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Hi folks, had my engine terracleaned today. They came to the house and went at it for about an hour. When they started the second cleaning cycle after the soak period, a whole lot of smoke bellowed out for a good 8-10 mins. Took it out and caned it afterwards and the difference was really noticeable - smoother, quieter and pulling hard from way down. Early days yet i know but she's in for a service tomorrow so I'll update in a week or so to let you know in case any of you are curious.
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Indeedy, how mucho? My 'really good' JTD is smoking like a beagle, I think a good clean would work wonders.
 
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Including Vat it was €160 for me, its cheaper if it's below 2ltr. Called them on Saturday and they called by this afternoon on the way back from a call in the midlands. I've no affiliation but was impressed with both the product and the service.
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Ouch! No, not for me then. Not yet anyway, gonna do my EGR blank and clean the turbo first. If it still shmoky then ill give it a go.
 
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We have Terraclean at work and I can honestly say I haven't done a single vehicle yet whereby I haven't noticed a difference between the before and after test-drives. We had a 159 JTD in a while back with a DPF issue that wouldn't even do a forced regeneration, same with a ford focus tdci, both responded to a regeneration and were fine thereafter, following a Terraclean! I'm consistently amazed by it!
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Yeah, i changed my egr and cleaned the map. Still having an issue with rough idle when the engine hits temp. Tried cleaning out the inlet manifold & throttle body yesterday but had to admit defeat to a bolt that had been reading about excalibur might re-visit it with heavy duty kit again ...
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Just back from my first extended spin post the cleanout - average fuel consumption was 8.1l/100km now 7.1l/100km. As i average 4000km per month, if it keeps like that, it'll save me €720 per year in fuel costs. Much smoother now as well and is pulling much better although i did have air, oil & fuel filters changed yesterday.
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Thanks for the update, will be interesting seeing how long it lasts before you need to do it again.
 
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700kms covered, average now 6.8l/100km
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253,922KM covered-savage!
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Single-handedly trying to rescue alfa's reliability reputation. Do you reckon they'll give me a new one when i get to 500,000????????
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Single-handedly trying to rescue alfa's reliability reputation. Do you reckon they'll give me a new one when i get to 500,000????????
Eh.....no!
Remember there's a 164 Twinnie in UK with over 500,000 miles.
But good for you all the same.
I wonder is TS Eddie still running his 166TS last I heard it was on 270K miles?
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That's a good omen for my 156 at a measly 160,000km

Is there a thread on here for the alfa with the highest mileage? If not someone should start it!

You know that the Mighty Ed China endorses that Terraclean thing? That is recommendation enough for me tbh, will have to get saving!
 
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That's a good omen for my 156 at a measly 160,000km

Is there a thread on here for the alfa with the highest mileage? If not someone should start it!

You know that the Mighty Ed China endorses that Terraclean thing? That is recommendation enough for me tbh, will have to get saving!
Think there was a thread on the 166 forum?
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On 254,121 now and reckon i'll hit 275,000 by the end of the year (touch wood) fair dues to those 166's though - are they like trigger's brush???
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On 254,121 now and reckon i'll hit 275,000 by the end of the year (touch wood) fair dues to those 166's though - are they like trigger's brush???
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Eddie's TS was never opened up.
I'm old enough to know about his 4/5 new heads and handles Dave!!!!
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That's a good omen for my 156 at a measly 160,000km

Is there a thread on here for the alfa with the highest mileage? If not someone should start it!

You know that the Mighty Ed China endorses that Terraclean thing? That is recommendation enough for me tbh, will have to get saving!
My 156 is at 216,000 km and feels like it has 60,000 on her. Not a rattle or anything and handles corners like a dream. At my annual mileage however, it'll be 10 years by the time I reach 300,000.

