I am a confirmed Alfista having had a trouble free company 164, a 145 Cloverleaf for 11 years (my wife's) which was also trouble free. I retired and bought a 159 2.4 JTDm Sportwagon Automatic which is wonderful to drive but has now broken down 4 times in 5000 miles!!!!!!!!!! The service agent, I think, is actually fixing symptoms and not the problem so I wonder if anyone out there can suggest anything. I also have Alfa at Slough involved but so far the car is still at the service shop.
At about 2000 miles the car went into "limp home" mode and Advantage Motors (Lincoln) said that the catalytic converter was plugged with soot and they had burned this off. The car was now OK. At 2800 miles the car again went to "limp home", this time the Particulate Filter had to be cleared. I pointed out that these faults should not occur on such a new car and since I was only managing 26 mpg average something was wrong. They agreed to take the car in again and test fuel consumption, a run down the Lincoln bypass produced 32 mpg which was deemed good by them, even though I don't think so. I have also had a hesitation under steady conditions driving through village streets at about 25 mph. On Tuesday, I went to Newark and threaded down a crowded street at about 25 mph when there was a jolt, akin I thought to running over a brick, and the warning light said "Hillholder not available, consult manual". I parked immediately then the car would not restart. The AA came and said that the electric hand brake was locked on, he managed to free that and towed it to Advantage Motors. Their conclusion was that the starter electrics were faulty and they were replaced this morning but the car is still not running properly. I am losing my faith in them. I originally thought that the engine management system was at fault but now I think I have a major gearbox issue. Perhaps I'm winding myself up on this but does anyone have any ideas?