My engine went bang
One of our company cars is a 147 Selespeed. It has only done 14,000 miles. A month ago the engine went bang, after starting to use a LOT of oil in the last 1000 miles. Not my doing however. I've now adopted it as the driver at the time has opted for anopther car.
The car was serviced at about 12,500 miles, and the Alfa dealer was told it was using a lot of oil. The car was serviced and nothing more said than "watch the oil". 800 miles later and about 8 litres of oil, apart from what was put in at the service, and the engine stared making veyr loud banging noises.
The engine was diagnosed as "buggered". No kidding! Why I asked. "It ran out of oil" I was told.
So the car was pronounced OK after the service, and 800 miles later it went bang. Something was very wrong, and Fiat have now replaced the engine under warranty. So far it's done about another 700 miles and used about 2L of oil. Possibly expected while new, but will have to see.
I've been told many things by the dealer, including "it uses oil to cool the pistons, that's why it uses lots of oil", and "it sprays oil into the combustion chamber, and so uses lots of oil". The first is typical of most engines, and the later sounds like complete crap. Does anyone have actual technical knowledge of WHY this engine drinks oil.
I've been told to check the oil every 500 miles, and the owners manual says every 300. For a company car this is completely unrealistic, IMHO.
I was also told "if the red light comes on the engine has already fried". If this is so, and the engine uses vast quantities of oil, why the hell didn't Alfa fit an oil warning gauge. Even Renaults have these fitted as standard.
I thought you guys might like to know about this happening, and how Fiat dealt with it, and hopefull might have something to add about why it uses so much oil. It's a nice car to drive, but not practical for company use unless you're very careful.