Originally Posted by mike147
You actually brought 3 147, Hughesie2? hehe.. You must be a great fan of Alfa.
You either love em or hate em, this ones put me right off for a while, see below the problems i've had with this car in 6 Months of ownership.
14th May 2004
Within 37 miles of picking the car up I was having problems with the gear box, at this point I actually wished I had turned around and dropped the car back at the dealer. Despite the car still being within 3 years of Alfa’s own warranty they refused to look at the gearbox, as I could not get the vehicle seen too by an Alfa garage before the Warranty expired. I rang the supplying dealer and he paid to have the gearbox re-set at my Local Alfa Dealership (Alfa Perry’s, Amersham) £60.00
16th May 2004 -
Having problems with the gearbox jumping from 2nd to 5th and no gears in between intermittently, was in and out of the Alfa dealership on an almost weekly basis for re-setting.
26th May 2004
Full Alfa Service to keep up the Full Alfa Service History to improve re-sale value despite the vehicle been serviced prior to me picking up the vehicle on the 15th by the supplying car dealer, gear box re-set again, was advised by them that there was no need to change cam belts as they would last despite me checking, service cost £330.40 covered by myself
17th June 2004
Gearbox finally self destructs and car was sent to an Approved RAC Garage to be fixed, original garage could not do the work and was sent to Northampton to a specialist centre to be fixed, car was off the road for a period of 2 weeks to be fixed (£665.06 covered by warranty)
19th June 2004
Vehicle was still occasionally jumping between gears, back to Northampton where they covered 500 miles in the car and it did not do it once, I still have the gearbox problem but it is intermittent and only does it on long town journeys, I have learnt to live with this problem as no one can fix the problem.
Heat Exchanger failure, back to Perry’s of Amersham to be fixed, part covered by warranty, awaiting receipt from dealer
9th November 2004
48k Service at an Alfa approved specialist, on the day of the service the Engine diagnostic warning light came on and was run through the Alfa Examiner Tool, the problem was re-set and I also had a couple of other little things done to the car that had not been working to well since purchase, Cost £254.09
16th November 2004
Cam belt failure caused by a seized tensioner bearing failure, £308.88 covered by Warranty, £282.74 covered by myself.
26th November 2004
The car developed a problem with the front suspension due to worn rubber mountings on the suspension, the whole front end of the suspension was replaced to rectify the fault £360.33
6th December 2004
the car suffered a catastrophic engine failure, it basically threw its conrods out of the sump and the block in 3 places on the A3 near Guildford, upon pulling the car over the engine oil was leaking over the hot exhaust and ignited, I called the fire brigade who were very quick and extinguished the fire before any further damage was sustained. The car was recovered by the police to the Services due to it being in an unsafe to Wisley Services on the A3 whereby the car was recovered by the RAC to my local Alfa specialist.
RAC warranty have sent out an “independent inspector” to inspect the problem with the engine, and have rejected the claim due to the “car been run on low oil at some point”. Now I know that in the time I have had the vehicle the car has NEVER been run low on oil and I know how susceptible that Alfa engines are to oil starvation, this being my 3rd Alfa, the car has had the oil checked on a weekly basis and at least every 500 miles, the car had just undergone its 48k service at which point the oil was changed and re-filled and then within a month the engine suffered such a catastrophic failure, both myself and the servicing dealer dispute the claim by the independent inspector but do not know how to take the matter forward. RAC are refusing to send me a copy of the Engineers report so I can take the matter up with them directly.