Beware, this post is just a waffle and a moan so probably best ignored. (<edit> except for the next entry)
The lambda sensor needed changing as it was cycling very slowly (leaning off on long journeys and other shenanigans) so as an oil change was nearly due anyway I booked in to the local dealer to do an as-you-wait job. Knowing they only charge a half hour for an oil change and also wanting a genuine Alfa lambda as the NGK one I tried at MOT time was rubbish.
2.5 hours later I am informed that the sump plug 'won`t tighten up enough' and I need a helicoil. Terrific. Thanks. The reason given was that the car has had many oil changes in its life and must have worn the thread out. Rubbish, more like careless mechanics have over-tightened it or cross-threaded it over the years.
Anyway, they put the car back together, told me that it wouldn't leak but to get it done asap and not too drive too much (can it really be that loose?). They gave me the number of the local engineers who do helicoils and shoved me out the door minus a few hundred quid. I called the engineers who said the car needed to be on a ramp and why hadn't the dealer called them when they spotted the problem AS THEY WERE ALREADY ON_SITE AND DOING A JOB IN THE NEXT BAY!!!
Now I have to take a day of work which I can`t afford to get it fixed. Not happy
Never mind that it will cost more too
To top it off the microswitch on my key disintegrated so I have to activate the lock/alarm by poking a stick in the key. Come home and get the spare key pout and the microswitch on that falls off too! Aaaaargh! I`m not paying hundreds for a new key so its time to butcher one of the keys and make a small lock/unlock box for my keyring from the parts.
The only good thing is the car finally has some poke back in it and isn't sluggish any more. Not that I can drive it of course in case the oil drops out