<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by JohnW:
<strong>Yes I think that's the key. Having suffered the notorious Auto-Italia chain when I first got an Alfa followed by another equally rank franchised dealer in Surrey I've now found a good independent and it makes all the difference. It takes me an hour to get there but it's worth it.</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Thats the answer, I only bought mine knowing there was a small independant on the doorstep, except looking at some of the cost of ownership within this thread, makes me shudder eek!
Having owned two fiats in the past a tipo & more recently a punto, I'm fully aware of there realiability issuse, THERE ISN'T ONE, both were great, had a few problems with the tipo in its first year, a water pump failed, the passenger doors jammed shut after the central locking went AWOL, all fixed under warranty, later on in its fourth year of ownership a problem with some electrical gadget cause the tickover to fail, fixed in 10 mins by the local Lancia Independant for next to nothing. That car covered over 50,000 miles in our hands over a four year period, went of holiday to france three times, ect ect, very few problems with the car, very pleased with it.
Also recently I owned a used punto with 9000 on it an ex rental car which I put another 20000 on, never saw the inside of dealers workshop, just carried out the basic serviceing myself, oil filter, & replaced two front tyres & one set of front brake pads, thats it
I just hope my Alfa follows the trend ?