Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2009/02/22

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Subject: [Leica] Re: Bosch reliability
From: glehrer at (Jerry Lehrer)
Date: Sun Feb 22 20:50:32 2009
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Many cars I have owned have the battery 180 degrees away from the engine 
compartment, but my wife's two Volvo V70s
were NOT among them.


Jim Nichols wrote:
> Larry,
> 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
>> _

Replies: Reply from jhnichols at (Jim Nichols) ([Leica] Re: Bosch reliability)
In reply to: Message from lrzeitlin at (Lawrence Zeitlin) ([Leica] Re: Bosch reliability)
Message from jhnichols at (Jim Nichols) ([Leica] Re: Bosch reliability)