Let me start by saying I love my 2.0 156 JTS!
It's my second Alfa.
I bought it in November. On the day that I bought it I got a parking ticket. I'd picked it up in the evening from Wembley and had stopped (at about 11 o'clock at night) in what appeared to be a parking bay, to put my post code in SATNAV so I could get home. Turns out that there was a 'loading only' sign hidden away somewhere.
Anyway, 5 weeks later white steam from front of the car - at the time I just thought it was from the exhaust of the car in front of me. A couple of days later, HUGE plume of white steam and warning to pull over immediately. Pulled over at earliest safe opportunity (probably about half a mile).
Phoned the garage that I bought it from - friendly response - 'Your warranty was only for 28 days." New Radiator, water pump, cam belt and some other bits; £1,000 lighter but at least my beautiful looking car works and is running fine!
1 week later, start to notice a kind of humming/whistling noise. Following week car starts running warm in stationary traffic. Turn the engine off (I'm now a little nervous if the temp gauge passes the half way mark). Go to start the car - nothing! £120 for some guy to come and boost my car with a set of jump leads (I have some in my garage, well, in my boot now!). Two more weeks and it drives like a tractor! Motor Control System Failure warning going crazy, no power, lumpy drive and shrill whistle at high revs on motorway.
Is it time to kill my car?