Well, I eventually came to an agreement with the dealer (stealer?
) yesterday - I did manage to calm down before I got there, as I had got quite wound up thinking about it all the day before – lol! It was quite funny really as he tried blaming the ****-up on a young trainee he had working there, who he said, had worded the advert in AutoTrader incorrectly, and had assumed I knew it was the 8v model... Yeah right! Anyhow, the outcome was that he offered me two options: A full refund, or - wait for it - £800 off the price I had paid (£4995) and said he would also stump up for a 36,000 service at a main dealer!
In the end, I chose to keep the car as, like I said previously, it is in good condition inside and out and according to the service book, also has a FSH... I’m not too bothered it’s not the 150 BHP version, I guess I’ll spend less on fuel, servicing and insurance costs and it still goes quite well!
If I’d have had a full refund, it would also have left me without transport, as I’d been looking for a car for ages before buying this one, so I think it was more the hassle factor than anything else, which made my mind up...
So there you go – I’d like to know your views on it - In effect I’ve got a 1.9 JTD 8v 04 (albeit it built in 03!) model with 35,000 miles on the clock for £4200, with a 36,000 service thrown in... The moral of this story is I suppose to join this forum before buying any Alfa!
and ALWAYS check the car out thoroughly before buying – The problem with Alfas is that you tend to buy them with the heart rather than the head (well I do anyway!) I think in the future I would even invest in an AA check first, just to be sure and have the piece of mind! I won’t name the dealer involved for various reasons, but I certainly won’t be recommending them to anyone in the future!
Thanks again for all your support and advice (especially David C
). I look forward to posting more on the forum and I hope (!?) I have years of trouble free Alfa ownership – But we’ll see eh!...
Now where can I get a 156 chrome gear knob from and maybe mats, tax disc holder, spoiler, engine remap...