Re: Never, ever again!
I have to say Fed-up that I feel your pain.
I have posted on the problems I have had with my 2.4JTDm (intermittent stuttering and stalling) for around a year now. I rang the head office for Alfa in Sydney yesterday after talking to Consumer Affairs about legal action, who advised me that my car didn't seem to be of merchantable quality and I was right to demand either the engine replaced or a replacement car or my money back. A warranty is a warranty, and it is completely unacceptable to expect someone to keep bringing the car in for useless repairs or in your case being fobbed off.
As a matter of chance the receptionist at Alfa accidentally read out the prior logged calls to me from the prior owner (who had it for its first year) thinking they were from me. It turns out my car had this problem from birth, and the last owner was so fed up he traded it in and bought a Chrysler. His letter of complaint was pretty damning.
I think they have realized in my instance that they can no longer hide the problems and will probably pay up but that is after over 2 years. I wonder how many others owners have just put up with such nonsense without being given all the facts.
I think threads such as this are very important, as how otherwise would we know of the shortcomings of certain car models and certain dealers? With any mass produced thing there is a chance you can just get a bad one, but with the 2.4JTDm that chance seems quite. high.