156 V6 Servicing Nightmare
Had to join the foum just to vent spleen on this subject.
I have a 6 year old 2.5 V6 156 that I have loved driving since new. Not a single fault or problem in all that time. Main dealer serviced for the first 4 years, then local garages.
My first big mistake was to do the right thing and get the cam belt changed at regulation mileage, but not at an approved dealer. Instead, at a local garage that has since been sold to develop flats.
About 2 months later, knocking noise and loss of power indicated big trouble. Local dealer was Reg Vardy, now sold to Evans Halshaw who took a look and said ooh, not sure about that, we don't really do Alfas any more. Spent 2 weeks at two different local garages, both of whom I eventually had to get it towed away from as they never got round to actually opening it up - too big a job!
OK, bite the bullet and get it towed (not running at all by now) to a registered Alfa dealer - the only one in Greater Manchester by now - Caledonia Motors. They sit on it for a week (me calling every day, they saying we'll look at it this afternoon) and then tell me this morning 'oh sorry mate, we've not looked at it and to be honest we've had some technicians leave and we haven't really got the tools to do major engine work on a V6. Can you take it somewhere else?'
As I mentioned at the outset, I've loved my 156 even despite its precipitous depreciation, and I realise this is a problem of my own making. But why would you ever buy another car from a marque whose dealers, few and far between, are as hopeless as this lot.