Thanks for the feedback so far. Concensus so far is that I should hear the pump when opening the door as I did in the past, but I definately do not hear it since new pump was fitted 2 weeks ago. Car seems PERFECT for the first time since I got it though. I have had so far changed under warrenty due to numerous selespeed failure warnings, unable to engage reverse, not changing gears, airbag warnings, the following:
New Drivers airbag
New curtain airbag
New Brake pedal switch
New Hydraulic Pump
Plus numerous visits to the dealers to try and diagnose the cause of problems and hence the changes. All new items have had some positive impact on solving problems, but what else can go wrong? I bought this car 2nd hand with 8,000kms and I tracked down the previous owner after a few months of problems and he said it was the car from hell and he traded it fo ra BMW because of the gearbbox problems he had endured for 4 months. I soon saw what he meant. He said this was his 4th Alfa and he doubted he would bother again!
After I got these replies I phoned Alfa agent and their service manager said the pump priming is only heard if the pressure has gone down and a pressure switch then activates the pump in readiness to disengage the gears before starting. This maybe explains why in the past I did not hear the pump if I got back in the car after only a few minutes like at a petrol fill up.
Now I never hear it even after overnight. Does this really mean that Alfa have a better pump which keeps its pressure up for long periods? The service manager has promised to contact the factory and get back to me with an answer. My concern is that something may be wrong which will cause pump to fail eventually. Anyone agree?