ti wheels.
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Two new rear tyres for my 19" Ti wheels.
Flipping 'eck Stuart, last night wasn't that hard on them was it?
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Just ordered a brand new set of the original 19 inch Ti multispoke rims.
The original Ti sideskirts will get fitted next week.
I never found the perfect Tbi as TI wich is why i bought a lusso but after this there wont be much difference except i got more compfortable leather seats (i had a Ti before ) and it will be slightly lower with the eibachs.
I done that with my Lusso too. Very expensive but I don't regret it. The alloys look so much better than the old multispoke Lusso jobs. Enjoy, and post a pic if you can.
 
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Flipping 'eck Stuart, last night wasn't that hard on them was it?
If I'd tried to keep up with you I may have needed all 4!

It's actually been booked in or a couple of weeks as the rears were getting down to 2mm.
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Had four new Pirelli P Zero Nero GT's fitted on my Brera for a few pence under 697.

235/45/18 98Y XL's. The Bridgestone's that came off were still legal, just, after 22k.
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Fixitsans dongle arrived in the post this morning, so eager to stop gunk getting into the engine. Only going to use it on EGR mode for the time being (you can also set it to stop regens, that will come later). So fitted a full diamond shaped blanking plate (and noted how much easier the job is in the warm summer and nice and bright!), it works by stopping EGR error messages, not stopping the EGR, hence the plate .
I also took the MAP out, and being well gunked up, gave it a good clean with a bit of EGR cleaner and light rubbing with a toothbrush (then sprayed a bit of cleaner through the hole into the manifold).

Turned over a little longer before starting (has been fine after that), and the engine immediately seemed smoother, even though I had a restrictor plate in before, I felt that there was a little more acceleration, and a tad smoother (there always used to be a jump around 2,000rpm before), in the sub 2,000rpm area..


Then took it to the Eastern Europeans for a clean, followed by a DIY wax with poorboys.

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Had four new Pirelli P Zero Nero GT's fitted on my Brera for a few pence under 697.

235/45/18 98Y XL's. The Bridgestone's that came off were still legal, just, after 22k.
That's a helluva good price; where'd you get them from?

EDIT: scratch that; just noticed they're 18s not 19s. D'oh!
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Picked her up from Autolusso after she has been there a couple of weeks having some more work done, including the very newest versions of the Powerflex bushes! ::

Had the gearbox oil changed (oil for life my arse!)
and the Spider bearing in one of the CV joints sorted.

She is so smooth through the gear changes now, silky!
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Yesterday, toke it to a regional leisure spin about! Ambar warning light came on after 20 mi driving, still, got stuborn at it and continued on limping but somehow a regen started and all went back to normal, the warning light is still on tough.
But:
It's a wonder how a big car such as the 159 behaves on tricky serpentining roads, never losing grip, never giving you the lost control status, just step on it, point it to a corner and it will perform amazingly. Even got to drive in 40 mi motorway after that and was getting bored, these cars were made for complicated roads!
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2 new drilled grooved font disks and pads ( warped the Brembos oops!)
4 new injectors due to clowns as allams putting in shatty petrol

Goes like a dream again now and stops without shuddering my teeth out
Looking forward to 23rd June run
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Given it the first good clean and hoover for ages. Went over the outside black plastics with some Meguiars stuff to blacken them back up, looks a bit better. Hopefully it'll stop misbehaving if it feels better!
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