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Don't visit very often, but spend a lot of time reading about the activities on the site. A lot of useful info, just it takes me a bit of time to filter it. However, on to the point. Having just got my 100,000 Q4, 159, there was still a few little jobs I needed doing before committing to the Italian holiday. So I plumbed to leave the car with Paul, one of my local Alfa specialists. He had the wheels refurbished pewter and fitted new discs, changed the gearbox/front/centre diff, transfer box and rear diff oils for me. Great job. Also, to be honest, the prospect of 17 to 21 MPG over 3000 miles was a little daunting. So I took my little GT, 1.9 JTD. 132 thousand on the clock; maintained by Paul and Mario; and she was brilliant.
The enclosed picture is of the Simplon Pass coming over from Italy to Switzerland on the 25th May. I have always said, "You could tow a caravan up Mount Everest in any Alfa, so low is the first gear." Well now I know the second reason for that; the first being - mechanical oil pumps aren't very efficient at low revs, when pulling away. Thus the load is on the crank and journals is minimized and no wonder all my engines have lasted so long. However, that little GT never put a foot wrong that day. Into the last tunnel before the Swiss border, it had been torrential rain all the way. Coming out It was white stuff. 10 inches of snow and although the Swiss snow guys were doing their best, it was carnage. Jack - knifed lorries, five caravans getting a little too friendly with the rock face and the drainage channel on the nearside - Tre's expensive and don't ever be tempted to by an Audi 4X4. Merc's , BMW slithering all over and Audi's may perform well in rallies (not the same animals as they sell the public), but on at 6514ft. up, on a 18ft wide road, they were useless. It took four and a half hours to do 57 miles, But that little GT was superb. My wife even had time to take some pictures, so re-assuring was it. Oh, and get out the car to clear the windscreen a couple of times, as the weight of snow fall had Bu-ed the wipers. Happy days, great holiday. Can't bring my self to Part with her now, difficult to explain, but putting her into first gear and Idling down, never touching the brakes or throttle, it is hard to describe how good it was. Thank You Alfa.
Kind Regards All,
P.S. Went to Cambridge , 45 miles on the A14, in the 159 on cruise control, 30.8mpg - what's going on? On the pedal I have only ever managed 21 ish.