I have my Alfa 159, benzine 1.9 for almost three years now, 45,000 km on it.
I have only been filling benzine and oil and drove for technical checks every 10-15,000 kms.
In its second year, the car had the following problem:
On start, if I did not let it get warm for at least a minute, it would go off. I brought it to the Alfa Service in Sofia as it was in guarantee, they told me: "We checked it, nothing wrong, benzine is bad. Change it".
I changed all possible brands, nothing changed.
Now, a month ago (after the car is beyond its guarantee) I got a message "Have engine checked" on the main board
I brought it to arguably the best Alfa Specialist in Bulgaria who inspected it a lot and stated that the motor chain has become too loose and it needs to be replaced. Cost 1,000 euro.
He told me that there was a production error in this motor (also used by Opel).
Has any one heard something similar? Is there may be another cause of the problem? Do I have a chance to request from Alfa Romeo to repair for free if it indeed turns out to be a production error with the motor?