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Hello from Sydney

Hi All,

Picked up my first Alfa yesterday (85 GTV6), and drove it home from the Gold Coast to Sydney. 850km, so a little over 500 miles. The Gold Coast, as the name suggests, is very sunny. Sunny is great, except that the AC in the car is shot, and the engine started running a little hot.

10 hours driving and sweating means I got to know the car quite well, with a particular focus on the temperature gauge. Better cooling for the engine, and the driver are top of my list.

This site is great, with a lot of info I will be leaning on for any work/upgrades.

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Craig
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Welcome Craig..

Nice drive to do on a Doubble Demerit weekend.

Any long drive in an Alfa is is rewarding.

Maybe one Sunday Morning soon,,you can join us on one of our 200 km drives Via Wisemans Ferry for breakfast,,and be home by lunchtime.Usually once a month.

Also,,welcome yourself to the Alfetta section of the BB,,and add some pics,,and get some great advice from other owners from around the world.

Enjoy that V6 engine.

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Hi Robert,

A run sounds good. Let me know where and when.

As a newbie, very happy to hear recommendations on mechanics & other services I need to know in Sydney.

Thank you,

GTV Craig - 1958 Holden FC Special (sold), 1971 Volvo P1800E (sold), 1986 Alfa Romeo GTV6 (current)
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Welcome!
Well it just so happens is one of those Alfa experts you need. Google Manning Motors and give him a call!

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Good on you Derek.

Thought i would make Craig welcome with a quick drive around the block= 200 kms
And of course,,we all behave ourselves.
I usually drive between 40 at 60 ,,,,,,,, on the rev counter.

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Welcome Craig. Nice choice of car. We would love to see some pics when you have a chance to get them up here. As far as the temperature of the engine is concerned, please be aware that around 90 degrees C is the normal operating temperature for the V6. If it is significantly more than that then the condition of the radiator, thermostat and fan switch needs to be investigated. If all of those are operating correctly a Busso V6 powered Alfa will handle the worst of our conditions perfectly. They do not need modification of any sort.

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2004 GT 3.2 V6 (Stromboli Grey).
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2000 156 2 litre Twin Spark, ( Cosmos Blu metallic), my daughter's car.
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1999 GTV 3 litre 24 valve V6, metallic black, (sonís new car).

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1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (black), now sold & living in Newcastle NSW.
1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (grey, sadly deceased due to fire).
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Thanks for the welcome everyone.

I'll get some pics up when I'm at the laptop. Can't work out how to do it on the iPad.

Good to know on the running temp. I was running at about 80 deg, and was getting concerned when it moved up to close to 90 deg on the freeway. This happened when I was running at slightly higher speeds for more than 20 minutes or so.. When I dropped back a bit the temp settled at 80, so it sounds like the cooling is working ok. The roadworks every half an hour that forced me back to 80kmh helped me out I guess.

I'll look up Manning Motors also.

Thanks again

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I was running at about 80 deg, and was getting concerned when it moved up to close to 90 deg on the freeway. This happened when I was running at slightly higher speeds for more than 20 minutes or so.. When I dropped back a bit the temp settled at 80, so it sounds like the cooling is working ok. Thanks again
That's perfect, so don't worry about it. Some people make the mistake of thinking they are like old Holdens and mess them up by adding adjustable fans and deleting thermostats. That operating temp is common for European cars.

Current Alfas
2010 159 ti 1750 TBI sedan (red).
2004 GT 3.2 V6 (Stromboli Grey).
2008 159 TI Sportwagon 2.4 JTDM (Stromboli Grey).
1987 75 3 litre (red). My first 75 and now my son's.
2000 156 2 litre Twin Spark, ( Cosmos Blu metallic), my daughter's car.
2000 156 Monza Twin Spark, (Cosmos Blue metallic), sonís girlfiendís car.
1999 GTV 3 litre 24 valve V6, metallic black, (sonís new car).

Non Alfa
1988 Range Rover Classic Highline 3.9 V8

Past Alfas
1989 75 3 litre, written off by runaway van.
1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (black), now sold & living in Newcastle NSW.
1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (grey, sadly deceased due to fire).
1982 GTV 2 litre, red, (daughter's first Alfa)
2 x 1992 164s, (1 red, 1 grey).
2 x 1988 33s, (both red).
1985 GTV 2 litre, (white).
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hi Craig,

welcome to Alfa's

there are a few specialists in Sydney.

depends on which area you are in.

Cheers Ian

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