The Sportwagon had to have a new alternator fitted last week. We got a genuine one from one of our indy Alfa parts shops for $690. The other shop had a Marelli one for the same price but it required modification to fit. It stranded my wife at school and it was a saga getting it towed. The patrolman pushed the car into the middle of the car park and left the key in the slot and the gearshift in park, only for the tow truck driver to say there was nowhere to hook his cable and drive off. It was then impossible to move the gearshift and get the key out, so another patrol was called, who managed to jump the totally flat battery enough to get the car into neutral and move it to a lock up area where it stayed for the weekend. Then on Monday my wife had to get a patrol and a tow truck to turn up at the same time to jump the battery and move the car, then tow it. That driver had no problem at all hooking his cable to the tow hook at the back and pulling the car onto the truck backwards, just like the guy did two weeks earlier when a coolant leak stranded the car.
Anyway, the engine turns over a lot faster now when you start it. The old alternator had overheated to the extent that the label with the part number on it was unreadable. It is a Denso unit, which is interesting. It is a problem with so much relying on the battery in modern cars.
2004 GT 3.2 V6, Grigio Stromboli
2008 159 ti 2.4 JTDM Sportwagon, Grigio Stromboli
1989 75 3 litre V6, black
1988 75 3 litre, red, (son's car now)
2000 156 TS 2 litre, Cosmos Blue, (daughter's car)