Hi, first post, and unfortunately not an optimistic one! Basically, I bought a 2.0L 147 Selespeed (2002) a few weeks ago from what I thought was a reputable dealership (general, not an Alfa dealer). There was no user manual with it, so I put an order in with my local Alfa dealer for one, and when I picked it up, he brought the car for a test for me as well. Straight away he noticed some issues which, having no manual, I hadn't a hope of seeing:
1. The engine warning indicator LED on the Rev display was not working at all.
2. The gearbox warning buzzer was sounding.
3. The multi-function display was disabled; I actually knew this when I bought it, but thought I could live without it. (Havng no manual, I didn't realise how important it actually is
So my friendly Alfa dealer hooked it up to the diagnostic tool, and found that there are gearbox actuator, engine control, and body computer errors.
So I got back in touch with the original dealer, and he stated [paraphrasing] that they disabled the display/warning lights on every Selespeed they sell, as the displays gave false errors and interfere with the running of the car (sticking in gear, etc). He said the errors given by the diagnostic tool were false. He also said that a reputable Alfa dealer had checked out the car and said it was fine. (I've no idea what 'checked out' means, he might have just brought it for a quick spin).
Now, I'm an electronic engineer, and I KNOW that sensors trigger for a reason.
Obviously I don't believe the BS I was told, but I'm not sure what to do about it. Is there anything of truth in what I was told?
BTW, I only got a 3-month warranty with the car (still 6 weeks left on it), but is it up to the dealership to take the car back in and sort everything out?
Apologies for he length of this post, and thanks to anyone who got this far.