Alfa 156 Selespeed gear selection disaster
I've got a 1999 156 Selespeed Veloce, great car to drive, but am now having gearbox grief.
1st had a problem a couple of months back - car would miss 3rd gear on upchange and jump to 4th. Then it got stuck in reverse, but eventually freed itself. Took it into the local dealer who after two weeks told me that it was a speed selector which they replaced at a cost of about £250 including labour. This of course was not covered by my aftermarket warranty/mechanical insurance.
Car was fine for about 3 weeks, then started missing 3rd again. I pretended to ignore it as I love driving the Alfa and it usually was OK if I just accepted 4th and carried on.
Then about 2 months ago it stuck in reverse and wouldn't go. Had to be towed to to dealer, but when it was taken off the towtruck it was OK.
Yesterday/today it has been v bad, missing 2nd/3rd and coasting with a flashing N in the gear display until I stop, switch off, wait for ages then try again.
I've heard that the actuator is at fault, I need a software upgrade or alternatively a BMW.
I really don't wanto get rid of my 156, I love it when it's good, but can't stand the unreliability.. Help!!
Oh and where can I get Sport pack 2 style side skirts for less than dealer prices....?