Hi guys, i just recently did sum expensive maintenance on my Selespeed 'box. After 3 1/2 yrs of use, the indent going from +/- to N had broken, and i was left with a loose gearknob, similar in feel to a convential manual gearknob when in Neutral. Prior to this i was experiencing alot of play in the gearstick, i.e; it would jiggle left and right with a soft touch. I visited my Alfa dealer and was told a link inside the sequential box had broken, an AUD $600 part.
I booked my car in, had the new part fitted, and at the same time had the clutch take point up re-calibrated. Total costs were $890 - the parts had to be fitted from under the car, and my car was at my dealer for two days, since it had to left overnight for the clutch to 'cool down' b4 being re-calibrated. Now my car moves off very smoothly and the gearchanges r quicker/smoother than before. There is absolutely no play in the new gearknob, and changing gears it feels firm and springs back smoothly.
If any of u with the Selespeed box are experiencing some play, jiggling of the gearstick, those r the tell-tale signs that its about to let go. The gearknob was still usable, tho with no clear indents, i had to be careful not to slide into N when upshifting or R when downshifting. Not sure if theres an electronic safeguard against going into R when traveling since it didnt happen luckily.
I also spent another $180 flushing my oil, then refilling, draining, etc 3 times, and ran a fuel injection cleaner. I had been using Shell Optimax, and the high sulfur content and lack of consistent fuel quality had burned off and left my exhaust clogged with alot of black carbon. Everytime id accelerate hard it used to blow out of my exhaust. I also used to get this sulphur odour after some spirited driving, kinda like the smell of mangos and gas. Im now using Mobil Synergy and my exhaust tip is still clean after 1 week of driving, the odours have gone, and im getting better fuel economy to boot. Lesson - avoid Shell!