Advice please - sob story coming up....
I apologise in advance for the long post, but I am looking for some advice for a situation I've got myself into while buying an x reg 156 2.0l Veloce.
The car has done 52k miles, so I asked the (small independant) dealership to change the timing belt and variator as part of the deal - they agreed.
I checked the car before handing over my cash by starting her up - no discerable problem - I didn't test drive again since I'd already done this twice (very nice thankyou very much).
Drove out and instantly felt there was no power. Past 4k rpm there was also a nasty screeching noise. As you can imagine, I turned back round and got the salesman to take a drive with me. They agreed there was a problem and offered to fix f.o.c. - I agreed.
So, the garage they use (right behind them) then realised that they'd not quite got the timing belt on right and fixed accordingly. They also
replaced a coil pack and ended up taking the head off and removed a 'piece of metal'.
I picked up the car again ( 3 weeks later) and drove the ~40 miles home - all seemed well. Got to within 1/2 mile of my house and the car stalled with what felt like something slipping. Engine warning light flashing.
Got the RAC to tow the car back to the dealership - they agreed to find problem and fix - very embarrassed, very sorry, etc. They have also provided me with a courtesy car while fixing the problem.
Apparently the garage reckon they found 'another bit of metal' which caused the problem and they're replacing a valve.
So, I'm now coming up to 6 weeks since the actual purchase without my Alfa to drive (but with a reasonable courtesy car in the mean time). The Alfa is due to be ready this week.
So, bit of a predicament. Fairly sure I can demand money back due to Sale of Goods Act (not fit for use) should the car still not be any good. However, the more tricky position is if the car seems ok when I pick it up. I would imagine that the garage might not be telling the whole truth - maybe badly tensioned timing belt? My point is this: If car seems ok, could there still be damage that you wouldn't find after a few miles hard use?
Are there any items that I should check they have changed - is it likely that low rpm timing belt slip would damage more than valve(s)?
Any technical advice on this would be greatly appreciated. Like I say, by law I reckon there's a chance I demand my money back, but the dealership have been very good at taking ownership of the problems and haven't tried to 'fob me off' or pretended it's my fault. They even stumped up some money towards petrol as a gesture for the inconvenience - as well as the courtesy car. As such, I'd rather not walk away if poss in the spirit of fair play - let alone the battle that it could be to get the dosh back.
The car has also been sold with a 3 month warranty that could be extended.
I'm hoping that future Alfa ownership will be a bit easier!
Any ideas / advice / abuse greatly appreciated. Please bear in mind that the dealership guy might lose some detail in conveying what their garage have told him.
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