I'm not looking forward to this but little Alfie (147 2.0 Lusso) is due his first service since I've owned him and I'm a bit short on cash which doesn't help.
I bought him back in Feb this year and he has now done 70k miles. 52 plate.
I haven't had him checked out since buying him but kept the oil topped up and kept him clean etc etc. When I bought him the previous owner gave me a load of service history paperwork and told me he'd had a new ECU fitted in Oct 2007. In the advert on autotrader he had stated that a new timing belt had been fitted. Now I've looked through all the service papers and none of them state that a new timing belt has been fitted.
Does anyone know how easy it is for a mechanic to tell how old or many miles are left on the current belt?
The airbag warning light is constantly on, the heated seat switch passenger side needs replacing and there is a funny noise which sound like the starter motor is running on for a second or 2 after startup. The tyres look a bit low on tread and the break pads feel as though they might need replacing.
I have a garage near me that are very very good. They have never ripped me off and have also done lots of investigation work and little bits for free on previous cars. I asked them if they had worked on Alfas before and they said they had and that they can handle them as well as any other car. They also have a lot of diag equipment.
The service is £110 for a full service. For that price I have always had my cars serviced every 6 months and hardly anything else has gone wrong with them.
Can anybody please advise on whether a non Alfa specialist would be capable of servicing and repairing one properly and anything I should look out for if I do take it to them?
I know this is a long thread but any help would be greatly appreciated before I make any decisions