Re: water pump?
My car is fixed. Thank @~*#. Alfashop has not only fixed it but the car hasn't run this well since I got it. The water pump was bu**ered. They changed it and the cam belt, variator, tensioner and idler, aux belt and r/c gsk. It cost £475 inc vat. From past experience with garages I think this is pretty good. From what they tell me these were overdue anyway or would be soon with my milage (~100k).
For your 2.5 v6 its £650 inc vat. That includes changing the water pump (ask for metal impellor, its much more robust and cheaper to get, important with your model), cambelt, tensioner, 2xidlers, 2xr/c gsk, 6xspark plug seals.
I cant tell you how great this place is. Dont trust garages that dont know Alfa's. I've spent ages with garages that dont know thier hand from thier elbow. Waste of money. I should have asked for a discount with this advertisment! Having said that I dont actually know if I got a good deal or not. I dont care cos I got my car back after having to result to public transport for the last 2 weeks or so. I might as well have hired a Golf. Well maybe not.