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Maintenance charges

Hi Guys,

Another properly frequently asked question re-Maintenance charges.

I have an Alfa Spider 2.0 TS from 2001 with 76.000km/47200 Miles on the clock.
I bought it end of October last year..

I live in Austria , and obviously expect that costs may differ a bit depending on where you are located.

Left Hand Rear Wheel Bearing needs changing as well as the Due Service and Legal required MOT check.

I have been quoted the following From The Authorized Alfa Dealership in Salzburg but unsure if this is Reasonable
Full Service MOT And change of Wheel bearing (part costs around 160 Euro and approx 100 Euro is estimated for the work) total 700-750 euro…
(MOT Check usually costs 35 Euro)

So that leaves approximately 400-450 Euro for a service.. my colleagues in Austria/ and Germany

Does it matter much if the service is not done by Alfa,

Perhaps it would be worth getting a quotation from an independent garage… however concerned they might not know the specific requirements there might exist for servicing the Spider..
Albeit the thought of getting perhaps just the Wheel Bearing done a separate place.

(don’t want to end up with a costly bill arising for poorly or erroneous performed servicing)

your thoughts will be much appreciated..
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Hi there.
The quote for full service sounds reasonable being a main dealer (consult your owners handbook to se what is done for the specific service).
A piece of advice on using an independent dealer/garage is based on the fact that the car is 10 years old and some have different expectations on quality.

I bought my 2001 mod GTV 3.0 V6 privately in Germany. Got a friend of mine that lives close to Munich to get the car (I wanted red with tan interior so choice was limited). Car was ok, but I got it checked by an VW/Audi dealer that he uses in Rosenheim and they said that that the car was in good condition, needed new battery and the drivers seat was a bit loose. Hence I decided to get the car re-painted.
Before flying down from Norway to pick up the car I decided to have Autohaus Abraham (Germanys oldest Alfa dealer in Rosenheim) to have a look at the car and the list included:
- Change timing belt with water pump, leaky radiator, rusty support for radiator, no pressure on ac, incorrect assembly of doors after painting, missing/damaged seals at doors, needing new struts (gas support) for bonnet and trunk, faulty shock absorbers, illegal tyres at the rear (run-flat tires), slack in all rear suspension arms, slack in front wishbones, etc.
This was at 99800 km. The car had as I wrote been checked at Audi/VW who did not see anything and also had a 100.000 km service stamp from independent italian specialist 300 km before.
Upon picking up the car Autohaus Abraham, did not allow me out without going through the 5-page pullet list on items, took the car into the garage where all the used pars from my car was kept until my arrival and went through every single item. A very impressive and tidy garage and good foreman/werksmeister.
Needless to say the car feels like new. Based on above (and other experience) I am reluctant to some so-called independent specialist garages….
(This should obviously not include all as I know there are many specialist dealers with better understanding of the car than some established dealers. Not to mention interest in the car/brand)
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