I’m under no illusions here – I bought a lemon. It’s this car I’m not happy with, I have no problem with Alfas in general!
I’m no mechanic – I’m happy to do all my own spannering on cosmetic, interior, electrical jobs etc … but for engine work and/or anything requiring a ramp I hand my cars over to a garage. I know my limits.
What I’ve learned here is that this car has problems I can’t diagnose or fix on my own, and it ain’t (financially) worth paying someone else to do. I’ve been enjoying running dirt cheap, but still interesting, cars for a while and thought this might be a fun one but it’s too far gone to be reliable without a fair whack of work … and I’m going to move on to a different car now rather than throw more money at this one.
I just haven’t bonded with this car. It doesn’t excite me and it hasn’t got under my skin the way some others have (old Porsches, old Mazdas, etc) so I’m not going to throw money and time at it illogically.
As for the low oil pressure warning … I’m not totally daft. I pulled over immediately and checked the oil level. It’s fine. Something else is causing the problem and looking through old threads here it sounds like it could be any one of a number of things … I am bemused by Alfa deciding not to have a low oil level warning though, and just displaying low pressure for that too. Seems a bizarre design choice!