I am very much a newbie to 916 ownership having only had my GTV TS for six days now, I know that the first week can make or break a love affair with an Alfa and I am glad to say that I am very much in love! I was looking for a very usable car that would bring a sense of pride in ownership as well as a desire to keep what I view as a stunningly attractive future classic on the road and the 916 fits this with the added bonus of two seats in the back.
I set about searching all the usual online places eventually finding a newly listed bargain on Gumtree. A 2001 GTV TS in silver with the all important (for me) 17" Teledials with black leather in Lusso spec. Having trawled this forum and Squadra916 for helpful hints and tips as well as general inspiration I just wanted to share the experiences of my first week of ownership.
Overall I love the experience of the drive, the power is usable and the handling very good and I have been left wanting to try a V6! The car itself is pretty comfortable for me at 6ft although I am still mastering a graceful exit from the car when flanked by other cars in the car park!! Everything feels of pretty good quality apart from the speakers, which were never in danger of blocking out the all important engine notes. Whilst on the subject of engine my top tip to date would be use a fuel with a high RON factor as after five days of lumpy idle and running and full belly of Shell V-Power had these lumps levelled out and the engine purring nicely. Just how many expensive trips to the dealer or specialist could have been avoided??
So far the only change that has been made by me is on the head unit replacing a rather busy (for me) Sony unit and replacing it with a better performing yet too glossy (for me) Kenwood unit that I bought on the amount of features (Bluetooth, two USB slots, customisable display) and the potential of a nice unique install project for a very resaonble price of £99 reduced from £300. Happy me, happy wallet!
Oh I actually lie as a previous owner replaced the interior lights and the puddlelights with green tinted bulbs for a rather strange look, I have since changed these with crisp white LEDs giving a more modern feel.
Tomorrow will be a day with the spanner and an allen key as I begin to tinker looking to cure the following, of which if you have any top tips to save me time or money in putting these right please let me know.
- Various door rattles, one of which sounds like glass
- Upgrade rear speakers - I have bought FLi 6x9s which I believe plug straight in near enough and the fronts appear to have been done already
- Clean anything that will help with the general running of the engine - Air/Fuel/Throttle
- Investigate a brake squeak
- Rattling from the boot
- Replace headlight bulbs - Have purchased brighter/whiter bulbs
- Plan the unque little install and maybe break our the Dremel