I'm a first time Alfa owner - one week and counting - and have already run into problems!
Bought a 2001 147 1.6 TS Lusso from a dealer near my parents - I live 200 miles away. Driving it home that night, the engine control system failure light came on after 120 miles - so rang the dealer the next day, and arranged to drop it off the following week to get it sorted - they told me it was probably a faulty warning light.
Picked it up yesterday (08/03), no warning light, they told me problem was fixed. Drove back to parents' and took it out today - guess what, the light came on again, less than 24 hours after picking it up.
Dad's had a few Alfas before, so knew they can be temperamental, and he'd ordered me a diagnostic reader thingy the first time the light came on. Plugged it in when I got home, and it's given me codes P1177 and P1178. Research on your lovely forum shows this is probably a MAF problem (?) - and I can get stuff to clean it, which would be the cheapest and easiest way to solve it.
I'm just not sure if
a) we're right about what the problem is
and b) whether I should ring dealer and get them to fix it as their responsibility - I've had this car about ten days and they provided a comprehensive 12 month warranty. When I picked it up yesterday, the guy was quite dismissive and just said "oh, it's an Alfa, lights just tend to come on..."!
Don't want to keep driving around with the Engine Control System light on, and not sure what to do. Any advice would be appreciated.