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Subject: [Leica] Re: Bosch reliability
From: jhnichols at (Jim Nichols)
Date: Sun Feb 22 19:46:23 2009
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I have no complaints about Bosch parts because of too little exposure on my 
part.  However, your post brought to mind the thing that I found most 
unusual about the 2007 Volvo V70 that we bought.  Its battery is below the 
floor of the cargo compartment at the rear of the wagon.  I assumed it was 
brought about by one or more of the following:
    Weight distribution
    No room under the hood (bonnet)
    Getting it away from the high temperature under the hood (bonnet)

Has anyone encountered this type of installation recently?

Jim Nichols
Tullahoma, TN USA
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lawrence Zeitlin" <>
To: <>
Cc: "Lawrence Zeitlin" <>
Sent: Sunday, February 22, 2009 8:50 PM
Subject: [Leica] Re: Bosch reliability

> On Feb 22, 2009, at 5:49 PM, Jerry wrote:
>> I didn't know what a reliable electrical system was until I bought an
>> Alfa Romeo Veloce, with
>> an all Bosch system.  Then Porsches for the next 45 years,  All Bosch,
>> all good.
> Reasonable men may disagree about everything but Leicas. I owned a  1959 
> Alfa Romeo Sprint Veloce coupe with a body by Bertone. To my  mind one of 
> the most beautiful automobiles ever made. The engine was  powerful, fed by 
> twin Weber 40 DCOE carbs, and the brakes were  magnificent pieces of 
> sculptured aluminum. But the Bosch electronics  sucked. The starter was 
> obviously designed for Italian warmth. In  snowy New England it was 
> necessary to park going downhill if you  wanted to start in the morning.. 
> The undersized battery was in the  trunk and transferred its weak current 
> to the engine electrics via a  10 foot long cable. A beautiful car, yes, 
> but definitely for the  tropics.
> The Alfa owners newsletter published a cross listing of Delco and AC 
> parts which would fit the Alfa. Nothing to replace the starter  though. 
> Still, I loved that car. One of the best road cars I ever owned.
> Larry Z
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