So far definitely more of a parody of reliability in my case, I never believed that the cliches about alfa's spending more time in the garage than on the road was true however...
Brand new GT SE bought October 2010
VDC failure light came on within 20 miles of driving out of showroom.
Aircon not working from day one requiring re-gassing
Failure of dealer to realise that car mats require anchoring to the floor!
Boot difficult to close
Airleak causing whistle from passenger side door.
Dealer managed to fix the first 3 issues but failed utterly to fix the second two.
At 3k miles windscreen washer began to leak necessitating repair.... more importantly the duel mass flywheel developed a fault requiring new DMF, clutch and gearbox.
As such the car has been with the dealer since 23rd, initially promised that it should be back with me today, now just been telephoned to inform me that they have just ordered the parts today and they should receive them within 1 week!
If I do get the car back within a week it will mean that for 24 days out of 91 of ownership the car will have been off the road!!!!
Am severely envious of those people who have been able to enjoy their GT's, great car when its actually on the road!!!
That's bad, especially with a brand new car, when you know there is no previous abuse of the car (unlike a used car). I hope you get it sorted, but my experience with the clutch was that they kept replacing bits time after time and it was never right.
It would also seem that the dealer I used didn't order any aprts until it was stripped. Then they took days to arrive, so the car was left with them longer than necessary.
I too had a new DMF, clutch plate, pressure plate, release bearing and slave cylinder, and cutch fork and bushes (bushes seized) Next visit I had a sleeve that the release bearing fits over and a new bearing. Then a master cylinder. The last time I took it in it had another new clutch, because the release bearing was grinding on the fingers of the pressure plate. At some stage it had another slave cylinder. Even after that it was better but was not right.
Iang ...With regard to the door nodes and having to soft reset them. I was doing that about twice a week, so took it in to have those fixed. Although they had it a day to see what was wrong when it evetually went in to be done they didn't order the parts until stripped and then it was a couple of days later that it was done. Even then they damaged the two door cards and didn't fit them properly. Both had to be replaced on different days.
Lexg..One thing to watch is that on each visit they did not want to give me any paperwork, as it was all warranty work. However, I wanted a copy of the invoice for my records and so I knew what parts had been changed. I eventually got a copy after several requests and on the invoice it said "A0071793048" reconditioned clutch kit" and "A0071793236 reconditioned flywheel". I queried this and was told that it is Alfa policy to fit reconditioned clutches and flywheels when done under warranty rather than new ones. I accepted it at the time but thought it was wrong. Considering that I needed another within a few months it can't have been very good.