<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Martin Jacques:
<strong>Paul's comments about his pollen filter have got me thinking. Up until now - 60k miles - my car has always been serviced at a main dealer. Part laziness, part percieved reliability benefit.
I race bikes, and do all my own work on them. I bought a workshop manual from Aprilia for £85 (bit like a Haynes manual, but aimed at dealer technicians) and that enables me to do all my own work. It is very rare that I need a special tool, so I can complete almost anything.
I would like to be able to do the servicing on my 166. However, I imagine that there is a world of difference between a 24V V6 engine and a twin cylinder 250cc two stroke
I also cannot find anything like a Haynes/Workshop manual for my car.
I imagine that it would be possible to do all of my own servicing, but leave the 72k cambelt service to the experts. Anyone care to comment from their own experience?
Martin.</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Good thing that you were smart enough to race an Aprilia.
If it were a road bike then the Aprillia 1000 series is a breeze to work on.
If you had bought a Ducati 999 then you would have bought a bike that is very hard to service.
Unfortunatley, Alfa these days is more like a Ducati. Getting harder to work on, even for a Dealer frown