Dead GT JTD - Is this the end of the affair?
Saturday morning and I started the car, drove it to the end of the road and "stalled" it going over a speed bump. Tried to start it and nothing doing. Engine turns over, ignition works but the engine won't catch. No warning lights at all.
Left it for a while and came back to it to try again. Still wouldn't start, still no warning lights, still turning over but not catching. Couple of goes and it starts, but it only seems to be running on two cylinders and loads of smoke out the exhaust.
Eventually got it to a good indie who has always sorted out problems in the past.
Nothing showing up on the diagnostics: no fault codes at all. It seems the ECU has failed. Reconditioned ECU on order.
Problem is I have been trawling this forum all week and I cannot find anything similar. Plenty of sensors (cam or crank) failures leading to similar problems but always with a warning light and always with a code on the diagnostic box.
So what if I get the new ECU fitted and there is still a problem? Are ECU failures common? Alfa do reconditioned units so I suppose they must be (otherwise they wouldn't have units to recondition!)
Here's the thing. I have had three Alfas. A 146Ti (needed a new ECU and was off the road for three weeks) a 156 2.0 TS (needed a new gearbox, the front suspension rebuilt and other issues) and now the GT (who knows what?).
When I talk to other people about their cars they never mention that their last three cars have each cost them (literally) thousands of pounds to just to repair. Not to mention the "early" cambelt changes, the creaks, the rattles and the other "character" faults that we see so often on this forum.
I can no longer accept that a 4 year old car should suffer such a major component failure, not in this day and age. Can anyone tell me why I should persevere with such a low quality product, from a manufacturer who clearly cannot make a £20K car that lasts for four years?
Sorry for the rant, but I really am severely frustrated at the moment.
Thanks for listening.