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156 Selespeed woes

Hello there,

My 156 Selespeed is a 2000 model with 92000 miles on the clock. It's been through two actuators since new (both within 3 years). The Selespeed has then been fine until last year when I started getting very infrequent jumping into neutral when in semi-automatic mode. Always at lowers speeds, and so infrequent that 6 months went by with me thinking it was *me* doing something stupid like knocking it into neutral -like I'd do something like that after owning the car for 3 years at the time.

Now the neutral issue is happening on a regular basis. The fault light never comes on as I was told by the indepedent garage that only actuator faults cause the light to come on. However, the gear selection display flashes for a few seconds in the gear it was in (whilst physically being in neutral), before displaying 'N'. Sometimes when the gear is flashing I can select a gear by pushing the stick, but sometimes I must come to a complete halt and touch the brake to get the gear to engage.

The garage stuck the computer on it (I presume the Examiner - is there a difference between the Examiner and Examiner2?) and found no fault with the acutator. But the pump was showing a slight pressure drop between 3rd and 4th gear. The pressure was fine for other gears. On that basis I had the pump replaced last week. No idea if a calibration would have been done as standard - didn't know at the time that such a thing needed to be done.

Car was fine for a couple of days and now the problem seems to have reccurred and is much more frequent. I've also noticed that for the first time the car goes straight to N without flashing the current gear selection for a couple of seconds. Still no fault light appears on dash.

I'm taking the car back tomorrow to the garage to get it looked at. I would be grateful for any ideas. I'll be damned if I'm paying for another actuator - to have a 4th in a just under 7 year old car is a joke and I'll be on the phone to Which? if I have to pay for it.

Knowing my luck it will the clutch or something else that hasn't gone wrong so far with the car...

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Re: 156 Selespeed woes

I wanted to give you an update on this.

My local garage have sent my car to a specialist place up in Stanmore to try and resolve the problems after they could do no more. They've adjusted one of the rods that is used to move the clutch (cannot remember the name of it) and an auto electrician found a couple of dodgy relays that needed replacing.

The problem has become much less frequent although it did occur within half a mile of the garage on the way home!

I took it straight back and the Stanmore garage took another look, plus an Alfa UK engineer visited to take a look. No problems could be found and the Examiner was showing nothing. On that basis (and after 2 weeks of test driving) they returned the car back to me as they couldn't find anything else wrong.

I've since driven 200 miles in mainly town traffic and the neutral problem only occurred in two journeys.

It's really weird - not sure why the selespeed is now 'almost' behaving itself.

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