I can appreciate what your saying when you are spending £15000 of your own money, I think the sooner franchised dealer servicing is subtracted from the equation when purchasing a new car the better. So small specialist concerns will be allowed to service the car in line with warranty stipulation and such like, much of which appears a topic raised in Evo this month to!
If dealers were in business just to sell cars and have parts backup I think things would soon improve for the better and I think I'm right in saying the EU are pushing for this course of action at this very moment. There would then have to be a massive re-think in the deliberate,cynical and disgraceful way engine design has shifted to exclude small capable garages from being able to diagnose faults etc with new vehicles and support introduced from the manufacturer in this area in the short term!
As for money being invested well, I'm afraid I don't think it ever will be with Alfa Gronk, I appreciate it is difficult for many first time purchasers to understand Alfa ownership and its problems without me sounding patronising but I think you are sadly learning about what I describe the hard way! [img]smilies/biggrin.gif[/img]
Through your experience you can probably appreciate why many of us would never consider the purchase of a new one a wise move! [img]smilies/wink.gif[/img]
As I have said before it is a simple choice, you either accept Alfa with all the frustrations it can entail or look elswhere! Personally it makes no difference to me, I accept them as a flawed genius and live with it. If you and others can't I sympathise with your point of view but obviously hope that you can see the unique magic that means you put up with the hassles involved and continue to be an alfisti. Believe it or not some niggles actually grow on you!