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  1. Alfa Stelvio
    Preface: My last 3 cars were Alfa: 156 JTD 2.4 Lusso - loved the drive, but not the uncomfortable seats 159 JTS 2.2 Lusso - loved the look, but heavy. Also that engine was very uninspiring 159 TI TBI - loved everything about it, except the ride on uneven surface roads and rough tarmac I owe my...
  2. The Classic Alfa Romeos
    A few observations from owning a series 2 over the last year or two... Totally standard car, 2.0 twin del-orto carbs. 165R14 Michelin XAS tyres. Handling. I have later front wheel drive Alfas that are obviously more capable, namely 166 and 156 GTA both with Q2 diffs and suspensions upgrades...
  3. Alfa Giulia
    Just wanted to share with you some interesting observations on the battery voltage as I have been driving around with a voltmeter in the 12V outlet in the ashtray of my Giulia Super 2.0 TB 200 hp ( Dec 2016 ) After starting the engine and driving off the voltmeter shows 12.8-13.0V. The voltage...
  4. Alfa Giulia
    A couple of tips to those who are driving to France or Italy in their Giulia. We just covered 1950 miles to Lago Maggiore and back via the Grd St Bernard pass. The trip says we averaged 40mph and averaged 39.7mpg. On the trip down, between Dieppe and Dijon, with the cruise set at 120kph we got...
  5. General Motoring Discussion
    I am currently on a sabbatical in Graz, a city of around 300000 population in Austria. Where I am staying is in very close to car dealership complex which includes Alfa Romeo. A few random observations : 1. I've been here for two weeks now. So far I have seen 3 Giulias and 3 Stelvios on road...
  6. Alfa Giulietta
    I switched from 159 to a 65 plate Giulietta 1.6 120 jtdm with 20k two months back and thought I'd write some comments and ask some questions... Pretty happy: - Diesel consumption - cruising easily gets 60-65 mpg but not often does it go into the 70s. - Great engine and ride, steering easy and...
  7. Alfa Giulia
    Hi all, compared to my Jag XF I've noticed a couple of issues with the Giulia stop-start (2.2 180). First it only stops for 30 sec and then restarts, the Jag could hold a stop for 5 mins. I'm assuming this is battery capacity related? Secondly when it restarts it sounds/feels like the engine...
  8. Alfa Giulietta
    Hi Guys I've always had an issue with tyres developing flat spots, on both my G's. My GMA TCT came standard with Pirelli something or other. I hated those tyres but fortunately the car chew them up in record time. I replaced them with Michellin Pilot Sport 3's, which are my favorite tyres...
  9. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Having had this done at autolusso dunstable I thought I would post my findings after a couple of weeks of driving around. well firstly the peace of mind from having it done makes it a good decision so I don't regret it in any way for my situation,the age and mileage of car and my very high...
  10. Alfa 164 & 166
    My temp guage has been showing the classic cool running when on the motorway lately so after seeing that thermostats seem to be a hot topic at the moment I changed mine today. I used a genuine Alfa one that came with a paper gasket. To be fair its really easy to swap the thermostats but it a...
  11. Tuning & Upgrades
    We've had the Quaife diff fitted since the Autolusso engine rebuild on our GT so now that the engine is run in, we've been able to give it some beans:cool: Compared to the Q2 we had fitted for over 60k, it's quieter, especially on lock & there's hardly any torque steer, that is, it's less of a...
  12. Alfa 159, Brera & Spider
    Having read numerous horror stories about tyre wear on the Brera I thought it may be worth giving details of my experience and observations. I bought my car a 2007 2.4 – 210 SV about a year ago having opted out of the company car scheme and electing to run my own car for business purposes. My...
  13. Alfa 164 & 166
    Having just done this, thought I'd post up a couple of observations in case they help anyone. This is the second cambelt change the car has had. Last one was before I bought it and was 5 years ago at about 70k. It's now just shy of 100k miles, so due on time, not miles. Buy/obtain the following...
  14. Alfa GTA
    I got my 147 GTA back in May and the previous owner had done a brilliant job of really looking after the car and nothing really needed doing. As an owner of some quite sporty cars, I was really surprised, although I had read a lot about the Busso engine, as to just how fantastic it was. Having...
  15. Alfa 33, Sud & Sprint
    Hello all, had a great run on Monday down to Cornwall in my Sud, car going well but noticed a couple of things and wonder if there normal: Bit of a smell of fuel from the fuel filler cap, opened it and could hear the tank pop back into shape as the vapour came out. Should it build up this much...
  16. Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    Had the car a couple of weeks now (Year 2000 Lusso on 17's), and wanted to post some thoughts and see if people have experienced the same, or it is a case of TADTS!! Tramlining, quite severe to the point where the car feels dangerous! Harsh ride, especially over broken roads, my 911 rode...
  17. Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    I changed my oil in my 156 2.0 TS today. I noticed a few things that made me think about the "fragileness" of the TS engine. Alfa say it's fine to go for 20 000km between services and oil changes. Then they back this up by fittling the most pathetic little excuse for an oil filter that I've...
  18. Alfa 155
    Hi all, I'm an owner of 155 2.0 TS 16V Super in Southeastern Europe since end of May 2007. I would like to share some observations I made for the 13 000 km that I've driven with my alfa. 1. AR 155-2.0-TS-16V- fine piece of machinery. Good feeling while driving - slight "pain" in the kidneys...
  19. Engines (TS, JTS, JTD & V6)
    I have just managed to sucessfully complete the cambelt and variator change on my latest 156 and have a few observations.. Compared to my 145 QV the access to some of tensioner retaining bolts is quite limited, I would have thought there was more space... I also noticed that whoever changed...
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