Re: Alfa 159 tale of woe!!!
Time for an update on the story. It looks like ARUK are finally taking the hint after I've got the press involved, however the plot has thickened in relation to the car itself.
After picking the car up after the engine had been rebuilt following the water pump/cam belt problem, I only managed to get a week out of it before it there was an intense smell of fuel from under the bonnet followed by smoke pouring out from under the hood. This was 2 weeks ago and the car was once again returned to Mangolestsi... It turned out that the diesel injecctors had failed (AGAIN!!!!) and were spraying fuel all over the show.
OK, they then had the car for 4 days and fitted a new injector system (bear in mind this is the second time the injection system has been replaced)... I picked the car up again last week and jokingly said to Paul (the service manager and a great guy!!!) that I would see him again soon....
I managed two miles before the engine failed again. I managed to turn round and got back to Mangos in limp mode.
The car has now been there for a further week while the problem has been investigated. It appears that there is a known problem (?!) witht the manifold flaps and these have failed... The engine is in pieces at Mangos and parts are on order - it appears that they are made of that new alloy called unobtanium and I have no idea when I'll get the car back!!!!
So, all in all after 35,000 miles, the car has been back to the dealership on no less than 15 occasions - do you think I can now start to lose patience???
Anyway, I've now been contacted by Zena Jones who has replied to a rather snotty email I have sent to Chris Nicoll and I am hoping that I will get some sort of closure today....
You guys will be the first to know!