Ok, so I'm new to this site and I'm going to reckon on this question being asked loads of time, so put me right, throw tomatoes at me, whatever, but give me some answers - please!
Since I've had the car (bought at the beginning of May), I've had, on occasions, had the Engine Control System failure message rear its ugly head. Before I had the engine work done, it limited me to 3000rpm but would go after about a minute or so. More recently, I had it reappear but for a day and a half but didn't restrict me at all...it disappeared as suddenly as it appeared. This week, it popped up and bugged me for 3 days so I decided I'd take a gander online to see what the cause might be. I got loads of different 'causes', only one cause matches what The Alfa Workshop and another independent told me...let's see what you guys and gals think!
1. The battery is dying - this might explain why the remote alarm is occasionally reluctant
2. The wiring around the exhaust manifold is wacky. Apparently soldering the terminal nearest the exhaust resolves this problem
3. The lambda sensor (probably no. 1 according to the independent in Stockport) is at fault
4. It's typical Italian wiring and can be safely ignored
The other intermittent problem I've got isn't as bad - the speaker wiring is well wacky, sometimes cutting out on the driver's side, forcing me to turn the volume right up and it suddenly cuts back in...a simple case of checking wiring or is this another example of wacky Italian wiring?
Finally, would the 2004 model front end - front bumper, bonnet, wings, etc fit the 2002 model. Are the dimensions close enough to allow me to do that if I wanted? I like the front end of the run out model. I know it's probably all cosmetic and I should concentrate on fixing the mechanical problems, but it's something I'd like to look at...
Your opinions are appreciated!