There was a 147 Challenge at Taupo racetrack the last time I was there (with the 156v6 and yes we did a few follow the pace car laps), and it blew every other Alfa Romeo race car away by a huge margin. It was more than just power, which it obviously had plenty of, it was just a very effective car.
It was so much quicker than anything Alfa else that it would be boring to own/drive
Drove back this morning in a storm front. Pushed a little in the wet and felt secure as a mountain goat. 420K return trip. Car didn't miss a beat however I just realized its over due for service on time and mileage. Already owned the GTA for over a year now. Where does the time go.
I guess ill try and get it on the hoist over the weekend. Also going to change the gearbox oil. Going fishing again next week so I better get onto it.
Oh yeah I think I have asked before.
Everywhere is recommending a full synth 10 60 (even for the 2.5). It has 10 40 in it and doesn't use a drop of oil. I'm thinking the 10 60 would be good if I drove the car hard however most of the time I'm putting around in traffic so I might stick with the 10 40.
Pete a couple of things just from the top of my head.
No bleed screw that I know. Running with the cap off for a while should clear out any air but they don't get air locks like some other engines.
You could pull the small hose that feeds back into the coolant tank, give the engine a bit of a rev and make sure the water is circulating. If its not circulating you may have a failed plastic water pump impeller. I can't remember 100% but I think when this happens the fans wont come on because the switch never gets to temperature.
You may have upset the fan resistor that's mounted on the radiator between the fans.
The temp switch is on the thermostat housing (I think) but its the ECU that controls the fans.
Diagnostic tool has a function to test the fan speed both high and low.
I'm thinking that taking the drive belt off and on has upset that impeller. See how you go with the water flow test.
Solved, fans now working. There is a dodgy blue wiring connector near the thermostat housing that needs replacing that was not making contact. I guess with all the movement to remove and refit the alternator, and the repetitive undoing of the inlet hose to change batteries, this was knocked.
I'm about to go out to the workshop and service my ****box. I'm sitting on over 200 bucks worth of oil and I'm heading to the beach again on the weekend. I prey to Buda Allah Jesus and the Easter bunny I don't find a torn CV boot.