FSDs and new Ti
springs - proper
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: United Kingdom
I'm quite odd, in that I have only ever owned alfas, most of them over 13 years old, and I am equally paranoid about checking oil level/tyre pressures, etc at least every time I fill up with fuel.
If I speak to non alfa owners (The Lost Sheep I like to call them) there parting shot after I mention my alfa ownership is something about rust (the 80's one did), unreliability (the 80's ones were "electrically tempremental") or oil consumption.
I usually put them right about these points, rust is preventable, as is unreliability if your a bit handy with a multimeter and crimp tool, but oil consumption I usually put down to the fact that the engines are so rewarding to take past 4000 rpm, so they will use more oil than a mondeo lump which never gets past 2K.
To the point, how much oil do you guys actually use?
I have just moved to a much more modern Alfa (166 3.2Ti), after writing off a 164 Cloverleaf, which did drink oil, perhaps 0.5L per 1000 miles/5 full tanks of juice. When i picked up the 166, the oil was on the bottom of the dipstick mark, so I topped it up before driving from Bristol back to London. I haven't topped fuel up yet (been on holiday and haven't had a chance to drive it much), so I haven't checked the oil yet, and wondering what is reasonable burn/consumption, and what was indicative of a leak.
Anwser on back of a postcard, etc