Well the clutch managed to just about hold on but I think it was the gear linkage that has gone in the end. I am not surprised however as its managed to hold out for the last 2 weeks with me pushing and pulling the gears around like a nutter just so it would go into gear!
The clutch was biting at the lowest point possible - and only just at that! I could sit in traffic in 1st with the clutch pedal feeling like it was going to go through the bulkhead and the car would still be crawling forward
But today I pushed too hard into 1st and my hand shot forwards and knuckled the dash (more lost skin from my knuckles due to my Bella!) - turning on the hazards in the process. I am now left with a gear stick that does . . . nothing
Think the linkage has just come apart??
The engine is fine and although miles are high it has been looked after. I can't afford to get it fixed and a company car may be on the way in 3 months so I don't want to spend on something that may end up redundant.
So I will say that I will have an 156 2.4 JTD Veloce SW 02 plate (03 car) with some nice bits on (ex demo originally) such as xenonís, full leather (Recaro maybe - itís the ones with sliding panel under the legs) and the Bilstein B12 kit for suspension (my addition) - for sale pretty soon
So someone with access to cheap parts and is a dab hand with a spanner could sort her very easily.
But its been great fun owning and driving my Bella and just as great to have so much help at hand thanks to a fantastic forum such as Alfa Owner and the people that make it what it is
I'll still be around and reading - lets face it, where else could I hear of the highs and lows of being an Alfisti!!
Will let you know, if interested, what I am doing with the car once I get things in order.