Originally Posted by Stori
There could be a hard plasic electrical connector also rattling around which needs some tape on it to ensure it does not rattle.
I got a feeling that is one of my problems. My father and I tried to remove the cover beneath the steering wheel with no luck. I'll pass it on to my dealer.
Originally Posted by Barbalatte
I had the squeeky suspension problem in my 147 GTA. They changed pretty much the whole suspension. The noise went away.
Don't stop untill they address the problem and fix it! Make as much noise as you can.
Book the car in for a service or something. Ask for a loan car. Then after you have the loan car, tell them that you do not want the car back untill they fix all the problems. If they say that they have, then check before giving the loan car back. Trust me, this will work. The worst thing for a dealer is to keep a car still, in the workshop and have a car out on permanant loan. Oh, don't pay for the loan car either!
I think I'll have to use this type of tactic since the dealer doesn't seem to care about my problems. Even Alfa itself (where I filed a complain) doesn't contact me back. Tbh I'm getting a bit tired of all the dealer running .... I only get more rattles & squeaks, while I'm wasting my free days from work.
Originally Posted by LaTiNo156
What about getting a second or even third opinion at another dealer? You can get your Alfa fixed under warranty at ANY dealer! Dealers love to use that cliche: "it's a normal sound, all cars have that". They keep saying the same about my whining noise that no other 156 i've ever driven made!
Maybe you got an 'early' model? Testdrive a few other GT's so you can hear for yourself if it's supposed to be normal. Oh btw, this Sunday there is a GT-meeting in Holland. Maybe you can attend this meeting and drive other GT there to compare!
ps. I like the new lexus too (on pics). I wonder what the prices are...
This dealer is my second dealer. I left my first dealer because I had several dents in my door when I picked up my 156 from the garage for maintenance. There's only one dealer left. Buga that does Fiat, Lancia & Alfa. They allready look down on you when you aren't wearing a tie. Sigh ...
Perhaps I got a "monday morning" car. I'll be testdriving, a new GT next week. If the rattles are barable, it could be I'm putting an order for a new GT. Sad, very sad. I couldn't attend the meeting because I was in the UK for a couple of days (also explains why my reply took so long here).
Don't know the prices of the Lexus IS. Too bad it hasn't been released yet, or I would know all the details about it.
Originally Posted by DavidCane
I wouldn't accept the sportscar = hard suspension = squeaks and rattle claim. I'm an engineer who's just spent 2.5 years working for a prestige car manufacturer and in my time there I got the opportunity to drive various competitor cars included the BMW 6 Series. If those issues aren't apparent on the other cars there's no excuse for an Alfa to have them. Put plainly, that claim is bullsh17 and just a sign of poor excuses from a dealer.
My dealer is full of poor excuses. When I ask him (he also does maintenance for BMW), if a 3 series coupe has the same amount of rattles he replies me: "No, but you're paying a lot more money too. The GT is a very cheap car for it's class, so you'll have to put up with rattles & squeaks".
I like Alfa very much, and I had no problems with my former 156. It's very sad, just like Fred said, the car makes so many noises, it's ruining my driving experience. It's a shame I have to look for another brand now ...
One thing is for sure ... I'm not going to let my dealer rest, but on the other hand ... I got so many rattles, squeaks on the GT that I doubt if all are going to be cured eventually ....