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Hi there, I bought a alfa 156 last week and took it out on sat eve but it nearly killed me:eek: i was driving along the A55 going a ickle bit fast:rolleyes: and the next thing the bonnet flew open and smashed my windscreen! the mirror wacked me in the head, i had to carry on driving as there was a lorry behind me and a car overtaking, if i would ave panicked and slamed on my breaks i dont think i would have been writing this now:( the damage was so bad the roof has been dented, and to top it all off i only had 3rd party insurance as i am an advanced driver so silly me thinking i wont need fully comp! typical blonde moment there, what am i gonna do? it had a service and a mot the week before, i heard that the renault is prone to this but is alfa? anyone else had similar probbs?
 

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Hello Fluffysqueek. Sorry to hear of your mishap!! As far as i am aware it's not a common problem. First time i heard of this on an alfa was a couple of weeks ago when Andyroo75 had same experience in his GTV. He also got a nice Wack from the mirror!!
 

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I got a letter through from Alfa with regards to this, the basically recalled my 156 to have the clip changed/checked at my next service, for free...
i asumed that they sent them out to everyone...?

i got the letter about 1year and a bit ago...
 

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The catch needs cleaned and lubricated at each service, but only to make it easier to close, as if it gets really mucky it doesnt always catch properly.

The unfortunate fact here is that your bonnet will not have been correctly closed - i.e dropped from 20cm then checked to see if it will lift.

Hope you can get over it.
 

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Sorry to hear that - but CJ romeo is right - you need to go back to the garage that did the service/MOT because they should have checked the working of the catch and also made sure the bonnet was closed properly - they didn't.

Important thing is that you're okay.
 

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Yes F.S. along with the rest, sympathy extended to you and your Alfa!! Rear hinged bonnets have long suffered this problem, fortunately not too frequently. Was it that famous racing driver way back who experienced the same when in his private car? Anyone know who I mean? So the story went anyway, regards Z.F.
 

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Surely you must have some comeback on the garage which sold the car to you? If you've driven it away and 30 minutes later this has happened, it's surely their fault?
Hopefully the fact that you only have 3rd party wonn't matter in that case. (Although only getting 3rd party because 'you're an advanced driver' seems like asking for trouble to me - the only reason to consider 3rd party is if the car is worth so little there's no point in comprehensive. You still need your comprehensive if some uninsured numpty drives into you then scarpers.)
 

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Awkward one this Bazza. Drivers not expected to know how epicyclic gear trains work, but should know rudimentary vehicle checks.However,I agree if recently worked on by garage, owness on them? I mistrust most, until they have proven themselves otherwise!!
 

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Sorry to hear about that, glad you are Ok though.

No help to you now but I got a letter from Alfa last summer telling me to come in for a free check of bonnet catch. I did not bother as I usually check this stuff myself and my indie specialist always greases up all the catches and hinges.

Did you buy from a garage? Who last shut the bonnet? Check with Alfa to see if car was returned to dealer for recall check - If not then you may have some comeback on the seller for selling a potentialy dangerous vehicle!
 

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zulu ferret said:
Awkward one this Bazza. Drivers not expected to know how epicyclic gear trains work, but should know rudimentary vehicle checks.However,I agree if recently worked on by garage, owness on them? I mistrust most, until they have proven themselves otherwise!!
I know what you mean, but if this is on the drive away from the garage, then you're surely not expected to have checked everything on the car before driving away? In the same way that, having had your tyres changed, if your wheel then falls off, it's surely not your fault for not double checking the fitters work?
 

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I really sympathise with you.

BUT

Be prepared for the garage to argue that you must have opened the bonnet and not closed it properly. If you only had the car for 1/2 hour they would have a weak argument. If you had only driven for 1/2 hour after getting it home and letting it sit on your drive for a few hours before going out you will have problem.

Sorry to sound so negative (realistic?)but I really wish you luck.

Paul.
 

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Surely you must have some comeback on the garage which sold the car to you? If you've driven it away and 30 minutes later this has happened, it's surely their fault?
I agree with Bazza. If you bought it from a garage then they are responsible and should do the repairs or give you a refund, However if you bought it privately your hands are pretty much tied.

I know its been a highlighted safety issue by Alfa UK for various models, but IMHO for any garage to sell any make/model of car and for this to happen on one of its first outings is totally unforgivable. I'd have a word with the garage and if they dont hold their hands up to it, get in touch with trading standards your solicitor and possibly the local papers.
 

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For anybody else. Get some white grese from halfords and spray this on the catch. Its what they would use on the service.

Im sory to hear about this.
 

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zulu ferret said:
Awkward one this Bazza. Drivers not expected to know how epicyclic gear trains work, but should know rudimentary vehicle checks.However,I agree if recently worked on by garage, owness on them? I mistrust most, until they have proven themselves otherwise!!
I have to say i totally agree with that statment. Having worked as a technician myself im naturally very distrusting, more so knowing some of the antics some misguided individuals get upto!

Though i feel for you Bazza, i would be speaking to the garage. They should have checked it and it should have shown up in any pre delivery inspections as they would have had to had checked the levels, serviced it etc etc.
 
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Go straight back to the garage and get them to repair the car. If not then trading standards is your next stop, and accuse them of shoddy and dangerous workmanship.

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A hard one, 30mins of having a car and this happens is in your favour, but again you are suppose to check the car?, but if it looks shut and it has a catch to secure the hoot, its checked? So as far as your concerned you were buying a new car, before you set off you gave it a good look over to just make sure etc etc...........if you did actually do that, CCTV?...............maybe

Fault with the car means its the garage's fault to me, does it come with warrenty or anything?

It might be worth a call to seek legal advise, im sure they would provide this infomation for free, if not seek elsewere for legal advise. If its a strong case you could win!

Its nothing to do with alfa romeo, although i see your point in the fact they should tell people!, EVERYONE WHO READS THIS, OIL YOUR CATCH WITH THICK OIL! 10-40W works a treat!

It might not be a write off, although you will find it hard to sell the car with a dint in the top, in that case just keep and run it to the ground!
 
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