A defector, but
still an Alfista at
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Poole, Dorset
This isn't really a very Alfa thing, it concerns a 1.9 Saab 9-3 cabriolet, but that car shared most of its powertrain with the 159. An old friend of mine bought one of the last open 9-3s just after the time that Saab folded. He's done a few miles in the thing, as far as the south of France & back, he's in his mid 70s and is far from a motoring novice, in the past he's had several Astons and similar vehicles, so he knows a bit about cars. He confessed to me yesterday that he'd only just discovered that his car has a 6 speed gearbox, the same as a 159, for at least two years he's been cruising motorways and autoroutes in 5th, convinced that was as high as he could go. There are no motorways near where I live in Dorset, so when I had my 159, 6th didn't get a whole lot of use, but at least I knew it was there and how to find it, the '6' on the gear knob was a pretty strong clue.
My current Mercedes has the world's most fiendishly complicated built-in satnav, I doubt if I'll keep the car long enough to fully master it, and there are several other features that practically need a degree to cope with, but at least I know what's there. Will anyone else here admit to discovering things about their cars only several years after they bought them? 6th gear in a 1.9 159 isn't the most usable cog, but has anyone here driven their car for a year or two without ever managing to find it?