Not sure if this is a common problem...a couple of weeks ago, after a three figure late night blast up the A1M
in my 06 plate/35k 159 1.9D the engine mangement light came on with a 'get engine checked'-type warning. Seemed to be running okay so continued to supermarket for a few (beer) essentials. When returned to car and started engine (expected fault to clear to be honest), car was obviously in limp home mode. Managed to crawl (20mph-ish) home.
Left car at home next morning (Friday) and rang local (car supplying) Alfa dealer to see if could get car in quick. They, helpfully nontheless, said it would be at least 5 days before they could look at car AND provide courtesy car. Bit miffed at this so rang AA when got home (as car under dealers 3 yr+ warranty). Excellent service from Fiat/Alfa helpline at AA. AA arrived and diagnosed fault as "sticking linkage on dual port inlet manifold (guy seemed to know what he was on about). Could'nt fix so car went in that night to local delear (2 miles away) and AA guy drove me to pick up (Ford C Max.................) hire car. Anyway, on Tuesday (car was at dealers since Friday night) dealer rang to say inspected car and that I should get in touch with ARUK as car out of warranty and needed new inlet manifold at a cost of £900. Reminded him of 3yr+ warranty and he said would check. Within 5 mins rang me back to say all cost covered and car would be ready next day. And it was.
Main things I wanted to mention were:
1) Is inlet manifold replacement on a 159 1.9D 06 plate / 35k mile common??
2) Local dealer, Piccadilly Knaresborough customer service is excellent!! Plus, they had an 8C in there showroom.....sharing floorspace with a Panda
3) Alfa dealer-provided warranty is excellent.
4) Alfa customer service in Italy follow-up makes you feel valued.