Steering rack replaced under warranty!!
Without much of a fight, Desira in Norwich replaced my steering rack under warranty.
During a recent service the Alfashop told me my rack was worn and had some play in it. For a car with only 22k on the clock I was quite surprised but they say they replace lots of them.
When stationary, the steering wheel felt slack and there was a distinct knock when moving the steering wheel back and forth. So, as it was still under warranty I took my 156 to Desira (who claim they replace hardly any racks at all). The car was put up on the ramps and they told me it was fine. After some negotiating and comparison with a newer 156 they agreed to change it.
The work was done last Friday and the steering now feels really tight and direct and the knock has gone. Looks like a bit of persistence has saved me over £500!!
Now if only I can get them to sort out the front wishbone bushes (which they have already changed twice) I will be a happy man.