Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Whitley Bay, UK
147 / Alfa / Fiat niggles
So yesterday I get in my 147 to take back a couple of DVD's. As I switch the ignition on I notice that the airbag light doesn't go off. Crud.... So, I switch off the ignition and on again but it's still there. Ok, get home and search the forums and Google for all the info I can get. As everyone else probably knows, it's a common issue, mostly due to some cabling under the seats. Firstly, I didn't move the seat, or the passenger seat, however, in future if I do - I'll make sure the key is out!
So luckily today I have a day off as it's half term and take the Alfa to town (Newcastle) to get it sorted. The Alfa dealer is next the the Fiat one where the work is done. Take it in, the Alfa guy says to the Fiat service guy that it's under warranty (had the car approx a month). Fiat guy says it'll be done in 2 hours (1pm). Me and my son get back to the Fiat service area at 1.20 - where we're told that there was a problem with their diag software - no prob I say. I pop up to the Alfa bit as I had to pick up the toy Alfa for my son (promised when I bought the car). On the way back to the Fiat bit, our car drives past us! Problems with the diags? They hadn't even looked at it. Just as the garage door is closing on my car, I see somethign matallic on the rear passenger side tyre.....no - it can't be I tell myself. Eventually at 2.20pm my car is done. They try to charge me, telling me it's for the use of the diag software - I re-iterate my warranty! No charge - typical....
I go to pick it up, and there it is - a screw embedded in the rear tyre. I noticed loads of screws and nails around the garage doors as I walked past them too - is it really too much to sweep up now and again? They did fix the tyre (bloody right too), but added an extra hour to our wait - ever tried to keep a 7 year old occupied in a Fiat waiting room?
So, it seems that my experience so far is that the Alfa guys were helpful and the Fiat guys were monkeys......
Sorry about the length of this post - but I felt the need to vent my frustrations to people who would understand!!!
Oh, to top it off, on the way home I noticed that the 'down' button for the computer wasn't working (again). So I smacked the dash again to get it working - and it did start working (on and off). Now I find myself driving along and every few mins trying the down button on the dimmer just to see if it works! I've become nuerotic!