Would appreciate if somebody could help...this morning for the first time I was seriously considering to let go my beautiful but extremely unreliable Alfa...
I gave up on paying bills trying to sort out the same problem for more than a year. This morning I booked few test drives (you can easily guess my next car would not be Alfa) for the rest of the week and very close to accept almost any car/any deal that 'ok to drive&reliable&got a long warranty'.
Although, after discovering this forum tonight, I have now got a tiny hope that there is somebody out there (here
) who might be able to solve my Alfa mystery, to give a good advice and/or recommend to a Specialist who really knows Selespeed inside-out. I am in Surrey, although, would not mind to travel 'for the right person'
Anyway...I will try to describe the problem...
Initially started more than a year ago: in a traffic - would suddenly stuck in 2nd gear and with an awful rev jump to 4th or 5th, than back to 2nd or 3rd..it would repeat as long as stay in a traffic. Once you drive fast it seems cure itself. When a car cools down - good as new...until stuck in traffic again.
Recently: it might drive fab for few hours. When warm you can start it but it would not go into any gear and does not switch to City mode either. Or when stop, shortly changes itself to neutral and that is it. Might do when stop at a traffic light or driving/slowing down. Sometimes restarting a car would help but other times - RAC had to take it back to a garage...5 times in last few months!
During 1,5 year...Took to a garage a few times: new body computer, a few new bits fixed (could list all if helps), new actuator 2 months ago (they changed a sphere twice before that but than asked to pay for the whole unit) but the problem is NOT solved
Recently, a friend recommended disconnecting the battery and it worked a few times but last weekend nothing seemed to help. Was stuck at Heathrow in the middle of the night in the rain and it took good 2 hours to get it sorted. Yesterday, was stuck for a while again, had to call RAC to take us home.
I phoned a garage yesterday, they want a car for few days (again!) 'to have a proper look at it'... All repairs, services, etc done at the same garage I bought my car 3 years ago.
I have no more confidence that they can sort it.
Please...H E L P!
Love my moody Alfa to bits and would be really sad to let it go but just about to give up
P.S. I hope my description was OK.
Otherwise, please be patient:
1. I am new to this forum,
2. I am a lady driver not a mechanic,
3. English is not my native language.
So...be gentle with me