GT JTS Engine Failure - Need Advice
You'll have to bear with me because although I love Alfas i'm not the most mechanically minded, and apologies for the length but there is quite a bit of back story.
My Alfa GT at 55k suffered a major coolant pipe leak in April, the engine overheated and warped as a result.
I took it to an Alfa specialist (will not name as I am pursuing legal action) to get this fixed, they had the head reskimmed, and eventually the main block was replaced along with all gaskets oil filter etc. To be honest the price soon spiralled out of control and ended up costing over 2k.
Since the work I noticed it used slightly more oil, and it eventually developed a misfire, I took it back to the same garage and was told that the coil pack on cylinder 3 was covered in oil and need replacing, which they did. The oil spillage was blamed on me (due to being uncareful when adding oil).
In September it suffered a catastrophic engine failure (5 month and 8k miles after the job). The failure began with a tapping come from under the hood at which point I started to slow, I then heard a clunk and the car halted and the interior filled up with smoke. It was that bad that passers by had called fire engines to site. I checked oil regularly and there was no lack of oil or engine diag lights before the failure.
I returned the car once again to the garage, they say the con rod has gone through the block, the cause of this was a misfire and the misfire has been caused (again) by my inability to top up oil, and I had covered the coil packs.
As stated I am pursuing legal action for the entire repair costs as I believe this to be at their fault, their claim is that this car developed a misfire on the second occasion and I continued to drive on it (in fact it did not have a misfire). Taking off the engine cover ALL coil pack wells are completed full with oil, there is absolutely no way this due to me topping up oil. Can anyone shed some light on whether this may be a valve cover gasket, and if so how this links to a con rod going through the block and subsequently an engine failure.