GT 3.2 gearbox failure
Can anyone help? I love my GT, but know very little about the clutch/gearbox thingumy whatsit under that there bonnet.
I am the proud second owner of a GT 3.2V6. It currently has 29k on the clock. It has a FSH with Alfa dealers.
Anyway, during a recent service by an Alfa dealer I was told the clutch master and slave cylinders needed changing, the clutch was heavy (I think that it normal), but it squeaked and groaned badly when it was pressed down. I accepted the diagnosis and booked it in for the work. (I also agreed for the radiator to be replaced as it was rusted – I think the previous owner lived by the coast – I then braced myself for a tasty bill!, Little did I know….).
The garage did their bit, but rung me to deliver bad news….
After the clutch work was finished they took the car on a road test. During this short drive the gear box “exploded!” (his words not mine). I don’t think it has shattered the gear box casing, but I think it is leaking oil. The garage has not taken it apart yet, but they think the drive shaft has snapped.
Anyway, they said they would try to get a contribution from Alfa. The car is only 3 years and 6 months old and they have never experienced such a failure before on a GT. Oddly they asked that I do not mention to Alfa that they were working on the clutch as they felt this would result in Alfa not making any contribution. Hmmmmmm, I might not be Sherlock Holmes, but my suspicion meter is twitching….
Anyway, Alfa said “no” to a contribution. I am now left with continuing to complain to them and, in parallel, trying to get the dealer to cut me a deal on the repair price. He has offered me something, but I suspect he knows he blew it (quite literally).
Can anyone tell me if I am correct to point the finger of blame at the dealer? I fully suspect that something was not done correctly when the clutch work was undertaken and this has put undue pressure on the gearbox.
Can anyone help a technically unaware, but very keen Alfa owner, who cannot admit to his mates that he knows little about them darn thingumy whatsits under the bonnet (actually, I suspect my mates are clueless as well).