Hey guys, what a day that was!
Here's the story:
I took the GTV out for a good whack and was having a jolly old time when suddenly the engine spluttered and died. I managed to pull of to the side of the road safely, pretending to be taking a call on my phone
My wife was busy at a school event, and would only be finished at 1pm so I decided to take a quick stroll to a nearby mall to get something to eat. As I approached the mall, I saw an Alfa Romeo sign at a nearby filling station. It was an independant dealer, who'd just come in to complete some invoicing. Unfortunately he couldn;t help as he'd come in on his moped and had no tow truck of his own. But he's charging by far the best prices that I've heard of and was a very keen listener when i went through the details of what had happened. He offered to assist if i could get the car to his shop, which i knew was not going to happen so I reluctantly went to the mall, had some lunch and then returned to the car.
A few minutes later, a red 159 Q4 stops in front of me and a young guy gets out, asks if I'm in trouble because he could help. Okay, i agree, have a look at what you can find. I suspect the MAF but can'tget my hands in. I need a screw driver to loosen the plastic shroud on the left of the engine bay to get to the MAF.
Then he amazes me, says "lets hook up my laptop and see what the fault is"... Out comes his laptop complete with diagnostic software, but unfortunately his battery is too weak. "I live up the road, I'll just get some juice in the battery and return in a short while!" Off he goes, I'm back at the car. By this time I'm a bit more relaxed and not frantic anymore. I forget about tackling the maf, turn the radio on and listen to music for about 30 mins when he returns.
the latop fires up, he plugs it in and it gives the MAF code. He clears the code, and straight away she fires up. He tells me it could be intermittant but the maf is on it's way out, I should get it replaced. i ask him what I owe him, and insist on paying. I mean, just for the co-incidence that he had Alfa Diag with him!
so I give him a couple of bucks and drive off home and purchase a can of carb cleaner on the way home. I spray some carb cleaner onto the maf to clean it. The car starts, I take a short drive and she splutters and stops again. This time I was smart and had a screw driver with me. I remove the plastic cover and unplug the maf. I'm still driving her that way, I'll have to drive that way untill the end of the month when I can afford the new maf...
It turns out this young gentleman who assisted me is also an Alfisti, has his red Q4, a silver 147 and is in the process of building a 3.2L 147 as well. He works on Alfa Romeos as well.
The independant dealer has thus far quoted me the best price for a replacement MAF. I'll be back to pay him a visit at the end of the month to collect it
I spent around 2 hours on the side of the road, but made two very excellent contacts. To me, that's time well spent