If you like Alfa's alot then search some websites and find the TDI diesel version of their sports coupe.
I came across a data sheet of one awhile back and have not yet got back to retrace my steps and find it again.
Not quite as amazing a style as what you published but still quite an accomplishment in design for a diesel. And performance as well.
I drive VW's for the last 30 years as our daily cars but I still have my 1964 Alfa Guiletta sports coupe, I got used while in college, stowed away for those rare days when the streets are empty and the urge to drive is strong.
I've always like the look Alfas. I use to really like the GTVs too. I've seen the Brea, I think that's the 2-door you mentioned. Diesel Car mag has a write up about it this month. I can scan it and email it to you if you want to see it. It's not much of an article.
DC seems to review Alfas worse then VWs. They love the performance and styling but in their long term tests they say the interior seems to fall apart over time.
Maybe owning a VW is a warm up car for Italain cars because I've had to replace a few interior peices in my car.
Back in the early 70's a college upperdivision class in my major was focused on current technology trends and scheduled a field trip to LA to visit large industry. A brewery, GM motors testing plant and Alfa USA.
The visit to GM found us facing a huge multi million dollar facility that was squeeking hard to get the new Caddies to pass smog requirements - with lots of fudge work their masses of summer intern help were rubberstamping the validation work to get the cars to pass Calif smog laws.
Then on to Alfa. Found a huge green enamel floored work bay with a large Alfa emblem in the center. Row after row of beautiful Alfas down each side at tune up stations manned with new SnapOn tool carts and well dressed mechanics. The exquisitly dressed Alfa rep in his Armani suit complete with intense accented english showed us around.
His pride was the rack-controlled injector package that Alfa had just redesigned and upgraded. Weighed less than 2 pounds and mounted aside the front end of the block. With it Alfa had compressed all fuel condition requirements into an ergonomic and durable unit. Heat, altitude -everyting was pre-engineered as variables into the flutted injector sets so that the car surpassed the previous year's power output and still ran so efficiently that it easily passed CA emissions requirements.
I looked about after the injector demo and asked the only white guy who was working on an Alfa what his qualifications were. [ The rest were Japanese or Italian ]
He said he had been working on cars since he was a kid and loved Alfas. Turns out his dad raced cars and so did he.
As an aside he suggested he got the job because he was third in his Mechanical Engineering class at MIT.
You got to love Alfa. At least at that time.
VW in Stuttgart was also an amazing place in the 70's. Got to tour it one summer while in school. Some serious automation for the time in their assembly plant.
Drove on the VW proving grounds track in a prototype that never made it to market. VW's version of a Porsche 911. Lots of stories there - we were all given a VW Bus to drive about for the weekend on our own for free just to try out and some pocket money and a map to visit some VW dealerships. VW was bent on making sure future US leaders of industry would favor VW. They even arranged short-term international drivers licenses for us and covered insurance and fuel with a VW gasoline card we each got.
But all things change. I would not touch a modern day Alfa for the complexity and gimmickery about them. Almost as bad as the new VW's with all their power gysmos.
I actually believe that I will stick with my 97 Passat now that I am getting use to the quirks and systems.
I drove a new GTI Golf TDI last week and found it way too overpriced for my interests. It also seemed under-engineered for durability and the new plastic smell gagged my wife who is sensitive to lots of stuff.
There is a local car club started by some junior college students in the town my sister lives in and they are grabbing up older early 70's Volvos and Mercedes that have the high-impact bumpers and good safety rating. Their thinking is to restore them, sell them as viable alternatives to modern cars due to their still-superior crash rating and mechanical durability and start a movement to force Detroit and Japan to take notice and improve car intrinsic safety and reduce usage costs.
Nice to see grass roots movements still exists.
Other than my sister's brief telling of their existence I have no other info on them. If I find out I will post it here.
My use of the term GTI was somewhat a bit of literary license. The "GTI" TDI was a personally converted Golf with all the nifty suspension and racing seats, ect... Fellow had put a new 2004 TDI engine in it and tricked out the whole thing.
It was on a sell-it-yourself lot with a write up of all the mods. I was on work assignment in Seattle 3 weeks ago and took the ferry ride through the islands and spent a couple days in Vancouver with my wife.
We walked about and chanced on the car lot.
I left a postem note suggesting he advertise the car on TDI Club.
The lot owners let me start it up and drive it around the lot a little bit. I did not like the sunroof, power seats, large 16" rims and narrow tires, racing clutch & the red color. The short shift was real nice though.
