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Technical => 939 Series (159, Brera and Brera Spider) => Topic started by: bzxhms on August 02, 2009, 08:37:39 PM

Title: 08 159 2.2L 6 spd Selespeed
Post by: bzxhms on August 02, 2009, 08:37:39 PM
hi all, looking at purchasing soon but not sure about the selespeed. Is there anything I need to watch out for? Has any one had any problem with the selespeed transmission? I am hoping the new selespeed is more reliable than the old??? Thanks :-\ :-\ :-\
Title: Re: 08 159 2.2L 6 spd Selespeed
Post by: alfagtv100 (Biggus) on August 03, 2009, 09:00:29 AM
Hi bzxhms,

The horror stories relating to the first generation of Selespeed transmissions are well documented in this and other forums.  The reputation for unreliability has actually resulted in Selespeed not being available as an option in the UK.
Having said that, the current generation of Selespeed do not appear to be creating the same level of owner anxiety and forum activity.

You may want to think about a test drive of the auto.  Itís not bad in sequential mode.

Cheers,

Marco
Title: Re: 08 159 2.2L 6 spd Selespeed
Post by: NigelC on August 04, 2009, 01:45:53 PM
 ... and the manual version of the 2.2 is fantastic.  Would not swap mine for the world and I've had it nearly three years (it was one of the first into Australia).
Title: Re: 08 159 2.2L 6 spd Selespeed
Post by: 101phil on August 04, 2009, 02:23:25 PM
... and the manual version of the 2.2 is fantastic.  Would not swap mine for the world and I've had it nearly three years (it was one of the first into Australia).

I have to admit Im having a lot of fun in mine too. Coming from an Auto XR6 to the 2.2 6speed.. The Alfa does it much better...

Can't comment on the selespeed, as I only had the manual in mind..
Title: Re: 08 159 2.2L 6 spd Selespeed
Post by: bzxhms on August 04, 2009, 09:34:10 PM
Thanks for the replies, but I'm still undecided????? I have managed to get the seller down to 31500. Is this a fair price for this model??
Title: Re: 08 159 2.2L 6 spd Selespeed
Post by: alfalove on August 17, 2009, 01:04:15 AM
bzxhms that sounds like a good deal. how many kms and what colour? is it a selespeed?
Title: Re: 08 159 2.2L 6 spd Selespeed
Post by: bzxhms on August 19, 2009, 07:56:31 PM
It is a selespeed but I am looking at another one. It's the 2.4L deisel auto. Is this a better option?
Title: Re: 08 159 2.2L 6 spd Selespeed
Post by: alfalove on August 20, 2009, 03:34:50 PM
the 2.4 is a sensational option and definetly far better for resale, if you are comparing it to a 1.9 2.2 than definetly go for a 2.4
Title: Re: 08 159 2.2L 6 spd Selespeed
Post by: shiny_car on August 21, 2009, 02:58:48 AM
i too have heard anecdotal opinions that the 2.4 auto is the best allround version, for performance and economy. whilst i've not driven one, let alone any diesel, i think a manual diesel would frustrate me because they don't rev very high (though it's probably something to become used to); so the auto would take care of that issue by changing gears accordingly.

what year is the 2.4? the only criticisms i've read about the autos are about the pre-update versions which don't change/hold gears like you might want. 2008+ models have newer firmware for better shift patterns (plus other changes).

my wife insisted on an AWD car, so it had to be a 3.2 V6 for us. *shux* ;)

:)
Title: Re: 08 159 2.2L 6 spd Selespeed
Post by: alfagtv100 (Biggus) on August 24, 2009, 08:33:40 AM
the only criticisms i've read about the autos are about the pre-update versions which don't change/hold gears like you might want. 2008+ models have newer firmware for better shift patterns (plus other changes).

This true.  However, the good news is that a dealer can update the software to current spec.
Cheers,
Marco.