Been lurking here since my purchase of a 98 GTV V6 2 years ago, purchased after my 33 was written off.
Although expensive, I loved my GTV. Anyway, I'm in Amsterdam for work and my partner back home had a flat battery after the car was left for over a month. So, it was sent to a mechanic to get battery charged. Once charged, they couldn't disable the immobiliser. So after a quick Skype I sent my partner back there with the keycode to disable. 'No problem' says mechanic, I've just bypassed it.
So without me being there to quiz wtf he did that without consulting the owner first, my partner just took the car and left.
Driving home that evening, smoke starts pouring from the bonnet, then flames shoot out up the windscreen as the car starts shuddering to a halt. Luckily she got out unscathed, even managed to snap a picture. Fire brigade took 15 mins to put it out. Whole front end is torched.
I've only seen pics but it must be a write off.
So being overseas its difficult, but I sent my Dad in to see the mechanic and get an explanation of exactly what he did. Dad didn't mention what happened, we're waiting to see what the insurance company says.
But this was the 'mechanic's' explanation, paraphrased: "...there are two groups of heavy black wires coming out of immobiliser and they go into the fuel pump line.
I disconnected the fuel wiring from the immobiliser by inserting a "loop plug", effetively bypassing the immobiliser" He drew a diagram, dad says showing the wires from the fuse box going into immobiliser and then out to the fuel pump. The loop plug appears to join the wires going into the immobiliser to the wires coming out....
So, hard for me to follow being on the other side of the world, but in my opinion this guy has done something incorrectly which has led to the fire. Trouble is, I'm not sure I could ever prove it. Absolutely no mechanical issues existed prior to this, engine had done just over 100,000 km and ran like a dream. Are engine fires in the V6 common? Could anyone shed some light on what might have happened?
Usually I would speak to my regular Alfa specialist mechanic and he'd get to the bottom of it, but I won't be home for another week or so and wouldn't mind some ideas from you guys to take back.
Devastated former GTV owner.