I am trying to find a good Alfa garage in the east midlands area. I am starting to think one doesn't exist!
First started when I took my GTV to an east midlands dealer for a service, they overfilled it very heavily with oil, resulting in the crackshaft oil seal leaking. This then leaked onto the clutch, destoying that. When the took off the gearbox, the forgot to put the oil back in it, which resulted in my drving it for near 2 week without oil (suddenly started sounding terrible).
Eventually (3 months!!!!) got a new gearbox out of them, this unfortunately jumped out of 3rd, turns out it was a reconditioned unit!!
Eventually got a new one in (another month), this time it was only a 5 speed one (though I was going mad when I was trying to find 6th). Got a replacement (only 2 weeks) then they broke the linkage and didnt tell me. As soon as I got in it, it was obvious, gears all over the place.
Eventually got that fixed. Two dents were added to the door while at the garage, it took ages to get them to take them out.
The final one was at some point they decided to take the front pipes off for some reason, when they put them back, they clearly hadn't got any manifold gaskets, so they used heat paste sealer instead. Needless to say 2000 miles later things started blowing a little. Had to get them to fit them properly with gaskets.
All this took nearly 7 months from start to finish. During that time it was practically a full time job. I think it took a year or two off my life!!
Based on the above experiance I moved to another Alfa dealer in the east midlands, this time for a window adjustment.
I keep this one short, but this took 1 whole year !!!!!!!!!!!! to resolve, and resulted in 6 door dents, broken window switch, cracked door (internal panel), damage internal door handle, central locking failure, door alignment coming back worse than it went in, badly scratch paintwork on inside of door, scuffed door panel, broken speaker cover (which actually fell off whilst driving home), missing door skin (became visable when speaker cover fell off) and 3 broken door lights (bottom of door) - 2 of which they had attempted to superglue back in.
I now need to go to a garage, help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!