My 147 GTA was towed to my local Alfa dealer after failing to start. They have diagnosed an ECU failure. The part has been on "back order" for three weeks now. Given that I have paid them £1200 already in advance to get this in and fix it, how long before I need to wonder if it this part will ever arrive, and if there is some reason it is taking this long?
It is being paid for, eventually, under 3rd party warranty. It is just my summer car, so I can manage without it, but am a bit sad that it will be sat out in the cold and snow as I very much like its lovely Nuvola white paint
Are these ECUs specific to each car, or why would it take so long to get one in? I am not a technical person, and rely on the garage to do pretty much everything except fill it up with petrol.
ECU's do seldom fail, hence the back order. They are too expensive to lay on the shelf for long periods.
I can understand that, if it is not in stock, that it will go on backorder. Is there something so complicated that means it is likely to be a very long time? I was given the impression that they had to be specific to one actual car, but than again I know nothing about what it is really.
Brill. I phoned the dealer today to ask them if they could get an idea of how long the lead time would be. Can you PM me your contact details so I can let them know that they can get me one from elsewhere?
For info, finally got it fixed in May! Winter service next week, then it's for sale if anyone is interested. Sub 60k miles, recent ECU and radiator (May), recent timing belt. I have only put about 2k miles on it each year for the last two years and it is in very good order. Not many of the nuvolo white ones about, and it has only had genuine alfa parts. PM for details and pics, or wait for the add. Raising money for business expansion, and also I don't really use it enough.