I'd just like to introduce myself as a first time Alfa owner - a 159 2.4 JTD manual. After a long look into 'the usual suspects' and some more mainstream options, I fell for the 159 for a number of reasons - it's an achingly beautiful design, it's comfortable, very well equipped, handles sharply, has a sweet gearbox, was keenly priced and has a really good feel about it. The 2.4 JTD is supremely torquey, and promises good fuel economy. It ticked the head box as well as the heart one.
However, having taken delivery of the car not more than an hour and a half earlier (with 5km on the clock), I got the (what I now understand is "the dreaded") 'Check Engine' warning message and light just as it was clicking over to 18.1km. I remember thinking, "we're not off to a good start!".
With the car in limp mode, I phoned the dealer to say I was on my way back to return it and that the car had no power. Driving in limp mode was an awkward experience, but I reached the dealer without further incident, and handed back the car.
The dealer was very good about it and, to his credit, provided me with a 159 2.2 JTS manual while mine's being looked at. It's a disappointing new car experience, but I'm trying to remain philosophical. I hope that all will be sorted next week, and that my confidence will be restored, because there's a lot I really like about the car.
In the meantime, hello! What a great resource this forum is - it's reassuring to know there's such an Alfa community like this one.
I'll let you know how things go!