<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by SCOOTERMAN:
<strong> <blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by logiclee:
<strong>I have had several other issues with my car in its 18month life mainly suspension related, the dealer network has been less than useless.
Will this be my last Selespeed?
Yes !! Because it will be my last Alfa.
Lee</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Why is it your last Alfa? Is it because of the dealer back-up and (lack of) service? If you still ling for an Alfa, do what I'm thinking of doing once I go into FT work (Uni at the mo...)
- Buy an import from a respected importer.(cheaper to start with)
- Buy the best aftermarket warranty you can afford, or haggle for a good 'un to be thrown in on top (not to mention Alfas international warranty...)
- Leave the servicing to a well-known Alfa specialist. They'll do a better job, and they'll do it for less.
Cheaper car? Better service? Sorted!</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Scooterman.
The reason I buy new or nearly new is I need a reliable car. The Alfa hasn't been anywhere near as reliable as a £20000 car should be. The dealers are the worst I have dealt with.
I can't afford every time my car breaks down to have to get it through a specialist (none local) and then fight a warrenty company for the cost of the repairs. If my car was toy and I were to go down the route of having a car out of warrenty and dealer network then I would probably go for something like an EVO or Skyline.
I also have a Skoda, cost £9000 when new and is now 5 years old. Apart from a new exhaust, tyres and regular servicing I haven't had a single problem with it. The dealers fall over themselves to help, I have bolt on steel wheel covers and my wife damaged one, you can only buy a set of 4 for £120 so I left it. At the next service Skoda fitted a new wheel cover off a write off they had awaiting collection by the insurance company, they didn't charge a penny. They replaced the entire exhaust system free of charge at 2.5 years old because I complained that the rear silencer bracket had cracked. At 5 years old it still hasn't got any rattles.
If Alfa could build cars to that standard and the dealers could be that helpfull then my next car would be an Alfa.
I work hard for my money and at the moment Alfa don't deserve anymore of it.