Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: I would rather not say
Hi guys, I have the same on my GT JTDm. I noticed it when I went to look at it and drove it.
However, the chap I bought it from had the thing serviced at an Indy regularly, as did the owner before him (1st owner). 1st owner had a gearbox rebuild a couple of years ago - all the gubbins was changed: DMF; Clutch; Slave; linkages; springs; bushes...EVERYTHING. I rang the Indy who was very helpful and said the work had been done because linkages and clutch needed changing so the chap had everything done!!! He was having difficulty selecting 2nd and 3rd (diagnosed as linkages) and the clutch bite was at the top.
Anyway, the master cylinder went on me and I have had this changed in the past couple of weeks. I notice the gear lever STILL moves. I wasn't worried when I bought it (seeing as everything had been changed) and I am not worried now - happens in 5th and 6th for me. Used to do it on my last Audi too...although not as pronounced.
In terms of OCD and listening to everything - yep, count me in!!!!! My OCD has begun to lapse on the basis that my brother has a Golf GT TDi - lovely car, pulls like a train! Most recently he has had to spend on his a similar amount to what I have on mine!!!
The vanes on my turbo were sticking as a result of the car being parked up by the previous owner for so long so I asked the Indy: "Hang on, you're telling me that my car broke down and the turbo needs to be replaced because it hasn't been booted (sensibly of course) around?", his answer: "Basically yes!". So I had the turbo reconned and refitted. Bro - well, the alternator clutch shredded to pieces (common fault) - he was so lucky it was on the drive because when that happens, the pins shoot into the cambelt area! On top of that, the solonoid on his passenger door has packed up, as has the reas wiper motor and also the DMF!!!!! And all of this for a chap who was slating me for buying an Alfa - Ah, Karma, what a wonderful thing!
Basically, forget your OCD. Look after her as best you can and just enjoy your Alfa - if something goes wrong, it was meant to happen - after all, it is a piece of stunning engineering that takes quite a battering, no matter how carefully you drive, and something will always give at some point - be it the suspension or tyres or something more serious!