Most time and money wasted on fixing a fault on your Alfa
Now, all of us must have wasted time or money in misdiagnosing a fault in our cars (or having it misdiagnosed by a dealer). But who has wasted the most? I'll kick off with my entry.
For over 2 years the steering on my GT has been weirdly 'sticky', particularly when the engine is hot. I've had the car in for repair 5 times and in that time replaced 3 steering boxes, all the track rod ends, steering idler and various other components. The whole lot has probably cost me over £2k (I really dare not look at the bills) and I've not been able to properly enjoy the car for a couple of years. Last week it was finally diagnosed as ball joints, a £100 repair!
Moral of the story, use a decent specialist and always look at the cheapest solution first! I almost once replaced a gearbox, only to find the issue was a knocking exhaust, fixed for the price of an exhaust hanger.