OK, finally good news. Thanks to Jaco, the workshop manager at the dealership, the guys at the workshop put in another 2 hours overtime and finished my baby yesterday evening. He had to threaten them to do it as one guy even wanted to go down to the coast for the weekend but his plans were cut short by Jaco. Finally. At least one guy who understands customer service.
I understood that it would take longer but when I got the bill for R 19,887 I nearly freaked out. They wanted to charge me 16 hours labor. I said in 16 hours I'll rebuild the whole damn engine and since Jaco agreed he dropped the labor down to 10 hours which I think was a fair price to pay. So all in all this is the breakdown:
Started when all dashboard lights and displays going crazy, flickering etc until the Alfa just stopped. Thought it was the battery so bought a new one. Cost R 980
After replacing battery, same story, diagnosed alternator. Tried to source regulator but no luck. Went to a workshop to ask them to just remove alternator so I can take it and have it fixed. Got quoted 36/38 hours labor. Picked up the Alfa.
Then I went to the previous dealership, they just looked at the Alfa for a day and said they cannot remove it. They put on a new Aux. belt for me. R2,000 gone plus they broke my air-intake flexi hose. Noticed it too late and didn't check it when I picked the car up. Estimated replacement cost +- R 3-4,000. Temporarily fixed it will electrical tape.
Ordered alternator from SA, R 7200, booked it into dealership. Got quoted 3.5 hours labor which was ridiculous but they are the experts. Took two days and late working at the dealership to get the car back. They wanted to charge me 16 hours labour at R 720/hour = R 11,520, just to change the alternator. After allot of arguing he dropped the price to 10 hours R 7200. That's R 4320 I saved right there just by stripping my moer and complaining.
Think about that for a minute.
All in all total damage: R 17,780 - Period without Alfa= one month - actual time to change the alternator=18-20 hours (at dealership who have the Alfa manuals, tools etc to do the job)
Advice if you have alternator problems in an Alfa GT 3.2 V6: Don't try and take shortcuts (read the full thread about this horror story). Don't try and take it out yourself, yes, I know, it can be done and has been done and there are threads on how to do it but please, don't. Take it to the dealership and put in a new alternator. If you have time and the money, ask them to take it out, order the regulator (if that is the problem) and let them put it back. Be prepared for delays and delays and an empty wallet. Lesson learned.
Next up the Alfa's 96,000 Km service....I dont even want to think about this yet, too busy enjoying my baby