Hi, Im new to this forum and don't have a great knowledge of alfa's so some advice would be greatly appreciated if someone can offer me some: I am currently looking at a ex demo dec '05 159 1.9jtdm turismo with 7,000 on the clock (£14,950) and i have placed a holding deposit on the car, but when i test drove it earlier there was a crunching noise from the manual gear box when changing from 2-3 and accelerating hard. The car is obviously still under warranty so i was assured the problem would be rectified before i arrange a pick up date. The garage rang me back later this afternoon to say that they are replacing the entire box which in a way is what i wanted to hear. This did lead me in to thinking that a car of such a young age and low mileage should not need major work needing done though. So i guess what i really need is some other (more educated) opinions on wether this is a common problem or if the gear box is notoriously fragile or if its a sign that i should stay away from this motor? If i go with my heart then i will have to buy it as the styling is truely stunning and for a small engine it has a decent amount of poke, my head tells me otherwise though! Any relevant info will be a massive help.....cheers!