JTS in for 60k service? Check the plugs
I popped down to Autolusso for a Saturday Surgery last weekend. As an aside, I can't recommend them highly enough. I've always maintained that I will pay and travel to get a good mechanic, so it looks like Bedfordshire is now the new spiritual home of my Alfa.
Anyway, I digress.
I've never been totally convinced that my JTS was anywhere near 165bhp...it always felt more like 120 and was a nightmare to drive smoothly at low revs. I'd always thought it was either a dodgey map or over-coking from 'early-jts-itis'. Well, it was none of these.
After having a jolly good poke around, Ned found that it was running the secondary spark plugs from a TS. Since I bought it 'used approved' it had a full service including new plugs; the garage must have just looked up 2.0 GTV and shoved in whichever plugs fitted.
After a year and a half of chugging around I've now got a little whippet of a car! My, my, my, the difference is quite extraordinary.
So - the moral to the story is: if you have a JTS and it goes in for the 60k service - or if the plugs have ever been changed - do a quick double check to make sure they are the right ones (same as the 3.0 apparently). You might be in for a treat!