Re: 159 Problems
My very pretty Black 159 has an annoying creaking dash and has been in the Alfa hospital for treatment, here’s a rundown on what happened.
1st visit: Called Merdien Milano, who booked in my 159 and loaned me a 159 Sportswagon... said they needed it for a few days to investigate and rebooked the car for extensive treatment, went home with creaking moans from car.
2nd visit: Dropped car to dealer, where upon I picked up a nice 147ti in Alfa red. Engineer took the two leather cream front seats out of my 159, removed the cream and black dash, removed the windscreen, re-bonded the windscreen and refitted the windscreen. Then replaced the dash and seats, cleaned it and after four days, returned her to me at my new place of work. I happily handed the keys of the 147ti to the delivery driver and watched him drive off into the sunset (in Southampton the sun always shines, unless you’re watching football at St Mary’s). Walked across to my car, smiling and thinking things would now be nice and quiet when driving home... god I love that car. Anyhow, just as I was getting into the driver’s side I noticed the windscreen trim was broken and hanging off, which was a tad bit annoying to say the least, but it was going to be quiet and they could replace the trim. Then climbing into the cabin, I noticed my lovely leather cream seats had turned into a slightly darker shade of oil, in fact, there were so many oily prints, I could have set up my own fuel company and solved the worlds energy crisis in a week.
Now I know you’re thinking, ‘but the drive home is going to be nice and quiet so stop complaining’. Well yes, but as you can imagine at this point, I’m not a very happy bunny. So the dilemma is this, it’s your first day in a new job, do you wait until you get home to complain and try and act like a newbie should , or do you storm into the office, pick up the phone and rant down the line while your new boss sits across from you?
You guessed it, I ranted along the lines of “Hi, it’s Anthony, hey I didn’t know Stevie Wonder was working for you now, what do I mean... I’ll tell you what the **** I mean... big apologies from Meridlen Milano and a promise to pick the car up the next day to sort out the problems. I hang up the phone to silence and my new boss saying I can book his next service. Now back to the key point of the story, no there was still sound coming from the dash, so had to resort to the radio at full volume.
3rd visit: Drove car into work, a miracle, no sound coming from the dash. I had to turn the radio on just to check if I’d gone deaf or not, and no I hadn’t. A smile returned to my face, could this be true, had it been fixed, will my neighbours fail to hear me coming down the road anymore, will my ears finally get the chance to stop bleeding, only time would tell. Mid morning my car is picked up and I’m given the 147ti again, finish work and drive home. The next day my car returned looking like new. Had a good look over it and was happyish, I did notice that one part of the trim had a bit of super glue on it, but I thought I could live with that until it was serviced. Worked late to show that newbie was keen. Then the big moment came, the drive home, climbed in, placed the key into the lovely slot left of the steering wheel, pressed the button and she burst into action. As I took off I felt a trickle of blood from my ear, this wasn’t a good sign, by the time I got home I had lost my hearing and realised that the noise was back with a vengeance. Now this begs the question, it’s all very well employing Stevie Wonder as a valet, but why did they put Ludwig Van Beethoven in charge of sorting creaking dashboards out.
Needless to say, I will be calling Meridlen on Monday to talk about the next chapter...
Alfasud ~ Alfasud Sprint ~ Giulietta ~ 156 ~ 159
Life long love