The joys and tribulations of the motor industry.
What you have learnt so far, correct me if I am wrong.
That the motor industry could give lessons to the Secret Service
Which in a case like this is to be expected, I should also add Alfa
are not the first manufacturer to do it, and I doubt they will be the last.
This quote is from the link below,
Read the last sentence, Smoke and Mirrors comes to mind, but it is legal.
“There are no defeat mechanisms, devices, in our vehicles,” Marchionne said, in defense of FiatChrysler’s diesel-powered models. The hybrid and diesel powertrains in upcoming Jeep and Ram products are designed to help FiatChrysler meet strict CO2 emissions and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards. The company has been relying on purchasing credits from cleaner brands such as Tesla, to meet various standards.”
Alfa Romeo Plans Delayed Due to Spending on New Jeeps
As I said in my other post it creates confusion and lots of it, and car dealers in general are not known for being 100% honest with the facts, neither are the public if truth be known.
So it all comes down to the individual buying the car, be it a Prodrive S or an Alfa S.
And if you think about it considering the amount of money involved, it is stupidity not to do so, all it takes is a quick phone call to Alfa with the relevant numbers from the car, explain you are buying the car and would like to make sure it is what it is supposed to be, give them your email and you will get a reply generally well under an hour, if the dealer or if you are buying private the individual will not let you get the numbers, walk away because the chances are it is not what it is advertised as.
Another way of checking is to go to a Fiat or Alfa main dealer parts dept, give them the reg. Number and get them to run it through the computer and it will show up as being released as an S (One of the 500) if it is.
There is a very old saying, which happens to be true.
“Fools and their money are soon parted.”
As for Parker’s they list the models released by Alfa, and being as there are not 2 “S”
models listed, they are not going to show anything different to Alfa.
My Brera S was checked out before I purchased it, so I knew exactly what I was buying, and roughly how much it would cost to get it as I wanted it.
My first Alfa was a 1967 1750 GT Veloce bought in 1975,
That was the start of a love hate relationship with Alfa which continues today.
And a question,
with the servicing of the 156's it became a common practice for dealers to skip changing the air filter, although you still got charged for it as part of the service.
What do you think some skip changing on a 2.2 JTS service.