Hi guys, im new to this forum and I hope you can help.
Can anyone tell me if they have had problems with the rear bushes on a S reg GTV 2.0 Lusso ??
I only ask due to the " weird" camber on both my rear wheels. They are approximately 2 inches in under the wing. or is this normal.
Ive been behind a couple of GTV's on the road and their wheels look pretty vertical with only a little camber.
Please advise !!!!
Location: Malta, the sunniest Member State to be!!
The best would be to jack it up possibly with a trolley jack and check the bush conditions visually and physically by checking their play with your hands.
The bushes on my car are already 'cobwebbed' if you know what I mean, thanks to the silverstone-like-not Maltese roads... and the car only has 29K's on it. I'm ordering a set of Powerflex (www.powerflex.co.uk) bushes shortly. I beleive Luke had them mounted on his GTV - there's a thread on it lurking somewhere in here.
Thanks guys, my car is booked in on Tuesday also to have cam belt change and new valve variator fitted. So I wll get the mechanic to have a look at the bushes.
Robo, are you going for the Powerflex Polyurethene bushes ??
I am think about them as a replacement.
Also, I am starting to "decorate" my car a little and have ordered the J10 front splitter and boot spoiler...do any of you guys have new Kit fitted and could send me some pics to get some more ideas, ????
I'm getting them reeplaced under gaurantee so it'll be whatever official Alfa Dealer use themselves.
I'm sure glad I'm not paying, no add ons yet on my gtv 17" telephone dial wheels are my next purchace but waiting to see if theres any new wheel designs with the facelifted model.
As for the Powerflex Polyeurethane bushes - Get them fitted, they don't cost much, in fact they end up costing less than the standard Alfa rubber items as you can replace the lower arm bushes with the powerflex kit rather than having to buy complete new lower arm assemblies (good old rip-off Alfa parts department). You will never have to replace your bushes again if you fit the Powerflex bushes, so in the long run it makes perfect sense. They also tighten up the handling a bit, so far I cannot come up with any negative points regarding this upgrade...
Yup, got the strut brace, Autodelta chip, carbon air intake mod, upgraded brakes, braided brake hoses and a load of other stuff as well. Pity I have to sell it, I just don't think it's practical to take it back home to the UK with me.. Ahh well...
Still, I would go for the strut brace, I felt it made a big diffeerence, although some people disagree with me - You can probably find out more ny checking out www.gtvv6.com .
Luke ive just had a look at the link you sent me.....wow, some of those cars are gorgeous.
Just now my car has no body styling but as i said in previous thread, ive purchased the J10 front splitter and rear spoiler....but thats just the start ( oh and also the crystal side repeaters and front splash guards )
I'm running 18" Zender Siena rims, I think they are the ultimate wheel for the GTV, but I'm biased. You can get them as 17" rims too. There are so many choices out there, but I think the standard Alfa 17" teledials or the Zender Sienas look best...
Hi rarebear, just sent you a pm - It would be great to pass her on to someone on the site, just so I can stay in touch on the forum and see how she's getting on with her new owner. Plus I know she'll be with a real Alfa enthusiast...
First message from me , so excuse the ranting..
My cars a 2L TS and it's great but....
would you normally expect a £1500 bill at 48,000 miles?
- new bushes all round - Powerflex rules, but the labour costs ££££££'s
- rear tyres shot due to sidewalls packing up as a result of rear bushes gone
- new exhaust - centre and tail section just about to go.
- 48k service
- cam belt replaced.
What have I learnt? - shop around. One quote for cam belt replacement was £417(not franchise dealer) - DTR - Mortlake did it for £239.
There is very little info on maintaining and tuning GTV's - this forum's the exception.
Questions for you;
performance exhaust or std?
Which aftermarket exhaust is good - have there been any comnparisons?
To chip or not to chip, that is the (2nd) question
Which Alfa specialists are good? - Alfa Aid are ok - but can be pricey. DTR seem ok. Others?
I think we're talking cross purposes . Its the metal hanger on the exhaust (next to the rear box) thats rusted through and snapped . The rubber thing on the body it attaches to seems OK . I'll stick up a photo when my digital camera arrives ...
Hopefully i'll only have to replace the rear box ? But suspect it may all be galled together and i have to end up replacing the whole lot . As Alfa Aid are pretty close to where i work they'll probably get the business unless someone can suggest a better experience in the berkshire/surrey area ?