This could be my first and last post, depending on the response I get...
For the first time, I've got the opportunity to choose my own company car, and the 159 2.4JTDM Lusso just sneaks in under budget
I tried the demo car at my local dealer a few weks ago - I live in Dundee if you need any hints as to where my local dealer might be. They only gave me 20 min but it was enough to get me hooked! It's an '06 2.4JTDM with 9450mls and looks fantasic in Rubino! Incidently, they're trying to sell it and the ticket price is 17,991.
Last week I went back for a longer test and talk numbers. But just 30 min into the drive the engine warning light appeared and it went into 'limp home' mode, struggling to get over 2000rpm. The dealer insisted there was nothing to worry about and it just needed a new battery (!) because the EMU wasn't getting enough power and becoming 'confused'...
We pulled over and after restarting (battery OK then!) all seemed fine for a couple of miles (engine light still on though) until the same thing happened. I pushed him further as it felt like the turbo had given up, or it was firing on alternate cylinders. His response was non-commital but he said the mechanics knew what the problem was.
I asked again and he came up with the following probable cause: because demo cars only make short journeys the lambda sensor gets covered in diesel fumes so can't determine the correct O2 levels in the exhaust, hence why the turbo cuts out to save the engine from pulling in the wrong mixture. Oh, and the near-side rear brake was squeeling - he said this was a common problem and it would go away.
So, are all 159s lemons, or just the demo cars? And do all the dealers make up stories to sell cars, or just the ex-Saab delaers who think they can make a few extra quid by selling Alfas on the side?
Please... somebody out there convince me that I had some bad luck that day as I really want one!