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  1. See we differ in opinion on Alfas the 155 was one of the worst cars I have ever driven , all the bad traits and none of the good, that aside hope you enjoy it and restore it and enjoy it the wide body is a nice car to look at.
  2. Have you been partaking of the other Johns' herbs?? - that's pretty weird expunsion coming from the arch defender of the "dealer cult"
  3. yes but it does not guarantee they are OEM for your car , just some car.
  4. Sounds like we are heading back to the manual vs auto debate but let's peel it back a bit. The DCT is only a modern version of the 1950's Preselect gearbox found in buses, trucks and Lanchester cars it is complicated and is actually more suited to an east west alignment because it is a fat gearbox. The 8/9 and probably 10HP are linear gearboxes more suited to RWD and Rear biased 4WD systems so that's your Aston Martin, BMW, Merc etc. So: Is the pre engagement of any value in a true manual - NO so no "loss" Does an 8/9/10 speed auto offer any real benefit over a Manual - yes convenience but then so did the earlier 2,3,4,5,6 & 7 speed autos What are the real benefits - convenience - some gains on the race track, some gains in fuel efficiency. What are the fake benefits - faster changes - very important at 15kmh in a traffic jamb (not)? more gears ( less reliability and more weight) What are the drawbacks of the 8/9/10 speed gearboxes - weight, size , complexity& cost. We will all make our own "value decisions" but few will do it with any true needs/ requirements based critical analysis. Gears are the new cup holders for the marketing people - I need an 8x3 in my truck because I need to optimise torque delivery with only 20kW/ 50Nm per tonne but in an Aston Martin with 200kW & 300Nm per tonne it is not about power / torque delivery.
  5. Nope- correct BMW method is as described - its more accurate. Note that Bilsteins do not work as well on the road with High rate springs (H&R) - they work better with a lower rate spring like an Eibach - Reason - they run low rebound control compared to the likes of Koni so the can't control the spring expansion. You can expect up to 5mm of lift with gas shocks over straight oil filled
  6. Yeah, considered them for the Saab - they didn't make it to the short list.
  7. You can help yourself by being in a position of being reasonably informed so that you can "scrutinise/ validate" the suggestions and analysis of others sop lets start: 1) there are very few suspension / chassis experts in NZ 2) the original shocks will have been oil only - not gas pressurised, 3) Subframe / failing bushes movement can account for small variations 4) the rear springs are geared about 1.7 to 1 so 15mm at the wheel is about 8.9mm at the spring ( a lot) 5) ride height is measured from the bottom of the rim to the top of the wheel arch opening. Suggest you: Park the vehicle on a level surface with a full tank and then - disconnect rear shocks at the bottom (quite easy) and also the sway bar, then measure all ride heights correctly ( state wheel size) Test rear of car for free movement with shock disconnected Reconnect shocks Check movement again and then ride heights econnect sway bar and check ride heights ( the bar should go on without any effort if the car is level across the axle. Ideally do this when it looks correct Then tell us what the measurements are and we can establish Settling only occurs if something has Not been done correctly or springs that are not fully conditioned are installed. You can get some settling of bushes and pads which is minor
  8. No, Dual clutch gone - it looks like the benefit in shift speed comes from how the gears are grouped for odd/ even shifts. Box has actually been around for more than 5 years and ZF are not the only manufacturer making one.
  9. Huge holes in you analysis etc, hardly surprising that there was no resolution. You need to identify the root cause of the lean- if it is intermittent then it cannot be loss of gas pressure in the shocks like you suggest because once it is gone - it can't "come back" .Equally adding packers wont fix an "intermittent issue" . And yes the car now looks jacked up so it's even more wrong than when you started.
  10. The 7 speed ZF manual is a stripped down DCT box- they chucked away all the automated shifting crap and reduced the weight from about 82 kg down to about 50kg . Importantly the box uses a conventional H pattern but shifts faster than average so it is in how the DCT box is laid out. The 8HP ( 8 speed auto) tips the scales at over 90kg which is not much heavier than the DCT - but now they can shift just as quick and just as sharp so the DCT is probably going to go the way of the BMW SMG & Alfa Selespeed - nice idea (DCT) but it's expensive, unreliable and basically flawed after all it's "English Technology" (oxymoron) that came from buses & trucks of the 50's) . Which then brings us back to three choices High performance manuals, High performance autos and slushmatics. When you compare the manual to the auto the weight is significant: 38kg for the 5speed in the M3 49kg for the 6 speed about 50kg the 7 speed or a whopping 90kg for the 8speed auto. Save 9kg with a carbon roof but strap an extra 40kg on the tranny? The drive on the traction control/ rev limiter/ shift programme culture from DCT and autos produces fast times around race tracks - BUT - the sound is FERKIN ugly and the driving is blunt instrument culture- been there, experienced it - moved on. The 7 speed manual is already in a production car and it contributes to the lithe , dynamic behaviour of a lightweight car - I'm looking forward to a renaissance of the "Drivers / Enthusiasts" car - one that focusses on purism: is fun to drive, dynamic and efficient - on the road. The Alfa Guilia is heading in the right direction but only in Europe.
  11. The 6 speed manual is dead
  12. Dragon is a Chinese made Pirelli aimed at the Asian pacific after market tyre market so read that as budget driven - looks good but by all accounts is an average tyre
  13. Alfa were owned by themselves until the late 60's /early 70's when the Italian government became a major share holder. their shareholding was subsequently sold to Fiat which is still the principal owner of Alfa .It was the Government / and early Fiat era that took Alfa towards mainstream cost based engineering. They seem to have moved on as one would expect in nearly 40 years? The short track suits the Caddy not the other two - which trash it on the ring for example. Caddy is a co- developed platform love the visuals - it is a conventional auto ZF 8HP Is the DCT dead? and a whopping 80kg for the box
  14. The Manual is available for Left hand drive markets - Alfa factory cannot justify the investment in a manual for the minority RHD market - we should have gone the way of the swedes.
  15. Been in one - what an M3 should be!