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post #16 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-03-2016, 08:15 PM
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Isn't that why we keep the hood closed?

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Covering that abomination was a great idea!
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It is quite unbelievable as to all the negative comments about the Alfa 4C engine without the engine cover. There have only been about 10 - 13 comments about my original post and I must say, I have not been particularly impressed with the candor or specifics as to why the engine is so unattractive. It is, you know, only an engine. Someone said that the engine cover was for noise dampening. Pure rubbish, if you think an 1/8th inch of plastic will dampen noise. So, my final comment about this thread as well as the forum is not very flattering. Pathetic is a very good word to describe my experience with the forum.
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It is quite unbelievable as to all the negative comments about the Alfa 4C engine without the engine cover. There have only been about 10 - 13 comments about my original post and I must say, I have not been particularly impressed with the candor or specifics as to why the engine is so unattractive. It is, you know, only an engine. Someone said that the engine cover was for noise dampening. Pure rubbish, if you think an 1/8th inch of plastic will dampen noise. So, my final comment about this thread as well as the forum is not very flattering. Pathetic is a very good word to describe my experience with the forum.
My understanding is the plastic covers are for noise pollution reasons* and also to protect somebody from the coils. We must remember they are there for a reason, no manufacturer puts parts in a car unless they need to be there.

And sorry Mark, we deviated from your car to how ugly engines are now in general. If you go to any Alfa club meet, you will find most bonnets up as we don't think of our cars heart as "only an engine".

The most important thing is you like your car minus the engine cover. Enjoy
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I have a VW Jetta 1.8T. The factory service manual produced by Bentley (for Volkswagen) specifically calls this component the upper sound absorber panel. To an extent, these are eye candy, but their primary function is for sound dampening.

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4C coupe engine without engine conver

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It is quite unbelievable as to all the negative comments about the Alfa 4C engine without the engine cover. There have only been about 10 - 13 comments about my original post and I must say, I have not been particularly impressed with the candor or specifics as to why the engine is so unattractive. It is, you know, only an engine. Someone said that the engine cover was for noise dampening. Pure rubbish, if you think an 1/8th inch of plastic will dampen noise. So, my final comment about this thread as well as the forum is not very flattering. Pathetic is a very good word to describe my experience with the forum.


Mark,

I prefer my 4c with the engine cover on. It would be nice if there was a partial cover, except the engine is exposed to water from engine air vents. The cover does serve many purposes.

Now my previous 92 Spider engine, designed so the hood is the cover.


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Don't take it personal Mark, people are just being honest as to their opinion and not knocking your 4C. I for one think they are absolutely gorgeous cars and came very close to buying one for myself but opted for an old 308 instead. Due to the technical aspects of getting 240 hp out of a 1750 cc engine and stuffing it amidships it is not easy to make it look pretty. Plus many of us old fuddy-duddies are just used to the old school stuff and how it looked which was clean and simple. But it didn't have the power you've got, nor the incredible lightness, nor the handling. So cheer up, most of us are actually envious


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I suspect that a lot of all that plumbing is for the required and complicated pollution control systems which the earlier cars did not have. None of that is worth looking at. It's a shame that the basic engine is hidden beneath that stuff. An artfully styled engine was something Alfa was noted for in years past. Now they look more like the more common makes.

Even when I lift the hood of my older 164LS, people still go "oooh", the engine bay being clean and Armoralled, the polished stainless runners gleaming, and a light and subtle embellishment of paint on the engine cam covers. Maybe not the best of the Alfa engines for appearances but still nice.

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