Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Halesowen, West Mids
Re: Service costs.... Alfa's really so bad?
I have a 51 plate 2.0 TS Veloce that I have owned for 4 years. I find that the car does need to be looked after and the oil needs to be checked regularly. Mine uses about a litre every 1500 miles, which is fine, so its not the type of car to leave between services.
I first used a dealer, but found that they were trying to rip me off. They produced a list of items which would have cost me about £800 on top of my £212 service. I took the list to an independant garage and half of it didn't need doing and the stuff that did was half the price.
I have now found a good independant Alfa specialist (WAD), that apart from being cheaper than a dealer seem to know more about the cars.
In the last four years, heres a run down of my costs;
1. dealer service £212. + £34 for MOT
2. Front discs, pads, rear brakes cleaned up and an MOT £173
3. New battery £70
4. Service (inc all 8 plugs), cam belt, tensioner, idler, balance belt, tensioner, variator, rear pads, rear radius arm, cam belt cover, aux belt, and MOT £788
5. 3 new Continental Premium Contact £210 fitted
6. Service, brake fluid, 2 washer jets £230
7. MOT £38
8. Carpet mat set £58
9. Touch up paint men £5.
Total spent £1818, for 4 years motoring. I don't think that is bad. ( I only do 6000 mile a year in this car, but have servicing done by age rather than miles)
My advice to you would be use the correct oil, Selinia 20K or Magnatec, check it regularly and don't let it get too low. Change your cam belt idlers and tensioners (and balance belt on a 2.0) every 3 years or 36,000 miles and service it every 12 months and it should be okay.
I'm about to spend £250 having my alloys refurbished, but even then I will have spent a total of £500 a year on it.
Last edited by Sensible; 07-04-08 at 17:56.