Re: Finally! The LE arrived.
Well I think we are all correct to check these Spiders carefully on collection, but the reason is not that Alfa PDIs are generally shoddy, it is that there has been a big problem with getting these Spiders out of the docks and delivered. There is a lot of murk concerning what really happened to this batch of Spiders, but I have heard the following:
1) Big batch of Spider LEs showed up all at once in addition to normal delvieries and completely shafted the PDI team; and
2) Docks went on strike so cars couldn't be moved.
3) Cars are sitting in a dock yard for an extended period, exposed to the elements and potential accidents.
Now if any of these took place (and certainly number 1 seems likely given all 200+ LEs were supposed to be registered in the same month), then that means a big back log and possibly rushed PDIs at the dock. Then you are basically relying on the PDI services of the dealer, who isn't really supposed to be doing a full PDI at all.
Hence the problems with this batch of cars perhaps.
Brat Pack no.8