Hi all, I am pretty sure that we have all crossed swords with an "Alfa Romeo garage" in one way or another. I also realize that owning an Alfa is not cheap in most aspects. What I am about to propose may be a part solution to an on going issue at the moment. Like Ian Lusso said a while ago, there are just too few Alfa's on the road at any one time to be really financially viable for an agent to only service Alfa Romeo's, after all, it's rental, staff and overheads of sundry amounts. I believe one cannot compare the likes of BMW, Audi, Mercedes etc, regarding servicing in particular.
Alfa owner's have always been in the minority, period. I am thinking along the lines of "individual servicing" if I may use the term. Let me use myself as an example, I happen to work full time but, I also happen to have most Saturday's/ public holiday's off etc, which gives me time to service/maintain my 156 (V6). The AO forum we are on right now can also be a great aid in service quality transparency across the board for us all as Alfa owner's.
First and foremost, I am not a qualified Alfa Romeo mechanic in any way, but I am very much of an enthusiast since the age of 14, I am now 48. I have also loved working with my hands ever since I could remember. I regard myself as a rather experienced "spare parts fitter", who has been doing the same service on my 156 for the past 13 years of ownership from new. I believe (and know as fact) that specialized jobs need specialized equipment, and technicians etc, to go with it. I am not at all prepared to tackle those issues.
Maybe by making use of this forum, the work I would perform and the owner of the relevant vehicle can post a comment regarding the quality of work done etc. All online, so none of the parties can hide or side track an issue.
I am fully prepared to offer my service experience to all other V6 (24v) owners, on a limited basis on weekends/public holiday's etc, if this kind of help is needed in the first place. I am also very sure that there chaps out there who in their own time specialize in electrical issues and so on. So is it not possible to get guys together in each province on the forum who are prepared to offer their own expertise and workmanship on a limited basis? Presuming all/most guys are working full time.
If the above suggestion is a bummer, so be it, but then we all have to simply accept the kind of workmanship we are faced with everyday in this country, and I will carry on serving/maintaining my pride and joy regardless.