159 Autobox Issue
This is my first post so I hope I'm in the right area etc...
Our 159 Sportwagon (2008; 103k miles; 1.9jtdm) last year developed a strange habit, that despite not being too intrusive is still something that could do with being fixed.
After taking to the local Alfa specialist and obtaining a fault code from the ECU, there was still no progress and emailing Honest John from the Telegraph resulted in the surprising response that the mileage achieved was already good going for this engine!
In a nutshell: The car won't come out of 1st gear for around 30 seconds. If this is whilst on the move then the revs build and maintain until it decides to shift up.
Also, at the exact same time the car decided not to release the key from the ignition so I have to use a pokey stick in order to do so.
My next intention is to take the car to a transmission specialist but I thought I'd put the feelers out here first.