Well I'll tell you the story, there's more to it than just reseting the rod.
The car was jerky when engaging 1st gear, so badly infact that it almost cnapped my neck the first time as it span off the line, this shows the ASR is unable to do its launch control funtion as the sele can't ride the clutch with the 2mm (you'll se why later) or so it can release it by, it was truly the most uncomfortable sele take off I've experienced, so after consulting the Examiner printouts which even showed the problem (which the Alfa Dealer ignored), the Examiner picked up that the rod was at 25.14mm, but runing it on alfadiag showed the rod to be at 12.5mm, this was obviously the true measurement after visually checking it, so I wound it out to a point which visually looked close and locked it up, so close infact that when I powered up Alfadiag again it said 28.25mm, well that is perfection itself (mid tollerence) bled the clutch, and performed the EOL service, straight through. Because I took the battery tray out to do this I also noticed that the aircon pipes where all mangled around the area, because the garage had forced the gearbox out past them, so they were straightened up and put back in the clips so that they would stop freting on other equipment. Then it was down to the misfire problem, straight into the coil packs, no oil or water down the plugs, but the packs had cracks in that you could slot a penny into, so we sealed them up and checked all the packs and lead resistance ratings, balanced the resistance between the 4 cylinders and refited the packs and ran a full diagnostic check on the Engine, Airbag and Selespeed testing every valve, solenoid and sensor. All sweet, even the idle had stabalised back at 850 rpm.
So to the test drive, well it was a different car, smooth off the line, silky gear changes and no wheelspin, even the misfire had gone. The only problem left now is that the bulb warning flashes up briefly as you press the brake pedal, that will be solved by replacing the stop/tail bulbs (imo one is about to blow to get this symptom).
And I'm enjoying the beer chits right now. cheers