Typical, my wife never uses my 147, the first time in ages that she goes out in it, 5 miles in and I get a phone call: "the clutch has gone, it went bang, it won't work". I naturally think the worse, get a lift out to rescue it, and luckily just before I give up hope and ring the AA, I lean under the dash and see that its the clutch pin thats split. Quick tie wrap later and I'm driving home. Searching the forums it seems its a common problem, and one that was fixed with a recall. Mine's a 2001 car so it must have never had the upgraded pin?
Worst thing was, that evening the wiper linkage went too! Again, typical...now the wife doesn't "trust" the Alfa!