Has any one heard of a place called ALFATECH in whitley bay (Near Newcastle)
I bought my 2001 Alfa 147 1.6 Twin Spark - Alfa Red, Momo Tan Leather, BOSE and 17inch sports last september and the car has been in 10 times to Benfield in Newcastle with the following complaints: (bearing in mind the used alfa checklist that it passed now framed on my wall!)
Exhaust went on the day after I bought it - resulting in a two month wait in which I was told there were no Alfa 147 genuine systems in country - had to go to AR direct to progress this one along - law and behold it arrived the next day
Got pulled over by police two weeks later in fog - due to when the fog light was turned on the reverse light came on and vice versa - luckly just got a producer. took them 3 days to diagnose and solve.
Had three water leaks - repaired under warranty but totally scratched and damaged internal door handles and told me that the carpet would have to dry naturally - still damp two months later
Gear box linkage and bushes needed replacing along with rear suspension arams and bushes and stops - car returned with four dents in doors off carpark which took a letter to AR, headoffice, MD and service manager to get taken out even though I refused to take car at time and reported to service manager.
drivers heated mirror and tweeter speaker internitant sometimes work sometimes dont - still ongoing but they say this is not a problem.
VDC, ABS and non working speedo for four months - reset twice and taken in for one weeks dignostics no courtesy car only to get back start up and not only did the problems appear but alarm would not turn off and yeap you guessed it two dents in door panels and parked so close to a transit van I had to climb in passenger side and go accross as door had an inch to open. - finally on next trip they replaced the ABS / Traction control computer (£800 plus fitting - on warranty)
Six headlight bulbs to date, two went in first two weeks of motoring the other at month intervals finally diagnosed as faulty stalk switch after I was alarmed at the amount of bulbs went through! they didnt mind!!! funny that.
And the final cherry on the top was when I took it back for the tenth time last week to have the rear window replaced due to the rear demist packing in due to damage of the strips in rear window whilst being cleaned at the dealers!
Dont get me wrong I love my 147 to bit but can someone please tell me why AR dealers are so damn bad considering the hertiage and exclusivity compared with say ford or BMW.
"I feel so much better now getting that lot of my chest! " and to finish off my girlfriend says she will leave me if I buy another AR as she is sick of dropping me off and picking me up from the dealer 30 miles away!