Re: system failure warnings
predictably, it didn't stay fixed. it alarmed again some more. alfa examined it again and this time they said it was a "generic fault" and they couldn't fix it. they don't have the expertise to fix their own cars apparently. they referred me back to the original auto electrician from over 6 months previous - the people who said my dashboard wasn't communicating with my abs unit. this time their diagnostic came up with faulty steering wheel angle sensor but because that was already replaced i agreed that they pull out the abs computer to check that. it had to be sent off to melbourne and it was found to be not faulty but there were some suspect circuit tracks or something and they fixed them at no extra charge (just the diagnostic). since then it has been returned to me with the warning that more work may be required but, and i say this with some trepidation, so far so good. it hasn't alarmed in the last 5 days and this time i'm really hoping that it's fixed for good. the auto electrician charged me $275 for the diagnostic, remove, repair and refit. it's like nothing considering the $7500 it has cost in repairs over the last 12 months (the caryard which sold it to me has so far paid for about $6000 and i should be able to get them to pay the rest eventually). but it's still only worth about $15000 (i hope i can get that much for it - i need to sell it before i can go travelling).
sadly my experience of alfa, and alfa brisbane in particular, has been very poor. i wouldn't wish it on anyone but i do hope somebody will learn from my experience.