Thanks for all the responses people. I took her to KwikFit yesterday for a system diagnosis, which threw up a few errors, one particular one with a dealer code. So I asked the fitter where the nearest Alfa specialist was (never need one in 2 1/2 years of owning my 156) and he said "over there at the back of MacDonald's", just 60 seconds drive from my house. So over I went! He's fantastic! He only works on Alfas and Fiats, and is just rebuilding a GTA. He had her up on the lift, and let me go back to see her. He's taken every tiny part of her and either powder coated it or chromed it and is restoring her to original better-than-mint condition just for the showring.
"Eliza", my 147 will be going to him next Thursday for a full health check which includes EVERYTHING from system diagnostic to mechanical to structural, where he'll do a complete report for me with all the work that needs doing on her prioritised - from must to should to could. this will cost me a mere £45.00
This man LOVES Alfas, and he said he will get my girl running exactly as she should for me, or better.
I can't BELIEVE he is so close to my house. I feel loads better now, and I'm sure I'll stop swearing at her by next weekend!
Last edited by Bucket 147; 17-09-09 at 09:40.