A response to the reply from Numan Racing.
What you say is fine in theory, but it requires the dealership to implement not only the expertise they should have but also the customer service that goes with it.
I have no reason to believe that Numan may not score 10/10 on both counts, but my own experience with some Alfa main dealers falls well short of this. Not only have I witnessed incompetence but also a distinct lack of genuine customer care. The same, of course applies to some independents, hence my comment about getting a recommendation. I have had two Alfas from new in the past 10 years, and much as I loved the cars, I sometimes wish I hadn't bothered.
It would seem that the business of warranty claims can only be met by work being done by main dealers, at least whilst the car is under manufacturer's warranty. This is fine, assuming you can find a dealer without having to take a day off from work to get there.
Two final points. Firstly, by the time a car is out of warranty, there is no reason why a decent specialist should not be able to do as good a job on the car as a main dealer. Secondly, the way Alfas depreciate, it is pushing it a bit to expect owners to stump up main dealer prices(parts as well as labour)to have their pride and joys tinkered with.
No doubt this will run & run... [img]smilies/cwm1.gif[/img]