Another Autolusso story
3 Days in the life of my 54 plate CF3 JTD GT that I just have to share. My trusty GT is on 113k and needed and MOT and Cambelt/Waterpump.
Day 1 (Wednesday)
MOT booked in at an independant Afla/Fiat specialist with the provision that if the car passed with little work then do the cambelt/waterpump.
Phone call mid morning and informed that the car flew through the MOT with no issues and no advisories ... Result
Phone call early afternoon and told that unable to complete the cambelt due to an issue ... Boo
Picked car up that evening with new MOT and told everything exactly as I had left it and okay to drive.
Day 2 (Thursday)
Ten miles into my 50 mile commute to work I heard a strange light knocking from the engine bay. Immediately pulled over and switched the engine off, opened the bonnet and could see the auxiliary belt partly shredded but still in a continuous loop. Didn't want to risk damage so called the AA out (after wondering around until I could get a phone signal - the countryside). AA, who turned up early, said the aux belt was not refitted correctly on the pulley(s) and the use had cut through and shredded the belt.
Decision time and as the AA man said, where do you want to go? Three choices, 1, Home, not much point in that as would still have to get the car moved, 2, back to the garage that mis-fitted the belt and could not do the cam belt, hmmmm no thanks! or 3, somewhere else, living in West Wiltshire, the obvious choice (to me) was Autolusso so back to find a mobile signal and a quick call to Laurence at Autolusso Bournemouth, after a quick explanation of the issue, it was 'Yes bring it down and we will see if we can get you back on the road today', so back to the car, hooked up on the back of the AA van and off to Bournemouth.
An hour and a half and 50 miles later, car is dropped off in the now pouring rain at Autolusso. Thank you Mr AA man, a grand job, worth the membership.
After further discussion with Laurence on what had happened it was booked in to be worked on that day.
Early afternoon and after lots of other Alfas (and only Alfa's) had been dealt with it was my turn, on the ramps and allocated to Lynford, work started. Ten minutes later I was in the workshop looking at and being told what had and how my aux belt had shredded. In terms I could understand. Ten minutes later I was back in the workshop looking at the cam belt replacement and what was, it turned out, was the issue why the cam belt was not done the day before. One of the bolts was extremely stiff and would not budge. Everyone remained calm, except me as I went back to the waiting room. Another cup of tea, a couple more editions of Auto Italia and lots of worry, but the best stress reviler ever, Alfie the resident dog, kept me as calm as possible and the knowledge that I was in good, no great hands. I had already picked this up on the banter and Alfa appreciation that goes on. The little details, Laurence picking up my keys, taking them apart, resetting the spring so it flicked up, instantly. Perfection matters here. Another ten minutes and Lynford came in and shows me the offending bolt and pulley, off and all in on piece. I was so relived. They inspire
confidence. Talking with Laurence and after a previous conversation with Paul, I already had a remap on my shopping list, so now with a new cam belt, water pump, auxiliary belt and a road test to check all was in working order and to ensure there were no clutch issues a remap, egr delete was applied and an egr blanking plate now in place I was ready to go. Hitting the rush hour out of Wimbourne/Ringwood and congestion around Salisbury mean a gentle journey home and only hinted at how my car had changed.
Day 3 (Friday)
Now with very little traffic, fast A roads, tight, twisty up and down B roads and 25 miles of the A303, I was looking forward to the commute and it all came to the party. The remap had totally transformed the car, the throttle was so crisp and light, the response instant. It felt so different, as I accelerated up the slip
road onto the 303 and hit speeds that I shouldn't, I was grinning big time! The mid morning call from Laurence to check everything was okay, was also noted and showed their commitment to the work they put their name to.
I have now done over 400 miles since my enforced trip to Bournemouth and its just brilliant.
You read a lot of stories about how good they are at Autolusso and I can confidently now say they are true. A cracking dedicated professional team that take huge pride in what they do. Many thanks guys.