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View Poll Results: Treat it or trash it?
Sympathetic - I look after my Bella 5 9.80%
Reasonably - Careful but naughty occasionally 32 62.75%
Maybe not - I love the thrill to much to resist 6 11.76%
Of course not - she's an Alfa, she's meant to be worked hard 8 15.69%
Other 0 0%
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Hmmm Are you a sympathetic driver?

After some discussion on another thread about the merits and demerits of engine braking I thought it would be interesting to find out what people think of their driving style in terms of mechanical sympathy.

I tend towards sympathetic and have always been pleased with (and complimented on) my gear changes. I never ride the clutch and rarely have to brake sharply. I also use the throttle to control my road speed and leave enough space from the car in front to do so. However, I lke going round corners quickly and have a tendency to go through tyres. I also like the kick you get from hard acceleration, so full throttle and quick changes are a common factor.

How about you lot?
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Re: Are you a sympathetic driver?

I believe I am a sympathetic driver. Rarely brake heavily, try to be smooth in changes and cornering. Even when attacking a favourite road I try to get a smooth, fast rythmn going rather than being hard on/off throttle/brake.

In 33 years of driving - and having some cheap old tat in my time too - I have never ever worn out a clutch.
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Fairly sympathetic driver. Don't like to push the engine too hard and let the car engine brake before a red light, rather than slam on the brakes.

But once in a while, a little devil takes hold of me and make that V8 scream
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Bloomin eck Jim, you're answer was up beforer I posted!!!!
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Bloomin eck Jim, you're answer was up beforer I posted!!!!
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So was mine
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I tend to be quite gentle with modern cars but I give the 33 dogs abuse. It requires a more intensive maintenance schedule though
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Re: Are you a sympathetic driver?

I'm not sure if the poll answers are a bit contradictory. You can still drive like your pants are on fire AND look after your car. I think everyone who has more than a passing interest in their car will always try to change gear and brake smoothly but that doesn't stop them burying it into the red and having a little slide out of the corners.

We need a poll answer which is "she's an Alfa, she's meant to be worked hard but I treat her nevertheless".
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Re: Are you a sympathetic driver?

I drive hard, lots of acceleration, lots of revs, lots of brakes

but I pay great attention to my cars, the slightest odd sound or odd feel will get immediate investigation, regular services every 7000kms, avoiding even the slightest pothole etc so I would say that even though I drive my cars hard I also look after them very well
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Re: Are you a sympathetic driver?

I also drive hard but ensure that all my Alfas are looked after mechanically and never skip on parts of costs.
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I'm pretty much the same as you Fraser. What does that equate to in your poll?
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Driving fast and having a thrash time to time is like having a dirty bird in bed.......

You know you shouldn't but they make you feel sooo good..



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I'm not sure if the poll answers are a bit contradictory. You can still drive like your pants are on fire AND look after your car. I think everyone who has more than a passing interest in their car will always try to change gear and brake smoothly but that doesn't stop them burying it into the red and having a little slide out of the corners.

We need a poll answer which is "she's an Alfa, she's meant to be worked hard but I treat her nevertheless".
I agree Rick, I guess that's why "other" is there


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I'm pretty much the same as you Fraser. What does that equate to in your poll?
I put reasonable.
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Yeah, I think I'd agree with that.
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Re: Are you a sympathetic driver?

I think i'm a sympathetic driver, I look after my bella and accelerate / brake with reasonable care.

I like a bit of fun and may use a few sets of tyres but thats about all and I still wont skimp on costs for keeping the car upto scratch.

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I voted - Of course not - she's an Alfa, she's meant to be worked hard.

But what Fraser said is a good description of my driving. Use the rev's and the grip and as little braking as possible.
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Occasionally naughty, usually to wind up Chavs in their Pugs
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31k and still on the original pads and discs
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mine gets introduced to the redline on a frequent basis, but only when the time its right, and i try not to then slam on the anchors.

however all my cars get oil changes every 3000 miles, for one of that means once every month, and i don't use crap oil either.

any sign of mechanical issue and it is dealt with, yes i drive them hard but treat them well as a reward
 
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Re: Are you a sympathetic driver?

Aye! I don't rev the **** out if it just for the sake of it.. I only red-line it to win.. but all those components are there to be used.. so it gets used, not abused.

I'm also a fan of buying the best parts I can afford... they're better value in the long run.

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I'm not sure if the poll answers are a bit contradictory. You can still drive like your pants are on fire AND look after your car. I think everyone who has more than a passing interest in their car will always try to change gear and brake smoothly but that doesn't stop them burying it into the red and having a little slide out of the corners.

I agree. Being sympathetic doesn't mean you never drive fast or hard.

Interpretation I guess. I equated "naughty" with carelessly hard on the mechanicals and the poll to be a descending scale as such.
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Sympathetic - I think
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Fairly sympathetic. I always read the road well ahead and adjust my speed accordingly, and don't brake hard. Driving like that I have managed 35mpg easily from the GTA on a run.

Also never worn a clutch out.
 
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Like to accelerate quickly and use the revs to do so so but very gentle on the brakes and everything else, it pays to read the road.
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