Having had my car for 2 years now, and clocked up c.19,000 miles, it was time to book it in for the scheduled 21,000mi/24 months service.
I embarked on getting various quotes from local garages (well that's a relative term, as local Alfa dealers are so far apart nowadays). Ancaster Welling and Allams Epsom were asking for silly money like £150 just for the pollen filter change (and did not even include the oil service); by the time you added that you were looking at north of £400 !!
I then tried an old specialist favourite of mine - Monza Sport (now an authorised service dealership), and was pleasantly surprised when they quoted £275 for the oil service. This garage was a little bit more out of the way, about 20 miles south of Gatwick (where I work), but I figured for the savings - it would be worth it, plus I trust this garage.
I also asked if I could bring my own oil, and they said sure, it would then be about £225.
I had already managed to source some correct spec engine oil for my car (i.e. FIAT 9.55535-S1), and managed to find some reasonably priced FUCHS TITAN GT1 PRO C-2 SAE 5W-30 on opie oils, and subsequently on Ebay; I think in total I picked up 5 litres for about £30, which was a bargain. I scoured the sites for the oil a few months in advance knowing I would need it for the upcoming service.
Monza gave me a courtesy car for the day a brand new Mito 1.4 TB Multiair TCT, which was quite a hoot especially in Dynamic mode. It was nice to go back to revving a petrol car (close) to the limiter and hearing that Alfa roar - you don't quite get it with a diesel. It was the first time I'd tried a Mito, and whilst it was nice as a small car, it made me realise that I enjoy the comfort and executive feel of the 159. The only comparable car I have driven to the Mito is a Mini Cooper S, and I have to say the Mini was better handling and a more comfortable ride.
Anyway, the service went well. I reminded the guys that we probably need a brake fluid change aswell at this interval, and this came to an additional £50 which I thought was reasonable. Total cost £270 (exc. oil), which I thought was excellent for a main dealer.
The only advisories were that the front driver foglight had smashed (which I knew, and which I am only going to bother to change prior to the lease return date). The other one was that the two front tyres (Conti 3's) were also at the legal limit; again I knew about this and will be fitting the "cheap as chips" Accelera's soon.
Randomly, when I went back to Monza to pick up my car, what should I see - none other than my old Alfa 156 which I previously owned nearly 4 years ago ! It's a small world........link attached (those wheels look horrid! - God only knows why they removed the beautiful Zender Sienas which I had on there).
Alfa Romeo *156 2.0 JTS from MONZA SPORTS TUNING · Approved Alfa Romeo Specialists
Hope you found this report useful. Happy to hear your comments either on the Service, or on the Mito experience, or about my old 156 !