My suspension needs changing. It does need doing after about 4 years.
That's bad. Does that mean I'll need to have this done again if I keep it 4 years?
If the steering feels wrong have them re-do the alignments for comfort rather then handling unless you are going to be racing her.
Mmm maybe worth thinking about...
The roof lining is a bit odd, its it a buzz or a rattle?
Definite buzz, and it stops if you press on the light unit or the sun visor. Weird. Took me ages to pin it down. There was a thread on here about it but there was no resolution offered.
The side skirts (like Pud said) do come off after time, just Alfa craftsmanship
Double sided sticky tape and a few hours and hey presto! Sorted
There's a body shop round the corner from me, it took them two goes to get it right. I could have tried glueing it on myself but it took a load of brackets that they had and I didn't, left on overnight, to get it to stay on. BodyWRX in Claybrooke near Lutterworth. Nice lads, well worth a call if you're near here.
As for the alternator, its four years old, so, it lasted quite a good innings.
Ditto the suspension, surely these things are supposed to last more than 4 years? I had a Peugeot 306 DTurbo Sport, 96 plate, 3 years old when I got it and I kept it more than 6 years. All it needed in all that time was a new battery, new brake pads and a bit of exhaust pipe.
The latest is that the alternator and battery both need replacing, at what would be a cost of £550 (ouch! - again I don't want to be paying that myself in 2012). Whilst the alternator is covered, apparently the battery is not, they want £90 for that.
When I bought this car, ***** ******* at ******* Alfa Romeo in ********* stressed, and I assure you this is verbatim, that "brakes, battery and clutch are included in the warranty so you have 12 months peace of mind".
To be fair Guests have tried to get the warranty company to cough on the basis that the alternator screwed the battery but they are not having it. Some area sales manager or other is going to adjudicate on this but I can see where it is going, it will be me who foots the bill.
Anyhow thanks for your comments guys, I am not quite as set on flogging it as I was, but I still have something of a nasty taste in my mouth about this and a decision to make. When you find yourself longing for a bit of French motor reliability things have to be bad.