scottydug , sorry. maybe i have been a bit harsh but i consider a car to be the 2nd most expensive item people buy ,1st being a house.
cars are extremely complex and expensive.
you can never do too much research ,basics are.
1. all garages are out to politely con you , they call it business.
2. same with warranty companies.
3. same with financial advisers,they sell the policy that gives greatest commission.(sorry to go off on a tangent).
you have to try and protect yourself.
not many warranties on older cars (5 years + in your case) stand up because they can always pick holes in your service history. if your car does not do over 12500 miles in a year then it must have its engine oil changed, service book stamped, read the small print in your annual inspection programme. it means to have real FULL ALFA SERVICE HISTORY it must have a service every year. which obviously nobody does.
this is a brilliant site for research , the information on here is superb, so if you like alfa`s then its the best place to be.
I take it your not married then scot
Now that is the most expensive purchase a man can ever buy.
But how many folk check the central heating pipes etc etc etc.
Cars are very complex machines nowadays not like days gone by...Even the "experts" cannot always fix them.
That's why most people go to a "trader" to benefit from the Sale of Goods Act as amended etc etc.
Proof of pudding and all that.
BUT how many cars do really have a full service history?
Anyone can stamp a book ..thats not to say the work has been done.
Also I believe any reputable gargage can service your car and the manufacurers warranty still stands..EU directive etc etc.
Life is just so complex nowadays.
In fact I am sure even you will have to admit that Alfa themselves got it wrong when they originally had the mandatory belt chnage set at 72k or 5 years....Hence it was reduced to 36k and 3 years as a result of numerous premature failures (TSengines).
Glad you came back to reassure the op..In my view he has been done.Like many others..not the first and certainly not the last.