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Re: New Alpine A110 owners experiences and photos.

Postby nate » Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:17 am

Window cracked here in Australia!!!
Some spirited driving - nothing crazy.

No pothole or anything like that, but some firm cornering - i'd put money on some body flex

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Re: New Alpine A110 owners experiences and photos.

Postby simontaylor » Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:20 am

Saw an Alpine trained tech at the weekend.
I hear that the "fix" is to add more "pads" to the surround before the bonding glue is applied.
Not thinker pads, not 2 at a time, just more of them, up and down the A pillar.
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Re: New Alpine A110 owners experiences and photos.

Postby stephendell » Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:07 pm

nate wrote:Window cracked here in Australia!!!
Some spirited driving - nothing crazy.

No pothole or anything like that, but some firm cornering - i'd put money on some body flex

Photo attached - little orange line added in to show its path.


Which window is that cracked on yours? Is it a side glass?
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Re: New Alpine A110 owners experiences and photos.

Postby cloudburst » Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:26 pm

Body flex as opposed to a seam fabrication error would seem to have the potential to affect all our cars and is worrying.

I read that the glass in the A110 is thinner and lighter than that mostly used and if that’s the case, it would seem to be a contributing factor.

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Re: New Alpine A110 owners experiences and photos.

Postby Griff500 » Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:24 pm

nate wrote:Window cracked here in Australia!!!
Some spirited driving - nothing crazy.

No pothole or anything like that, but some firm cornering - i'd put money on some body flex

Photo attached - little orange line added in to show its path.

When was your car built? The French owners, who have greater numbers of cars, seem to be confident that the problem has been resolved, and therefore recent cars should be unaffected.
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Re: New Alpine A110 owners experiences and photos.

Postby Griff500 » Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:29 pm

cloudburst wrote:
I read that the glass in the A110 is thinner and lighter than that mostly used and if that’s the case, it would seem to be a contributing factor.

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Not necessarily. Delamination, though not cracking, was a problem on many TVRs up to the early 90's. The problem was that the windscreen was the stiffest part of the body, and it therefore took the stress. Making the window thicker, and therefore stiffer, might make the problem worse.

Nevertheless, I see the French guys on the FAR site are also discussing the possibility of body flex, which as you say, is worrying for all sorts of reasons.
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Re: New Alpine A110 owners experiences and photos.

Postby nate » Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:59 am

Front Windscreen, lower drivers side (RHD)
Build date: July 2018

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Re: New Alpine A110 owners experiences and photos.

Postby reprs » Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:02 am

simontaylor wrote:Saw an Alpine trained tech at the weekend.
I hear that the "fix" is to add more "pads" to the surround before the bonding glue is applied.
Not thinker pads, not 2 at a time, just more of them, up and down the A pillar.


Car is back with second replacement windscreen fitted, we'll see how that goes. I was told that they have used a different compound glue now so that it can flex a little more but also told that the windscreen is thinner than standard glass.

One other point from the technician when I mentioned the correspondence on this forum is that they don't really read forum stuff. Shame.
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Re: New Alpine A110 owners experiences and photos.

Postby cloudburst » Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:51 pm

So you stop in the dark and just want to sit there and take in the night time view without light pollution.

How the heck do you turn off the info screen and more importantly the instrument panel to stop them blindind you - without having to waitabout 10 mins???

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Re: New Alpine A110 owners experiences and photos.

Postby clee » Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:39 pm

Turn off and take the key out?

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Re: New Alpine A110 owners experiences and photos.

Postby cloudburst » Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:20 pm

Key? What key?

Ooay - my question was to A110 owners.

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Re: New Alpine A110 owners experiences and photos.

Postby clee » Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:47 pm

I was harking to a simpler time but never mind....

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Re: New Alpine A110 owners experiences and photos.

Postby LMS » Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:56 am

cloudburst wrote:So you stop in the dark and just want to sit there and take in the night time view without light pollution.

How the heck do you turn off the info screen and more importantly the instrument panel to stop them blindind you - without having to waitabout 10 mins???

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I think the only way is to push the stop/start and open the drivers door

I've had the opposite problem- when I take it to the station my wife normally stays in the car until the last minute listening to R4. As soon as I get out it goes off...
I think the workaround has been to turn it off when I'm out of the car.

I agree a key would have been just fine. I tend to use the fob rather than keyless entry as it seems if the car is locked by fob then only the fob can open it. I think that reduces the chance of signal repeaters being used to gain entry. It's not a problem, just not an option I would have bothered with. It's quite possible a key switch would have weighed more.

I do miss the "night panel" switch my Saab has which turns off all displays and interior lights save for the speedo - rev counter only wakes up if acceleraing hard. Perhaps the spare switch in the cabin could be programmed to do this?
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Re: New Alpine A110 owners experiences and photos.

Postby cloudburst » Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:31 am

clee wrote:I was harking to a simpler time but never mind....

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Ha ha -indeed. I get yiu now.

Wonder if the dash turn off period is configurable in the software though. That would do.

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Re: New Alpine A110 owners experiences and photos.

Postby grassyknoll » Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:22 pm

Not sure if this is the right place, but just came across this online.
I have watched his stuff before about lotus (I have an esprit gt3).. if you want to see the good bit.. scroll to 15 mins in :)

https://youtu.be/jyFAQrwPNMA

And this link to an alpine legende in the snowy swiss Alps;

https://youtu.be/U8LJ2yO48II
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