Re: May be this should be a recall...
Jwyatt, there was a thread on here a few moths back about fitting a rear strut brace to a GTA SW, a company in Japan actually sell them for that car, but it turned out to be a lot of work, maybe even too much work for what it was worth, as there are no damper mounting bolts at the top of the suspension tower to bolt a brace to, unlike the front, therefore the brace needed to be welded in place. A rear strut brace would probably help rigidity, but, treating the symptoms is not a cure for the real cause of the problem, which is poor built quality and dodgy spotwelds (in my case anyway).
Tallpall, when I spoke to Arnold Clark way back they asked me how I had got hold of the details of this fix as it wasn’t suppose to be public knowledge and they had to trawl through there ‘system’ to find it, not that their word is remotely reliable I must add…
Squadrone Rosso, the exact noises I was experiencing were as follows (as described to Western):
Boot hatch Creaking and rattling. There are 2 types of noise that can be heard:
a) Creaking noise when chassis twists coming from the back of the car/boot area. This is very noticeable even when turning a corner.
b) When driving along at say 25-30mph a constant creaking/rattling can be heard coming from inside the car at the rear. This seems to be movement of the hatch on the rubber seal. If this is not the cause, the ‘official’ Alfa UK fix (repairing faulty spot welds in roof structure) is supposed to have been carried out by Arnold Clarke the problem may have returned.