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All, I am having problems with my windows and boot and haven't managed to find the solution. I have tried proxy alignment and replacement window switches with no luck.

So, I decided to take it into Kirkhill Autos assuming their auto electrician would be able to get to the bottom of it. Wrong...they couldn't find the problem and told me I would have to take it to Alfa.

I have been gathering my spare cash to book it into Western Perth but have just read they are to close at the end of the month! AGH! Without having to travel to Western Edinburgh, is there anywhere closer I should try?

I use CP in Dundee for servicing who are spot on but they didn't seem to be too hot on electical issues either and told me to take it to an electrician when I had intermittent problems about a year ago.

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Why not call Stewart at McLennans in Edinburgh, have a chat and see if he has an idea of the issue before committing to all that travelling.

Most auto electricians wont have a clue as they wont have the right diagnostic kit for Alfa Romeo.

Its obviously a body computer issue of some description, whether a unit or just corrosion on connectors.

Changing the drivers door control panel was the obvious place to start, though I would also use plenty of contact cleaner on the plug/ socket in the door jamb as well.
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I had totally forgotten I had started this thread!

Finally picked the car up yesterday after it being down at McLennans for an entire month! Turned out a water leak into the cabin had caused the body computer to corrode pretty badly. They tried soldering on new connectors etc but it was too badly damaged to get it back fully working. Unfortunately a new body computer was required which seemed to be a tricky thing for Alfa to deal with. It got shipped from Italy as there were none in stock here and managed to get lost a couple of times on the way which meant it took around 2 weeks to arrive.

Anyway, the water leak was eventually found (apparently coming through a gap in chassis leg (I think)) and sealed up and the new body computer fitted.

Whilst it was there it had a bit of a suspension overhaul front and back. New front upper wishbones, roll bar and lower arm and both rear shocks replaced. After seeing the rear shocks which were removed I don't know how one of them in particular hadn't collapsed. The disc in which the spring sits was severely rusted and just hanging on by a couple of strands of remaining metal. Pretty lucky I think.

Anyway, big relief it is all fixed (not tested it in the rain/with a hose) and I can enjoy the car again. What a novelty being able to open the windows and boot!

If only we had a decent specialist in Aberdeen.
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