The turbo imploded (or exploded) and threw bits of metal into the engine. Unfortunatley, we were looking at moving at the time due to the job situation, so I Ebay'd it. I was gutted as I really liked that car. Anyhow the wife's car was on it's last legs so I bought the Alfa cheap. I don't do many miles now so it's nice to have a quick blast in the Alfa. I really like it. It has a couple of annoyances but it went flew though the MOT a couple of days ago so I can't grumble too much. oh yeah and we didn't have to move in the end - which was great.