2002 147 2.0 tspark Mega problem - HELP!!
I am the proud owner of a 147 2.0 (2002) from new...I have enjoyed years of fault free driving and loving the car...HOWEVER, approx 3 yrs ago the timing belt snapped but Alfa Romeo stood over it and repaired it free of charge. but about a year or so later the engine developed a subtle but noticable ticking that progressively got worse & worse...until it went bang and the engine was dead !
I live in Belfast, I ordered a secondhand replacement engine from the mainland (£800 ish) it arrived but was damaged in transit (full refund given) then I ordered another one (different supplier) ...also damaged in transit !?!?!...then a third from an Alfa "specialist"...enigine arrived in 2 days looked good etc, fitted by local garage but they said it needs "coded" at Alfa Romeo (£35+VAT)
Alfa (Belfast) got the car but COUD NOT recode it, they said it needed a new ECU...but final bill was £384...NOT £35.00 !
Anyway, after that dull story...this has become the bain of my life, my lovely car sits dormant & NOBODY (especially Alfa) knows how to get it going again !
CAN ANYONE HELP?????