Re: Perfect Suspension Finally - then BANG!
I would say a big end bearing has gave up teh ghost, probably thorugh running low on oil at some point in its life, or from a cambelt failure in the past jarring it.
Re. the Autodelta bit - they wont sell you a loose engine or a kit, they only do full conversions/ installations.
On a 2.0, cams and a remap are the way to go with a better exhaust and a decat.
Phone round all the Alfa specialists in teh Uk and look for a quote on a replacement engine - I mean ALL of them.
As its a 2002 - is it a JTS or a TS?