Embarrassing rattle from engine: CURED!
I had the exhaust manifold heat shield replaced two days ago, because the rattling became unbearable and quited embarrassing.....The new ones seems much much better in terms of build quality and materials, although time will tell. FYI, it cost 31pounds (inc VAT) from the Alfaworkshop (although EBSpares gave me a similar quote)
However, the rattle came back today, although not as bad. I got the car up with a friend (bless him!) and we discovered that the rattling was caused from the exhaust flex pipe.
THE CURE: We used a metal hose clamp on the flex pipe, and the rattle has gone! completely! I dont know how long it is going to last, but I dont mind doing it again!
Hope this helps!