Having searched on Google I see there are a few threads on different forums with this title, but I could use some advice.
I bought my first Alfa on Wednesday this week from a private seller, so sold as seen. It was fine on the test drive and the guy selling it told me he was only selling it as he had recently lost his job. It's a 2001 01 plate 147 Selespeed 2.0.
I drove it the 40 odd miles home, and the first problem arose after around 10 miles when I decided to test out the paddle shifts, I dropped it down to 4th and put my foot down when a warning came up 'VDC system failure'; I pulled over, restarted and the error disappeared.
All was fine for the next 25 miles or so, I tested the paddle shift again and pushed the car a bit harder, no problems at all.
About 5 miles from home I overtook a car while in City mode, the gearbox tried to shift to 4th and seemed to get confused, and then I lost all gears. I pulled on to the hard shoulder, switched off, tried to restart but nothing, it didn't even try and turn over.
After getting a tow home the battery was pretty run down from around 90 minutes of the hazzards and the main lights being on, so I disconnected the battery and recharged it over night.
I was working away yesterday so I've only had a chance to look at it today. Still no joy trying to start it.
From what I can tell it sounds like the pump is working when I unlock the car, but I can't change gear, the N is flashing on the display. I've looked under the bonnet (I'm know very little about cars) and the cover for the fuse box attached to the positive terminal is missing but I can't tell if one of the fuses has blown. The gearbox fluid level looks ok.
So here is what I would like some advice on:
- Any quick fixes I should try first?
- Is it worth buying the cable to link to my laptop? I've found the demo diagnostic software
- If I need to get an expert to look should I take it to my usual mechanic or should I go to an Alfa specialist?
- If it is the gearbox is it worth fixing or should I just look on my 40 minutes of Alfa Romeo driving as an interesting experience . At least according to the Topgear chaps I can now call my self a 'Petrol head'!
Apart from the fact that it's not running I think it's a great car and it would be a real shame not to get it working.
Many thanks for reading.