90 KPH feels about right. I'm listening to the vehicle and it seems strained to go faster. Plus I needed it (I'm back in Berkeley) to make it, so wanted to be conservative. It certainly has more in it, but it's geared like 5.50 in the diff, plus fourth is an underdrive, plus it's a diesel. If just felt like the right speed. Now that I'm home, I'm more willing to cane it, after changing oil and filters, etc.
Got back to Berkeley this AM about 11, left Lovelock at 4. Seven hours for 301 miles, minimal stops, but worst roads of the trip through Sacramento and Yolo counties on I-80. Ouch. Total mileage about 2225 overall, haven't figured gas mileage yet. We added a pint of oil at Vince's before we left, another pint in Lincoln NE, and that's it. So a pint of oil used in 2200 miles. I'd call that good. It burned that, didn't leak it. There was like one small nickel-sized puddle per day after driving. I think the engine is very solid.
Again, cresting Donner, had only one or two places with grades of 5-6% where I could not accelerate in fourth, and never dropped below 85 KPH. Donner is 7200 ft, as you'll see in the pic below.
Stopped at three different gas stations today that discriminate under the ADA (Americans With Diesels Act) by selling only gasoline and I had to look elsewhere. Two in Sparks, one in Davis. Harumph.
This thing manages to feel like an Alfa. The steering box looks related to Giulietta and early Giulia boxes, and I bet money the tie rod ends are the same. The brake master cylinder is Giulia TI, the calipers are Mercedes, the clutch hydraulics are 1750 Berlina. It even has a padded three-spoke sporty wheel. The suspension is firm but supple, and the shocks are good. It drives about as sportily as possible for something like this.
In the dash pic, note the sporty wheel, height adjustment for the wheel, Jaeger instrument binnacle which looks designed by the same person who did the 2000 GTV, and two things I bet your Alfa doesn't have, a Glow Plug pushbutton, and a Fuel Cutoff pull knob/cable. Turning off the ignition doesn't do squat; if you don't cut off the fuel it'll run til it's dry. The fuel delivery pump, amazingly, is mechanical, so cutting of the electricity does not stop the engine.
Home with its German cousin. 90% of people on the road that it was a VW, but a few knowledgeable knew what it wasn't, but now what it was.
Last edited by Andrew; 08-06-2013 at 03:26 PM.