Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Halesowen, West Mids
I had owned a 156 2.0TS Veloce for five years. Apart from routine maintainance and a few bits and bobs I thought the unreliability reputation was a myth.
I took the plunge in June and bought a 1.9 JTDM GT on a 57 plate with 12,000 miles. An approved Alfa from a dealer, and paid twice as much as I had done for my 156.
So far I have had the following warranty work done;
1. Replacement offside parking sensor surround, which had to be painted.
2. Replacement rear offside parking sensor and surround, both had to be painted
3. Drivers door seal
4. Hatchback rubber buffer
5. Rear nearside seat trim
6. Smart paint repair to rear bumper where small area of paint cracked
7. Door nodes both sides
8. Full clutch, clutch plate, dual mass fly wheel, fork, bushes and slave cylinder. (bottom bush had seized) all at 15,000 miles.
9. Hand brake cable (frayed boths sides)
10. Drive shaft gaiter (split)
11. Both interior door panels replaced (damaged during door node replacement)
12. Dent in bonnet taken out by Dent Devils, where I hit a bird. (not Alfas a fault)
13. Painted my own rusty wheel nuts hamerite silver.
Car has spent 10 days at the dealer and I have had 4 different courtessy cars.
Clutch still feels firmer than most cars I have driven, but dealer says it is fine now and I wonder whether it is my imagination because I am fixated on it. Every time I have a coutesy car I feel how light the clutch is (mito, punto), but then I am told that is the way they are.
My car is now problem free and I am hoping that I can start enjoying the experience. I have just taxed it for 12 months but was considering putting 6 months on it and dropping it in the summer and moving away from Alfa completely.
It has taken the pleasure out of the 'relationship' you have with the car. I hope I will feel differently if I can keep it out of the garage long enough to enjoy it.