Hey, guys, fell off the forums for a bit but I'm back.
I got a ticket the other day. Turned on the Evry when the Honda beside me started creeping at a red light. When the light changed he was already rolling so I popped the clutch and floored it. The car behind me disappeared in a cloud of soot as my front tires claw for traction. Next thing I see are red and blue lights behind me. He had me for exhibition of speed, street racing, etc, but writes me up for excessive smoke. It was a motorcycle CHP officer. Must have been a jurisdiction thing because we were on the streets. The officer says that it's going to be a fix-it ticket. I try to explain that it's a diesel and that diesels smoke but the CHP officer tells me that he had never seen a car smoke so badly before. We'll see when the notice arrives some time this week.
Up Stage II so I already have the short injection duration. Then I just need to put in the .205 injectors that I still have. My IQ is already set so that PP764s don't smoke all that much so changing to the .205s I bought from you should make it completely smoke free.
I got a similar ticket in my Ford Escort Diesel and there was noithing that they could do! I went to the CHP office, spoke ot the officer, told him it was a diesel and he signed off the ticket after asking me to start the car.
I'm posting this here instead of the T-B thread because I think everyone should know how these parts are holding up. Just had my T-belt changed. My first change was done at 70K in which we changed tensioner, w-pump, belt and all bolts. Nothing to comment on the first one, all was as it should be.
This time at 145K, I sprung for DG deluxe kit. We found that my 100K tensioner, Didn't make it to 75K. The bearing inside was stiff and showed some heat damage.
With 145K, the rollers had loud bearings and were very loose.
The belt looked fine even though I had the familiar squish squish sound. DBW commented that the belt felt a little stiff, like a belt on automatic cars would feel like. Could that be because the 11mm?? Naaa
The laso pump showed signs of some coolant dripping out the weep hole. Not bad and probably could have made 100K but must be changed at 100K. Still no play in the bearing.
Now that I have all new rollers, from what I have seen, I have no doubt about pushing to 100K next time. But my only concern is the tensioner. In my opinion, every oil change requires an inspection of the tensioner and possible adjustment as reqired. Once I pass 60K, I will really start looking at the belt and tension of the belt.
As usually with every DBW T-belt, motor sounds better runs smoother then factory.
I'm use to it now. That's why I didn't comment on it. When first put in, it was wow but after making some IQ and timing adjustments it went to nice and very smooth. Besides, I'm getting sick of seeing all the happy RC owners comments.
I'm wondering if Jeff as done some rework on the chip. The first time I had RC3 without the pump it was touchy has hell on the throttle so I went with 2. After putting on the pump, RC2 seemed to be real touchy, so I figured if it's going to be touchy I may as well go for the big bang. I was surprised how smooth it ended up being.
Now I'm chomping at the bit for a Dyno Day.
As for the 16 wheels, I don't like the way the braking feels, it's harder on the brakes then I expected. The Montreals look a lot better then the Avus 2s. I'll live with them.
My wife and I bought a TDI from a friend in Berkeley. Its a 1997 VW Passat w/121 K. Can anyone suggest a good service location around the Monterey/Santa Cruz/even San Jose area. We've gone to a few already, but I haven't been too impressed. I may go DIY on it, but not sure I am quite ready for it yet, but I don't like the advice I've been getting from some of the dealers particularly. Thanks
Thanks for the welcome. The car needs a bunch of stuff, even though its just gotten its major service, TB, and water pump replaced. For instance, its has a few check engine codes (and has since ling before we bought it). It also has oil in the intercooler (which has many postings on this site). I've also gotten advice I don't trust from a few shops, as well as shops that tell me to go elsewhere for anything specific to the TDI. I am looking for someone reputable and I may have gotten a tip from the Central CA topic for a shop in San Jose. I may also go DIY. At least then I make the errors and don't feel like I am at the whim of someone who is supposed to know more than I do about my car.... This site has been real helpful in terms of a knowledge base.
Welcome. You've mentioned the San Jose Bugformance in a different thread, and that is the only place you should take your car if you want it repaired correctly. As you've found, most other shops don't want to deal with a TDI, least an older B4 one. Give them a call...
This just in....
I became a proud papa the other day
, my new son was born on 4/19 at 7:05pm and was 20" long weighing in at 8lbs 5oz., his name is Logan and mother and baby are doing fine, it's me I'm not too sure about, talk about sleep deprivation......