Just found out from my old friend, the Alfa dealer, that my gearbox selection problems are all down to a steering wheel angle sensor.
Just to put this in perspective, a little history lesson.
Bought car in Feb 2007
1st Week had to go back to supplying dealer to have new body computer
March, got the car back
March car goes to garage cos of various issues
March car comes back with no clues
April car goes to 2nd Dealer to fix same issues - finally get answers
May 'you need a new Connect NAV+ unit'
August Aircon regas finds a leak
October Car starts jumping into Neutral and mis-behaving, Garage finds no fault
October (2nd Half) Gearbox refuses to select any gears and needs recovery, established as a selespeed pump wiring fault - £500
October new aircon pipe fixes leak - £280
November/December Gearbox starts playing around, jumping into Neutral and other faults - £800 to fix??
I am now at the point of despair. I have had the car 11 months and spent £1500 on it to keep it on the road. I also have to pay another £800 to keep it on the road. I am now considering getting rid once and for good.
This is my third Alfa, after a 145 1.7 (fantastic) a 145 Cloverleaf (not bad) to a 147 Selespeed (Why did i do it??)
When its working its fantastic and the gearbox is excellent, but these moments seem so few and far between that i wonder if its all worth it.
My point here is that the quality seems to have got worse rather than better and i may be forced to admit defeat and buy something reliable.
Sure I will miss the regular dealer contact, but at least it saves me money.
And so to the point of all this.
Do you think its worth spending the money?
Whats the chance of something else going wrong after this?
Are there any Alfa specialists in the North West who could fit a steering wheel sensor cheaper?
Anyone else had the same issues?
My defence of the AR brand has now been pushed beyond the limit, which is a shame cos they look, sound and drive fantastically.
R to the D