Re: 2.2 JTS hesitation - now with new IMPORTANT information & escalation details
This is my first posting on this site and I have waited to see ARUK reaction to the numerous complaints on this problem. (89 posts on Cloverleaf site) .
I did not wish to start with a moan but after trying to compare my 2.2 Spider with the trusty 2.0litre TS that I parted with last year after 10 years I can only say that this is the major fault with this model .
We are all aware that Alfas refuse to move on cold starts but this " hesitation " is potentially lethal in early morning winter traffic with a cold engine , I can only describe the engine response between 1000 and 2000 rpm as " a bucket of slush " , nothing will happen within this rev band , especially when the engine is not warm.
It is still a nuisance in summer but appears easier to "drive around it " if you change driving style and probably sacrifice fuel consumption
On a general note I have covered approx 4800 miles and have had only one fault that warranted a dealer visit , namely hood refusing to go down .
The new Spider is more refined and smoother than the old , there is a certain isolation from the road and it should really be classed as a grand tourer , the old spider had a better engine and the driver could feel the road , especially in cornering , small plus in the old spider were the seat belt guides within the seat assembly and piped windscreen washers for those summer days when you needed to remove bugs , etc without putting the top back up.
Fuel consumption is working out at 25 mpg in a normal country to town commute and 30 mpg on a decent run .
I have contacted ARUK regarding a fix for this "hesitation " and the party line of this being an engine characteristic was offered , nevertheless it was explained that advice was being sought from Italy.
I am requesting ARUK to implement any available fix under warranty at the annual service in July this year , and as a lesser matter to investigate the constant self reset (3 times now ) on the trip A fuel consumption readout .
If anyone is counting the complaints on this hesitation then I am pleased to addweight to the numbers