DPF faults are very rare these days and I think the 1.9 is just as prone to egr problems as the 2.4. From recent reports egr faults seem to be fairly common to most modern diesels and not just AR's (pollution control technology still not reached its zenith in terms of reliability).Common faults are creaky windscreens (can mean a windscreen refit to solve) and some cars (more so the 2.4 JTDm) having DPF and EGR faults. Check the service history and ask to see if the previous owner has left in any service reports about these things or if the dealer knows the service/fault history of the car.
Thanks for all the advice - just so I know - how much does the egr thing cost to replace if it went wrong out of warranty?Anyway, as long as you have a good warranty to pay for any egr problems you should be OK. The car will not leave you stranded if the egr goes wrong, it just loses power.
Alternatively, you can pay a charge at your local Alfa Dealer and get it transferred that way (saves you waiting) - Thats how I did mine.Hi, bought 2.4 Lusso 3 weeks ago. Did all the homework. Obviously a full SH is vital. Try and buy one still under Alfa warranty (mine expires 25/05/09) and make sure you get the warranty transferred into your name (there should be a voucher in the service book to fill in and send it away with £25 cheque) I did this and took my car into Alfa main dealer this morning for a couple of things including the EGR valve which was diagnosed as u/s. They checked with Alfa to make sure I was named as the owner/warranty and it was all put right under the warranty! !