WASTING ALL MY
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: United Kingdom
County: Greater London
The blandest car I rented in the last 3 years was a Giulietta - the basic 1.4 model of course. Its saving graces were amazingly good mpg and the brakes. The brakes were so good they were simply astonishing!. I did an "emergency stop" from 100km/h and I nearly threw up.
On the other hand, I have had no end of pain with brakes on all my Alfas. On all cars I used new brake fluid, refurbished the calipers, fitted new seals, new masters, fitted braided hoses, new discs (Alfa standard, then tried grooved and also cheap replacements), new copper lines, bleeded with all sorts of contraptions (pneumatic bleeder, ez-bleed, old-school, 1 way valves etc) and tried OEM original, Ferodo and EBC greenstuff pads.
I then gave it to professionals to sort out. Firstly to Tony Favarin, then to mechanic friend of mine, then AforAlfa then Autolusso.
I have NEVER managed to achieve a decent brake pedal. Most notably when you get in the car after a long period the pedal has lots of travel and needs a few pumps to feel firm (indicative of air in the system?).
Everytime I take it somewhere, I get told "your brakes are fine" and I leave always lighter in the pocket but not any more content (apart from Paul @ AforAlfa who agreed with me that the pedal could be a bit "higher" and suspected a non-original master)
Here are my speculations as to why I can't get "Giulietta" feel brakes:
1. No-one ever bothers bleeding with the ABS pump open despite my plea to do so.
2. My brake masters have always been good replacement but not original alfa
3. The reason that alfa uses coated steel lines is because it is a better material than "kunifer" as it doesn't flex and can resists higher pressure - despite the claims of people selling Kunifer - but isn't weather resistant, cannot be easily shaped and requires special tools to form the nipple.
4. Rear brake balancers valves are a pain and do affect the performance of the brakes a lot if they don't work properly (and they probably don't)
5. V6 brakes are a pain to bleed properly.
6. There must be some amount of wear and tear on the pedals pins after 16years of use leading to "play" when pressing the pedal.
7. Giulietta is a newer car so lot of development in 16 years.
Maybe one day I will get the pedal feel I want.....