Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Sydney, Australia
Re: Alfa 159 bodywork rattle
I've now had my 159 2.4 JTDm for about 6 weeks. With about 160km on the clock, my car also developed a rattle. It was a tap-tap-tap sound (almost like, but I am not sure if it actually was, glass vibrating against metal) that would occur over smaller, high frquency bumps or when manoeuvring over uneven ground. It sounded as if it was coming from the passenger side deep inside the dash, and because the rest of the cabin is so quiet, it was really noticeable. For the first 5 weeks I just turned the stereo up!
So I booked my car in with the dealer for three days to give them a proper go at sourcing and fixing the problem. My car had about 5,000km on it by this stage. I was provided with a loan 159 2.4 auto free of charge (which incidentally was also built in the same month - October 06 - as my car and had the same problem!). The dealer identified the problem as the front windscreen not being properly bonded in, arranged to have it re-fitted and the car is now as tight as a drum and no more rattles!
I am extremely pleased with the attitude and the service of the dealer, and am just tickled pink with the car (another convert from Audi) even with its niggles. I hope to post a comprehensive review of my first 5,000km soon.