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I see these people talking about reving it 6000rpm etc..

I could probably count on one hand the times i've reached that! :rolleyes:

Am I just being soft, or do most people keep it in the lower revs?

I guess my reasons are I don't want to the car to break :D and to save petrol.

I do occasionally give it to it and get it up to 5000, but even then it feels like it's reving hard, i don't really have the balls to go further :cry:
 

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What he said!:D




Tho' I'm being a bit cautious at the mo since I think I have an engine mount that's dodgy:cry:
 

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I -almost- hit my 147's cutoff at 7600rpm once a week as an average. My Sud's 8V Boxer will not do much over 6000rpm, so i don't push it any further than that.

No problems so far. Alfa Romeos won't break if you use the entire rev range; in fact some people say that they break if you don't. ;)
 

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alfasud, you have the limiter raised on the 147? stock cutoff is just before 7k.

i rev my alfa like she was designed to be... all the way to the limit!

the 2.0TS engine doesnt come to life till after 5000 rpm and believe me you wont do any harm taking her to 7000 every so often... according to the diagnostics on my computer i hit the redline (in my case 7500rpm) over 100 times in the first 8 months of ownership!

next time your out and about and get the chance, stick your foot to the floor in 2nd or 3rd and listen to the engine note change as you pass the magical 5000rpm.. then ride her all the way to the limit and try to wipe the smile off your face!
 

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hahahahah you guys are getting me all pumped now :D

I'm going to give her a good run this weekend ;)

2nd & 3rd you really do feel the power, it's awesome :)

How bad is it for the car when the anti skid thing kicks in, what is the ACU or something? I turn it off sometimes, car feels more responsive.
 

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on my old spider 77 I always reved to 4500rpm changing gears, she liked it but I was always a bit worried about the age of the engine(only had had the head done on it). Having 7 litres of oil in her helped keep it cool though, never overheated.
 

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Depends what you're doing. Unlike anyother car I've driven Alfa's are happy to be red lined - so occassionally I do take it up to 7000 rpm;) ;) ;)
 
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just 3000rpm, i'm to chicken to do more co'z maintenance here is so expensive. but guys what is the maximum recomended rev for may alfa 156? somebody know?:wow:
 

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If they are warmed up, with clean oil, cambelts etc. within their change period, by all means get them up to the red line now and then.

Its gentler not to hit the limiter though as that shocks the engine.

Do this on the Jtd's too, it keeps the VNT turbo moving freely and cleans out particle filters (where fitted)

The 156 TS redlines about 6800 pm.

If youre only using 3000 on a TS or a 2.5 - you must really be slow!
 

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I tend not to go above 4500 rpm very often at all. Tarquini is a bit of an old fella now, so booting him to the red-line would be like making your grandpa play football against Manchester United.

There's also not much point. The beast can accelerate quickly enough using 2/3 of the maximum revs, and can easily go over the speed limit.

I think using more revs might sound nice and it does unlock the extra bhp that's to be had up there but unless I "need to win" ;) , the mechanical stress on the motor and parts, fuel consumption and environment make revving the **** out of it just for the sake of it, a Chav' sport, I reckon.

Ralf S.
 

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I like to rev mine right up to the red line in second and third gears every now and then. :D
 

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the way i see it, i drive alfas as they are fun, and every alfa i have had has been 10+ years old, and spent alot more time scrabbling for the redline than being treated "nicely" and they have all loved it! If i wanted a car that i would conserve and coset, it wouldnt be an alfa, as i wouldn't feel i was doing it justice.
 

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I used to rev the first car I had (a Mk III 1.3 Escort) hard - and unsuprisingly after a couple of years the cambelt snapped :( This taught me an invaluable lesson :)

With the GTV I normally change up around 3,000 to 3,500 revs, althoug I tend to cruise on the motorway at 4,000. If I want to accelerate quickly maybe I'll got up to 5,500. Only a couple of times have I gone above this, to about 6,500.

To be honest though, I'm not sure there's much point in red linning it all the time, as the best point to change up gear is somewhere between peak torque and peak power. I also tend to hang on to my cars for a long time (like indefinitely) and as Ralf says revving it just for the sake of it is a bit pointless :)
 

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I never usually take it above 4000rpm. I'm far too cautious.
 

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just 3000rpm, i'm to chicken to do more co'z maintenance here is so expensive. but guys what is the maximum recomended rev for may alfa 156? somebody know?:wow:
Give it some stick man!!:)

Mine is constantly above 4500 unless I'm on the motorway. It just feels a bit sleepy and dozy below that.
 

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I spend most of the time between 2-4,5k and I usually go up to 5,5-6k when overtaking in 2nd or 3rd. Sometimes on an empty curvy country road I rev her up to 6,5k or slightly more, but I try to avoid hitting the limiter as it is rather aggressive for the engine.

If the car is properly warmed up, topped up with good and regularly changed oil and in general good cared of, revving the engine cant do any harm. If you want to stay below 3k, drive a diesel.
 
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