just to knock the ‘jubilee clip’ discussion on the head, I could see the failure very clearly and it was not on a union, joint, bend, clip, or other, rather it was in-line; the hose itself is a plastic coated affair perhaps braided inside the coating. the hoses run along the roof between the external and internal fabric layers and are clipped to the framework with steel spring clips. the hoses (2 of them) are also covered in a kind of flock fabric sleeve presumably to prevent any chaffing.
At the site of the failure the fabric sleeve has been damaged to expose a split/nick which can clearly be seen.
If I were to guess on what happened I'd say the line and sleeve were damaged either during assembly of the roof on the production line or the hose was not correctly clipped in place and got damaged during one of the roof opening operations.
either way its pants and re the comment; there’s not much fluid in the hydraulic system, I'd guess half a litre ended up in the car and on my girlfriend, perhaps not a lot in JCB terms but enough to ruin a hair-do, nice outfit and make a right ol mess of the car, pooling behind the seat!
Having Slept on it, I've got the right hump today. David and Piccadilly has been a total star sending cars and drivers on 350 mile round trips. Motorvogue however could even be bothered to lift a finger, they should be taken out shot with camel sh*t.
I've already talked to ARUK customer services about them and will follow on this until I get a statement from MV. I’ve also talked to them about how David has helped out so much.
I know David has a vested interest in the car as it was he I did the deal with, but I should be able to take the car to any Alfa Romeo dealer and receive a consistent service
I'll keep you posted on progress