Having followed all the problems that a lot of you guys have been having fitting the Thule Roof Bars, I had decided that it would be worth the bit extra buying the Alfa ones, but no sooner had I decided to buy a set (at the end of last year) than they were listed as "Not Available",
. According to my dealer, the manufacturer in Italy had gone bust.
When I was in for my annual service the other week, the Parts Manager came over and announced that they were back 'on screen' as an available item again. I got him to order up a set there and then and a couple of days later I got the call to say that they were 'in stock',
I got the box home, but didn't open it until the weekend there when I thought I'd have a try at fitting them as it was a nice day outside. Imagine my shock / horror / roll-eyes moment
(yep, some of you are there already, aren't you?) when the bits that tumbled out of the box all had Thule stickers on them,
. At least I got a 15% discount so the prices were pretty much on a par. Oh, and the instruction leaflet does say "Manufactured exclusively
for Alfa Romeo by Thule" on it, so that's OK then.
Did they fit any easier - what do you think?
If it hadn't been for the posts on here, I'd probably still be out there yet. So they were well worth the wait!