Re: Alfa GTV - Money Too Tight To Mention
That's OK on the song title Johnson, that was one of Hucknall's only good songs...
So the 72k covered a full service, cam belt with all the tensioners (?), water pump, what else was done? New sparks plugs? What other problems were discovered and fixed? For reference, I had the big cambelt service done with all pulleys/tensioners and waterpump, full service, new brake hoses and fluid changed and new AFM for around £1k at an independent specialist a while back. And I supplied spark plugs, oil, brake hoses and 5.1 fluid myself.
I had the braided brake hoses fitted on mine, I'd have gone for those over OE ones, think they cost £40 or £50 for the Goodridge ones.
As for tyres, what brand were they Veloces recommending? To see if that £600 was pricey, contact these guys who are close to you:
Bracknell Tyre & Battery
Longshot Industrial Estate
Generally they can't be beaten on price and queues there on a Saturday are legendary... I bought Michelin Pilot Sport 2's from them 1.5 years back for just over £100 each, and that is normally an expensive tyre. I think garages just stick a healthy mark-up on these things so you can do better than £600 for 4 tyres I think.
I think you need to go back in person to Veloces. Explain that you've travelled a long way and need to personally discuss these things and have them fully inspect the car. Some of your points might be coincidental, but a decent garage should want to examine the car to put their own mind at ease so they know they're doing a good job for their customers. In the current climate only idiot garages wouldn't care about reputation and repeat business. I think you should ask to talk to the manager, set a date and ensure they have time that day to fix anything if problems are found. You might well want to explain that this has been discussed on Alfa forums and the opinion is for you to let Veloces look over the car again, that should make them understand that their reputation is at risk.
The oil leak is the worrying thing for me, try and see/trace where it's coming from. The oil cooler sits low in front of the driver's wheel if I'm correct, if oil is coming from that area do not do a long journey in the car. And ensure the oil is always topped up to the max mark on the dipstick.
I think the wiper thing and faint scratches show that they might have rushed the job, or not taken as much care as they would have if it was their own car, and that the vehicle wasn't inspected by a senior service technician or the manager, otherwise these things could have been spotted. Explain that to them and see what their reply is. If those things were wrong it's only human nature to wonder about the rest of the work done. On that basis I think it only fair they thoroughly go over the work they've done and take your other points seriously.
As for the white smoke, when the car is fully warmed up and with a 'spirited' drive, all water/condensation should evaporate from your exhaust and no white smoke should be visible. But go back to the point about the oil leak before driving the car anywhere for any length of time...
Don't know about the temp guage, why not call a dealer and ask if you can just buy the bulb?
Hope some of that helps. They've said they 'can take a look at it' so let them, and let us know how it all progresses.
Ex '99 6-speed 3.0 V6 GTV, now Z4MC