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I July 2015 I bought a 2010 1.4 mito with 4200miles. In March 2016 I lost acceleration, it started to smoke and then wouldn't tick over.

I have been quoted £11000, due to the uni air module breaking internally which has spread metal all over the engine. The only way to repair my vehicle is a full engine rebuild.

Luckily warranty is covering £7500 ( the purchase value).

My insurance comany won't touch it as they do not deem the fault to be technical failure; they reckon it's wear and tear, which is what ***** have advised them.

I purchased the car through work with a clause that states as long as the loan is in place the car must be in my name. If I scrap it they will want the full remaining balance at once. I dot have £5k and then won't have the means to purchase another vehicle if I get a loan to end my current plan.

This is a warning for you all - trust the bad ***** reviews as they are not reliable at all. This much damage should not occur in such a young car with low mileage surely.

This may seem bitter and synical, but a part of me also feels as though I was conned as the car was way cheaper than other vehicles I was looking at which came with less extras. My car has bluetooth, satnav, start stop and cruise control.

Does anyone have any adivce for how i can move forward without getting a £4000 loan to cover cost of repairs.

Is anyone aware of any garages in the south who could offer me a lower quote. Any breakers with a full engine. Any adivce would be helpful as I sick with stress as I feel stuck.

Having my vehicle is imperative as I work in child protection so I must be able to respond to emergencies, so waiting for a bus is not an option.

Thanks in advance xx
 

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The first thing is to say that it's great the warranty company are willing to cough up that much - warranty companies have a crap reputation.

What model is it exactly? Is it the 135 multi-air turbo? Or the non-turbo multi-air (which I think is 105bhp - although I'm not sure that was available in 2010)? Or even better have they told you the engine code for the engine you need.

There will be engines out there - if you search on ebay you can find some, for example. This seller claims this 135 bhp multi-air turbo has only got 10 miles on it (and they offer a fitting service):

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ALFA-MITO...891660?hash=item1c48687d4c:g:6vEAAOSwR0JUUTo6

There's a 1.4 multiair engine (non turbo perhaps?) from a 2011 car here (doesn't say mileage though, and I don't have the technical expertise to know if it would be fine in your model):

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2011-ALFA...342416?hash=item5d5eda9750:g:FvMAAOSwhcJWPKoy

Whereabouts in the south? Autolusso Bournemouth often seem to get recommendations, so maybe try giving them a call as well to explore options (hopefully they or other Alfa experts would know the differences between the various engines and whether some engines are similar enough that you can get a used one that's not quite the right model, and swap over the parts that differ if you can't find a breaker with exactly the right one). Was it an Alfa main dealer which quoted the 11000 for the rebuild or an independent?

Although I assume the warranty company's usual policy is that what they pay out must go on repairs (generally they want the invoice for the repair before they'll pay out), have you explored with them if they have any flexibility (having seen that quote) for them to contribute that cap to a replacement second hand Mito?

Do you have any sort of legal advice cover with any of your house insurance policies (e.g. house insurance, car insurance) who might be able to offer you more advice? If not maybe it's worth paying a little out for e.g. Which? Legal to see if they can see if you have any other options to seek redress: Which? Consumer Rights Advice Line

Final thing that springs to mind is I dunno if it's worth hassling Alfa Romeo to see if they can offer any goodwill assistance due to a catastrophic failure at such low mileage.
 

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I have seen and heard of many multi-air units failing but never have I heard of an engine having to be completely replaced or rebuilt because of this problem. Very strange.
 

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Quete: "I have been quoted £11000, due to the uni air module breaking internally which has spread metal all over the engine. The only way to repair my vehicle is a full engine rebuild."
Was is a reputed Alfa dealer or specialist who said that? Maybe someone in here have had similar problem who can shed light on whether an engine rebuild was necessary.
4200 miles are very few for 5 years driving. If your car hasn't been serviced due to the first owner didn't realize it needs a service every year no matter how few miles it had done.
 

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Thanks for the help guys. I'm in Hampshire so the Bournemouth garage is perfect option.

