147 JTDM clutch failure 60,000 miles
I must say I do love my 55 plate 147 JTDM Lusso. A fun and involving drive and not as boring to drive as other modern cars. This does come at a price though it seems -
I have had the top wishbone arms replaced a few months ago to stop the horrendous creaking that was coming from under the bonnet. This was done at 55,000 miles, a job well done by H R Owen in London. Great my car stopped sounding like an old pram when traversing my local speed bump jungle.
Also this car ruins tyres! The wear rate is quite ridiculous. The inside walls of the tyres wear on the front heavily, due to the cars setup. It has not been modified and is setup to factory standards, but still goes through tyres quicker than any other car I have owned.
Now just today I was driving and tried to change gear, it went into neutral and then would not go back into gear. I have had this intermittent notchy/sticky issue at the bottom of the pedal for about 20,000 miles. Now the broken clutch seems to bite only slightly at the bottom of the pedal, but not enough to shift properly. Looks like a new clutch slave/master cylinder. Well I hope it is that, I will not be happy if I have to buy a new clutch. Mind you a colleague of mine had a new clutch on his Audi A4 diesel at similar mileage. Hate it when your smug mates say “I told you not to buy an Alfa”. Modern cars are all as bad as each other; they just don’t make them to last anymore.