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#1685593 - 11/26/09 02:00 PM What does BITOG think of the italian tuneup??
MrWideTires Offline


Registered: 05/18/09
Posts: 612
Loc: Sarasota, FL
I am a great believer of the italian tuneup drive

My SpecV is as clean as it can possibly get, this is my car dedicated to drag racing, autocross, rallycross.. just fun stuff, so it LIVES at high RPM.

My Suzuki XL-7 and Subaru Legacy are clean too! I redline them at least a couple times everytime I drive them and they just love it, my XL-7 is so much more rev-happy than a friend's XL-7.

My Beetle 2.0 ....well.. I'm trying to clean this thing shrug, my sister has been driving it for years and everytime I change the oil (early) it comes out as black as it gets, and there is some visible heavy varnish. So lately I've been taking it and driving it like I stole it... (this thing is SOOO slow.. even with the 5spd)

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WHat does BITOG think of the Italian tune-up??
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#1685599 - 11/26/09 02:12 PM Re: What does BITOG think of the italian tuneup?? [Re: MrWideTires]
marco246 Offline


Registered: 05/07/05
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I'm a believer. But then I've got an old Ferrari and an older Alfa Romeo. They get redlined every time I drive 'em.
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#1685607 - 11/26/09 02:20 PM Re: What does BITOG think of the italian tuneup?? [Re: MrWideTires]
ryan2022 Offline


Registered: 06/05/06
Posts: 1361
Loc: Calgary
Yeah, I think its good practice within reason. Lugging an engine around isnt too great.

I think it helps with condensation, helps keep things seated, and helps deposits..........plus its fun!!

I've got to convince myself to set aside 10$ in gas money to punch it in the Jeep once and a while. LOL
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#1685625 - 11/26/09 02:41 PM Re: What does BITOG think of the italian tuneup?? [Re: ryan2022]
oliveoil Offline


Registered: 12/12/06
Posts: 325
Loc: snow and sun
As long as it's warmed up...exercizing an engine helps to keep it healthy just like a human body. Within reason of course. An engine that lives at red-line will not last as long as one that simply lopes along at 2000 rpms on the highway.

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#1687931 - 11/28/09 08:37 PM Re: What does BITOG think of the italian tuneup?? [Re: oliveoil]
vdowns1279 Offline


Registered: 11/01/09
Posts: 2
Loc: Maryland, USA
Originally Posted By: oliveoil
As long as it's warmed up...


if we're talking about just water temps, almost.

My friend's Audi S4's oil temp doesn't get up to normal temps as soon as the coolant does. So we only get on it once the oil is also up to operating temp.

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#1687955 - 11/28/09 08:58 PM Re: What does BITOG think of the italian tuneup?? [Re: vdowns1279]
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Registered: 10/09/04
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Loc: Durango, Co
I do it everytime i run a mountain pass in my Jeep. 6 speed tranny and often floored in 3rd and 4th to keep it up to posted speed limit ging up the passes against the wind. Sometimes this is max output for 10 minutes at a stretch before it levels out and goes down hill. That gets it everything warm!


Edited by Bryanccfshr (11/28/09 08:59 PM)
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#1687974 - 11/28/09 09:08 PM Re: What does BITOG think of the italian tuneup?? [Re: Bryanccfshr]
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I give my car one every once in a while. Still runs perfect and doesn't burn any oil. smile2
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#1687977 - 11/28/09 09:10 PM Re: What does BITOG think of the italian tuneup?? [Re: Bryanccfshr]
LS2JSTS Offline


Registered: 09/05/09
Posts: 3844
Loc: Motor City..What's Left
Italian tune ups and Drive it like you stole it break ins.....I endorse them both. Plus they put a smile on your face.

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#1688465 - 11/29/09 10:39 AM Re: What does BITOG think of the italian tuneup?? [Re: MrWideTires]
ChiTDI Offline


Registered: 12/19/03
Posts: 2071
Loc: Chicago IL
Sure on the tune up. The Beetle feeling "slow" and having black oil doesn't sound right.

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#1688479 - 11/29/09 10:51 AM Re: What does BITOG think of the italian tuneup?? [Re: ChiTDI]
SteveSRT8 Offline


Registered: 10/10/08
Posts: 17580
Loc: Sunny Florida
Another myth from the past. No carbs or weak ignitions here.

Take an older car...yep, the ITU really works. Also good on many aftermarket modified engines due to rich tuning.

But on a stocker Nissan? No benefit. But it is you car...
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#1688482 - 11/29/09 10:54 AM Re: What does BITOG think of the italian tuneup?? [Re: MrWideTires]
rcy Offline


Registered: 02/14/04
Posts: 1592
Loc: Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Originally Posted By: MrWideTires


My Beetle 2.0 ....well.. I'm trying to clean this thing shrug, my sister has been driving it for years and everytime I change the oil (early) it comes out as black as it gets, and there is some visible heavy varnish. So lately I've been taking it and driving it like I stole it... (this thing is SOOO slow.. even with the 5spd)
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It's called the 2.SLOW for a reason. I know, my wife had a 2000 Beetle. So the slow is not surprising - the black oil...who knows. Remember that oil colour is not a good indicator of anything except what colour the oil is.

I know the recommended oil for my wife's 2000 was Xw40. Why don't you run a good heavy duty diesel 40 weight through for the extra cleaning (or Auto-RX it).



Edited by rcy (11/29/09 10:55 AM)

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#1688781 - 11/29/09 05:35 PM Re: What does BITOG think of the italian tuneup?? [Re: rcy]
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Registered: 02/06/07
Posts: 5746
Loc: near the mistake
Italian tune up..... approved


Italian break in.... no-no
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#1688880 - 11/29/09 07:32 PM Re: What does BITOG think of the italian tuneup?? [Re: PT1]
Mr Nice Offline


Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 16919
Loc: Orlando, FL
Does 90 MPH on the highway for 30 minutes count as an Italian tune up ?



Edited by LT4 Vette (11/29/09 07:32 PM)
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#1689043 - 11/29/09 09:34 PM Re: What does BITOG think of the italian tuneup?? [Re: Mr Nice]
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Registered: 11/03/02
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Loc: PA
It gets intake velocities up to clean out deposits, combustion pressures up to blow out the rings and operating temps up to dissolve deposits. That's why it works.
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#1689052 - 11/29/09 09:39 PM Re: What does BITOG think of the italian tuneup?? [Re: Audi Junkie]
Stanley Rockafeller Offline


Registered: 03/29/05
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Originally Posted By: Audi Junkie
It gets intake velocities up to clean out deposits, combustion pressures up to blow out the rings and operating temps up to dissolve deposits. That's why it works.


Ed Zachary!

I'm a true believer, esp since it was beneficial on older FI cars and not just carb cars.
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