I can confirm that, having spoken to my local dealer (which happens to be the largest chain of Alfa Romeo dealers in the UK), the official position is that there is NO RECALL on the reservoir/fluid problem. However, what the local dealer recommends to customers is that they change the reservoir/fluid at the owners expense. Unofficially, the dealers have been made aware of the problem (internal notice and ARUK training seminars) but again there is no OFFICIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT of the problem and no official recall.
To recap, the two main problems are:
1) On the earlier cars the wrong red fluid (GI/E) was put in at the factory.
2) There is a problem with the non-return valve within the reservoir. Alfa Romeo have solved this problem with a revised reservoir.
At the very least, if you have the red fluid, get the fluid and the reservoir changed at the same time. It will be much cheaper to do this than a new steering rack.
Last edited by Spider95; 05-01-13 at 17:35.