2006 Brera 2.2 Steering rack failure and timing chain
Having brought my first alfa just over a month ago I took it to an indi garage to get it checked after the engine management light came on after a few days and the steering wheel making a grinding sound when turning it at low speed. The Brera came with a 3 month gold Dealer care extended guarantee so I thought I should have no problems if anything was to arise in that period of time.
Unfortunately I have had the diagnosis on the car, the engine management light gave the code reading p0016 Phase Synchro and the indi garage have confirmed this as a stretched timing chain.
they also took a look at my steering rack and have discovered that its quite corroded and have told me that the vehicle is unsafe to drive as the rack could go at anytime, I brought the vehicle with 38,000 miles on the clock and have since done another 2000 and really don't think that a steering rack should fail on a vehicle so quickly, also the car has the 'dreaded' red power steering fluid in it, even though it has been serviced 3 times already (should this fluid be replaced with GI/R when the steering rack is replaced and does the steering fluid resevoir need replacing too?)
My warranty company have initially said that they will payout for the timing chain but not for the steering rack as they don't cover defects caused by corrosion.
Can anybody advise me on how I can/if I can recoup the cost I'll have to pay for the rack as I really don't feel that the garage that sold me the car have checked the vehicle properly before selling it to me, the salesman gave me some spiel about the engine management lights coming on and off on alfas all the time and not to worry about it (I know, I should have heard alarm bells ringing at this point but being the man I am I'd already been seduced by the Brera's good looks)
I'm just unsure who to take this up with at the moment, Alfa for the clearly defective steering rack design or the Garage I brought the car from for being weaselly charlatans, would something like this be covered under the sale of goods act?
Any advice would be appreciated as I'm looking at over 1.5k worth of work in my first 2 months of ownership (albeit minus the cost of the timing chain replacement providing the warranty company don't try to weasel out of paying out) and I'm genuinely considering cutting my losses now and selling the car even though shes gorgeous.