Yes, I did speak to a number of other Alfa specialists as well as Alfa Australia and they all said that the Selespeed clutch shouldn't wear out until around 120,000kms and that the dealer and Alfa mechanic they utilise are wrong. I only put top quality fuel in this car (have never used ethanol based fuels in any of my cars).
Even though my car has been under the used car dealer warranty (3 months) during all these issues, they are trying to get out of paying for the repairs and their mechanic has 'cleared' the most recent codes...how convenient..... They are just stalling the process to get past the warranty period, which has now just passed. I do have an independent report from Alfa Examiner carried out by another Alfa Specialist whom I took my car to when the light came on again. The report was done before the warranty expired and dealer was advised........ The Alfa Examiner does not lie, end of story.
I really want to enjoy my Alfa but it seems like an expensive car to own......
Don't let it get you too down.. First I'd forget the dealer and only use an independent. Right now the best you could do is visit ausalfa.com for advice about who to take it to, as that's an aussie alfa forum.
Second, those prices are ridiculous. Alfa ownership is great but if you buy parts locally its a nightmare.
Take a look at:
ebspares.co.uk - excellent service, parts are about 60-70% cheaper (OEM) and 4-6 days shipping.
Alfisti.net - also excellent, although longer shipping.
There's others in the UK and Europe that are as good, othere here will advise.
Do you give you an example, I just ordered the following:
2 x Rear rotors
Rear brake pads
1 x coil
4 x Spark plugs
2 x badges
oil filter and,
I paid $511 including shipping and all the parts are original equipment. If i had have bought those locally, i'd have paid about $1500.
A coil pack here is $295, but from the UK, its only $80. The part is OEM.
To you use your example, a clutch from ebspares is $216 - again, its OEM.
I know its a pain to order from overseas, but they all make it easy, all you need to do is wait for the parts to arrive and have a good independent to fit them, or do it yourself which is a hell of a lot more fun if you have the knowhow. If you ever get stuck this forum is great for advice.. as are others out there.
Also, the clutch on my JTS sele did last for 120,000 kms.. so they can last that long, but probably most don't..
Hope this helps..