I drive a 2003 1.9 156
16v JTD Turismo.
I've had the car about 2 years and I love it. Great performance and mpg and style of course.
I've serviced her regularly and it got a once over about 2 months ago before sailing through an mot (NCT in Ireland)
Today I set off on a 2 hour motorway drive, about half an hour in with my cruise control set to about 80mph and the engine revving at the usual 2,500-2,750 rpm range at that speed I was cruising along in 6th enjoying the sunshine.
When overtaking I pressed the accelerator to increase my speed a bit and I hit a flat spot the needle wouldn't go over 80 and I knew there was something wrong.
I switched the cruise control off and thought maybe it might be some slight problem with that but the engine felt flat and as if the power had drained.
I pulled off where it was safe, switched off and let the engine cool a little. I opened the bonnet and nothing seemed out of order, I must point out my mechanical knowledge is fairly basic so I was just inspecting the belts where I could and checking for oil leaks etc but couldn't see any.
The water temp gauge was a little higher than normal but didn't look serious, there were no engine warning lights on or anything on the dash pointing to an engine failure or otherwise.
So hoping it was maybe just a slight electronic fault or something I restarted the car and went to take off but immediately there was a huge plume of thick white smoke out of the rear of the car and the engine gave a horrible rattle which I could feel through the pedal.
This all happened within seconds so I immediately pulled her off the road again and switched off.
I had to wait for a breakdown truck to come and tow my poor Alfa away and as it's a bank holiday weekend it's going to be Tuesday at least before the garage it went to had a chance to inspect it.
The driver wasn't a qualified mechanic he just asked me what happened and when I described the above he said "that sounds like a turbo failure".
My turbo had developed a bit of a whine over the past few months so it was a worry but I bring it to an Alfa specialist and he didn't seem concerned by it. By whine I mean when slowing down it can be like a high pitched whistle which when you're in the cockpit sounds almost like a police car siren in the distance. But the car has been driving aswell as ever. I don't do serious mileage it's mostly city driving then the occasional motorway stint every few weeks.
So does that sound like a turbo blown to you guys?
I've seen a few threads where other owners have replaced a turbo with a reconditioned or second hand turbo and it seems that did the job.
I'm worried that the cost of repair might nearly be more than the car is worth.