I'm just back from my month in France, for the first time ever my car went wrong while abroad the worst part is, it was while my girlfriend was in the car on the way back to taking her to the ferry,we were talking about her driving to France by herself only five mins before the car choked so thats out the window now!
The problem was one of my tensioners gave up the ghost and you know the rest, no power steering no battery and no aircon. Oh yeah not to mention mine is a selespeed so I knew it was only a matter of time till the whole car went bonkers, luckily I could still drive the car so it was a matter of hoping that the battery lasted from Rennes to Roscoff, well it didn't and the car died about 40km from Roscoff,anyway I bought another one got her to the ferry and got back to Chateaubriant ok.
Next day I looked in my service book and the dealer I chose was one in Laval, gave them a ring and they said on the phone they had a new belt and the two new tensioners I would need, Great I thought, off to the dealership one hour and twenty mins away got there no problem.
They guy at the desk said go for a walk around the town it would take about 1hr 30mins, I couldn't believe it so off I went with a big smile on my face, came back at the appointed time and my car wasn't ready and the dumbass was in and out all the time with different belts, I smelt a rat after 3 hours I was getting angry so I just walked into the workshop despite being told not to. Not only did he not have the right belt he'd fitted a wrong tensioner wheel to the car I spotted it instantly and told him to take it off, they'd also scratched my wing and broken the jacking point covers on my side skirts, I went f00kin mental.
I refused to pay them anything for any work and bought the only tensioner they had, and then I spoke to the boss and TOLD him to send me the right belt to my house asap.
In the end when the belt arrived I took the car to a VW dealer and it pains me to say this, but they did a fabulous job very proffesional, the moral to my little story is main Alfa dealers seem to be ***** wherever I
P.s A selespeed can be a pain in the ass sometimes if you let anyone near your car who's never heard of this model or knows nothing about it the first thing they do is try and wrench the gearstick off. I wouldn't let the VW dealership drive it, end of.