I have a 1.4 multi air veloce.

The quote was from a main dealership, so they are charging £150 an hour. They even had to get ***** specialists in to look at my vehicle and they all decided rebuild was the only option.

I've already enquired about exchanging the vehicle, but they are rigid about only paying for repairs.

I am currently going through ***** complaints and I'm going to push for extra help to cover the costs.
 

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It's "Alfa", not "Al.pha". It is an acronym and stands for "Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili". No "P" or "H" in there.

And what is "Uni-air"? The technology is called "Multiair".

I don't know how a Multiair failure (which is, indeed, a known problem with this engine) could lead to "metal being spread over the whole engine".

I think someone's taking you for a ride...
 

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I July 2015 I bought a 2010 1.4 mito with 4200miles. In March 2016 I lost acceleration, it started to smoke and then wouldn't tick over.

This is a warning for you all - trust the bad ***** reviews as they are not reliable at all. This much damage should not occur in such a young car with low mileage surely.

A 5 year old car with only 4200 miles - my question would be: "Was it properly serviced during that time?"
Only 4200 miles in 5 years could mean that the previous owner may never have had it serviced.

Any car will have catastrophic engine failure if it's not serviced regularly.
 

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I don't know how a Multiair failure (which is, indeed, a known problem with this engine) could lead to "metal being spread over the whole engine".
I'm pretty sure the Multiair failures I've seen mentioned on this forum don't lead to other bits being catastrophically damaged. However oil circulates inside the Multiair unit, so internal breakage could theoretically lead to bits circulating?

And generally the behaviour of failures sounds like it's failing safe so there's no valve/piston collision - but I wondered if it was at all possible for it to fail such that you do get piston/valve collision. I found this report of someone with a Fiat 500 where the multiair failure lead to bent valves...

Fiat 500 Forum USA Canada - Fiattech.com - - Topic: Anyone ever replaced a cylinder head on our cars??? (1/1)

... so that's one route to getting more damage I guess (assuming what that Fiat owner was told is true)?
 

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The quote was from a main dealership, so they are charging £150 an hour. They even had to get ***** specialists in to look at my vehicle and they all decided rebuild was the only option.

I've already enquired about exchanging the vehicle, but they are rigid about only paying for repairs.

I am currently going through ***** complaints and I'm going to push for extra help to cover the costs.
You've probably found AutoLusso Bournemouth's website - but anyway it's here.
Autolusso Bournemouth. Alfa Romeo Servicing 01202 861699

Not sure on their rates, but independent specialists are generally more in the ballpark of £70 an hour (or less)!

Have they given you more details on the failure and what was damaged (i.e. was it a valve/piston impact, or bits from the multiair unit circulating around in the oil system)?

I had a leaf through the big multiair failure thread here before I bought my Mito last year and I don't recall reading any incidents of a multiair failure causing quite that much damage, so it does sound like you've been exceptionally unlucky with the way it's failed.
 

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Your dealer is taking you for a ride. And their labour rate is laugable. Go elsewhere please or you will be ripped off majorly. Even if the engine was scrap, a replacement should only cost around £4k from a dealer and would be less than £1k to install.

To my knowlege it is impossible for a MA unit to fail so badly it will damage the engine. Yes the threads on pistons can fail but are "contained" untill the unit is disasembled and even if they find there way into the engine they will be going straight into the sump and then the oil filter. The actuators can fall apart as you disasemble the engine but unless you leave the parts in place, re-assemble the engine and restart, they can't do any harm.

There are no moving parts "Internal" to the unit to brake either. The big alloy casting is nothing but 4 oil resevoirs.

Has it really done 4200 miles or is it really 42000 miles? Either the dealer is lying or it has done 42k and never been serviced untill you bought it or there is a reason it has only done 4.2k and you have just found it.
 

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You could contact Alfa UK service department and ask what have to be replaced at a repair of a failed MultiAir unit.
As Ransoman whites, particles will be locked in the oil filter and bigger flakes will stay in the cylinder head.
 
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