I won't identify my source of this information other than to say that they are reputable and reliable, and it involves an email from Alfa's Tech department to the dealer network............... but you'll probably have a good idea when I say that I was purchasing a couple of bottles of Selenia engine oil at the time.
2 bottles of the golden liquid were placed on the counter and I happened to mention that it was 1 each (as a top-up spare) for our Giulietta MultiAir and 159 1750TBi. A frown immediately appeared the face of the person serving me and they proceeded to search through an email list on their VDU, followed by a telephone call to another location.
They then announced that they were checking that it was OK to give me this oil for the 159 as there had been a recent email telling them that, with immediate effect, they had to stop using Selenia STAR in the 1750 engine but it's still OK for the 1.4MA,
. There is a replacement spec' oil which must now be used but they didn't yet have it in stock so he couldn't enlighten me as to what the difference is,
. They have however promised to let me know as soon as they've had a chance to do some further 'digging',
. Meantime, on the basis that that's what is already in the 1750's sump following its last service, I was 'permitted' to purchase both bottles of STAR.
They obviously had to be careful in what they were divulging to me and I didn't want to get them into any sort of grief but I did quiz a little,
Q. So is this current oil causing any problems with the 1750?
Q. So are we talking about things like turbo failures? (having just suffered one myself 10 days after the warranty expired,
Watch this space for any further developments.