I've had my 159 2.2 JTS SW for 3 months now. In the first week of ownership I was not enjoying it (see thread link below).
I had the usual pick-up problem, but now i have grown used to it.
However, the gearbox is still a great iritation, and causing me not to enjoy the car (like I did my previous 156 2.0TS SW). It's just incredibly notchy! I've never owned a car with such an issue previously.
I drive a large number of rental cars with my job of various makes (Vauxhall, Ford, Scoda, Seat, Citroen, Toyota etc.....) and none of them ever exhibited notchy gear changes. All of them have nice gearboxes; where changing gear is something you do subconsciously i.e. it's not something you have to think too much about. With my 159 I have to think prior to moving the gear-lever.
This past week for example I been away on business in a Vauxhall Insignia and the gearbox was great. It's always a horrible moment when I step out of a rental like that, get in my 159 and then experience the gearbox.
The Alfa dealer from which I bought my car says it's normal!!!!!Actually he also saw nothing wrong with the gearbox of a MITO which I loaned for a day....and that was even worse.
I'd be grateful to know if anyone else has experienced such problems, and more importantly if it was resolved, how?
I was wondering whether it was a clutch issue?
Or, could it be slackness or other issue of the remote linkage from the gear lever to the box?
I have 1 month remaining of the original ALFA Warrantee (but I bought an extra 2 years with the car)
I'm crossing my fingers that someone out there has resolved a similar gearbox issue.