Originally Posted by rarebear
so much for German quality, the injection system is Bosch !!!
Have you noticed how many electrical problems VW, Audi and Merc's are having the last 3-4 years? Don't know about BMW, but at the previous company I worked the carpark was VW and Audi exclusive and we had plenty of problems with them. The troubles varied between failing electrical doorlocks, engines only starting now & then, electrical boots that wouldn't open or close anymore, lights that acted weird (one guy's A4 looked like a christmas tree when he started the engine). The most remarkable thing was my boss's full option A8's, from which the complete electrical circuit was disassembled and removed by an engineering team that came from germany especially for his car. Every single electrical wire was replaced to solve the problems with that car. The whole original circuit was taken to germany for closer inspection, I don't know how that story ended, I left the company.
My VW new beetle had lots of problems with the brake-assist/ABS. My right wheel's brake assist thought I was braking at random moments... Very "funny" when you're driving 140km/h (about 85mph) on a highway... They replaced the whole braking mechanism of the right wheel, but the problem remained. Don't know what they did with the car after that, it was at that time that I left the company.
For the new Golf, the first-ones that rolled out of the factory had also problems with the wire that controlled the electrical boot getting seriously damaged after 1/2 months of using the car, design problem which could in worst case fry your board-computer, though mostly it resulted in ppl being unable to open their boot-lid.
German cars may have made good names for themselfs in the 70's, 80's and first half of the 90's, but nowadays it seems to be more important to have the latest electrical gadgets than to have a reliable usable car that brings you from point A to B. Offcourse - not everything is bad about them, build-quality in general is mostly more than OK, but it's just to indicate that they're not problem-free... Never blindly trust smth because it's made by X or comes from country X. Japanese cars have the name of being very reliable, but when I'd consider buying one, I'd make sure it doesn't have very much problems. I did that before I bought my 147 too, and the only real repeating problem I found was the cambelt needing replacement early. Every car has a few glitches, it's still made by humans - and humans still make mistakes...
That said - you still don't know if that is Bosch's fault due to poor quality or it being damaged during installation, or handling at Alfa.