What effect would this terraclean have on a petrol v6?
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Not 100% sure scortho, i do know it was initially developed for petrol engines and certainly improves efficiency. Outside that, i guess it depends on what you're unhappy with. If mine wasn't running rough and drinking too much, i probably would have kept my money in my pocket. Have a look at the website i guess?
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I own a Fiat/Alfa specialist in Birmingham and having seen good reports I contacted Terrclean, they came last week to demo the system. They insisted the cars used were cars we knew well and used regularly so that we would notice the difference.
Matt that works here runs a Mondeo TDCi and this was the first demo, we went for a run after the clean which takes about an hour and Matt straight away noticed a smoother idle, less smoke under acceleration, better pick up from low revs and after 1 week a slight improvement in economy.
The only petrol car available was our 1,2lt Panda, I really doubted we would see any difference on this one but I drove it after the process and the idle was improved and pick up was better. Not seen any improvement in economy as it is not my daily driver.
With all the issues we are seeing with Diesel Manifolds/EGR'S and DPF'S clogging I ordered the equipment.
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I own a Fiat/Alfa specialist in Birmingham and having seen good reports I contacted Terrclean, they came last week to demo the system. They insisted the cars used were cars we knew well and used regularly so that we would notice the difference.
Matt that works here runs a Mondeo TDCi and this was the first demo, we went for a run after the clean which takes about an hour and Matt straight away noticed a smoother idle, less smoke under acceleration, better pick up from low revs and after 1 week a slight improvement in economy.
The only petrol car available was our 1,2lt Panda, I really doubted we would see any difference on this one but I drove it after the process and the idle was improved and pick up was better. Not seen any improvement in economy as it is not my daily driver.
With all the issues we are seeing with Diesel Manifolds/EGR'S and DPF'S clogging I ordered the equipment.
Thanks for letting us know Iceberg!
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I work part-time for Iceberg (Motormech in Birmingham) - when he showed me the Terraclean kit, I was a little sceptical, but I decided to do some reading.

Apart from the occasional "snake-oil" comment from people that have never tried it, I'm struggling to find any negative comments - all seem to suggest smoother and more economical running post-treatment

So - I'm biting the bullet and getting Iceberg to Terraclean my 165,000 mile Alfa GT 1.9 Jtd. Its my daily commuting hack, doing at least 80 miles a day. I'm currently getting just over 44mpg average - here's my history from Fuelly.com since I bought it last June

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So - we'll soon see whether it makes any difference - I'll post back here when I've had it done, and as I fill up over the next couple of tanks
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had the Terraclean done today and drove home the 30 miles from Birmingham

There is an instant and very noticeable improvement in low-rev acceleration - from just above tickover to about 2,000rpm its definitely smoother and faster.

I usually get high 40s mpg on my weekday commute and a bit less on Saturdays due to all the stop-start on the way into Birmingham. Last week, because it was half term and the traffic was much lighter, I got my best-ever tank mpg at 48.1.

On the way home today, 55.2mpg - so, it looks like Terraclean's claims may well be substantiated.

I'll report back again after a week's worth of normal commuting. If its anything above 44mpg, there must have been an improvement
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Update as promised.....

I'm normally a huge sceptic when it comes to claims of huge mpg improvements, but I'm always willing to be convinced.

In this case, I'm glad I was.

The GT is habitually doing 2-5mpg more than it used to on my daily commute (I have half a dozen points in the journey where I measure the MPG, so its a semi-controlled test)

I filled up on the way to Motormech on Saturday and had the Terraclean treatment done. This involves holding the engine at 2,000rpm for ten or fifteen minutes, then a "soak test", then another ten or fifteen minutes at 2,000rpm again. When I drove away from Motormech, the tank average was in the mid 20s, as it had been running for ages and hadn't moved. A week's commuting later (circa 400 miles) and I've now used about 2/3 of a tank and the Trip A is showing over 50mpg.

On Thursday evening, due to leaving work late, there was very little traffic and driving quite gently I got a recorded 58.5mpg - my best-ever return on the commute. OK, we all know the trip computer is normally a pathalogical liar, but since the remap, I've found it to be spookily accurate - never more than 2mpg out and usually within 0.5mpg

If I can get over 50mpg as a tank average, I'll be well chuffed. I calculate that if I can get a 5mpg improvement, I'll get about 60 miles more per tank, which is clearly going to save around 7 per tank. At that rate, I'll be in profit in very short order

I'll keep you posted
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That's good to hear. I've got my GT booked in on the 12th
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