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In a desperate bid for respect, I have traded my trusty old grey Ford Mundane in part-exchange for a 2015 Giulietta 150MA. As we say in South London: “Like me new wheels, John?” Here is one of them.

I’ll have to change my familiar old “Resting Between Alfas” status on here, I suppose. Here’s the rest of the car. I was going to say: “Here’s my rosso red bella,” but that would have lost me any respect again. And my self respect.

Great to be back in Alfa ownership. Experienced a wave of nostalgia when the dash display told me it was minus 3 degrees with the risk of ice, on a warm sunny day.
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Excellent news!
Congratulations - I'm sure the Mondeo - Alfa transition will improve your happiness quotient immeasurably *




* it certainly did for me!
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Congrats!
I’ll look out for your car if I venture in the direction of Orpington in the Stelvio.
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Experienced a wave of nostalgia when the dash display told me it was minus 3 degrees with the risk of ice, on a warm sunny day.
God bless you, Alfa. Nothing changes
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I’ll look out for your car if I venture in the direction of Orpington in the Stelvio.
Yes, we'd both better look out - the idea of two forum members colliding is marginally worse than the thought of crashing into a Marmite tanker.
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What is this vegemite vehicle you speak of?
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Fantastic news, congratulations on your Alfa!

Genuinely pleased for you.
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I thought it was “ Hello Tosh, gotta new mota! “


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Nice.... welcome back home
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Thank you folks. Yesterday I deliberately kept in N until I was familiar with the handling etc. Today I used the "push to pass", switching to D while flooring the throttle. A very silly feature, but what lunatic good fun.
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Phoned Green Flag to swap the cover over. Lad on phone keyed in reg number, then read out: "Er, Alfa Romeo, er, er, Goolie Ate Her," and refunded me £11.
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phoned green flag to swap the cover over. Lad on phone keyed in reg number, then read out: "er, alfa romeo, er, er, goolie ate her," and refunded me £11.
lol

Was the refund because of the bad pronunciation ??
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Was the refund because of the bad pronunciation ??
I didn't like to ask.
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Saw a 2015 Giulietta Sprint looking just like yours in Bromley today. You don’t shop at Tesco do you?
Or it could be the one belonging to the Matt, guy who serviced our boiler.
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Yesterday, Cue2, I drove from beautiful Orpington to Bromley North (now referred to as Bromley Village, though not by me) at 8am, back at about midday, and did it again at 6:30pm and returned at 9pm.

No I don't go to Bromley Tesco, and you wouldn't want me servicing your boiler. On Sunday I parked it at Locksbottom Sainsbury's, and when I returned another red one had been parked immediately opposite - definitely deliberately, as there were many empty spaces. Two other Giuliettas live within half a mile, and yet another sometimes parks nearby.
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There’s a story about buying my Giulietta, and now it can be told.

Saw exactly the car I wanted (right age, mileage and colour) on the website of Arnold Clark in Bolton, at a very good price. Being 257 miles from home I wasn’t about to pop in, but they offered (for £95) to transport it to a trading estate at Lingfield in Sussex where I could test drive it. I read the documents as implying I was committed to buying, but they put in writing that I wasn’t, and their people at both locations were helpful and accommodating without being pushy.

Inspected it – immaculate. Drove it – fine. Various details were just as I’d choose them: the grey mock-carbon fibre trim, the 17” five hole wheels, cloth upholstery for veggie daughter, even down to manually-operated carbon grey mirrors.

Two weeks into ownership: engine warning light. The fault codes were read by Day & White’s at Brands Hatch, and showed the multiair unit was on the way out.

There’s no suggestion Arnold Clark knew of this problem – there’s no way they could have. The real test of a business is how it handles things that go wrong. I spoke to David Griffin, the General Manager at Bolton, and we discussed returning or fixing the car, and which would suit each of us best. It was like a series of friendly chats trying to solve a problem together. In the end I had the multiair unit replaced at the garage of my choice (the excellent Day & Whites) and Arnold Clark sent me a cheque to pay the bill.

Result: I have a car in excellent condition, paid a very reasonable price for it, and have nothing but praise for Arnold Clark.
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A good news story!
After all the criticism of Arnold Clark it’s nice to hear it worked out ok for you.
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Two weeks into ownership: engine warning light. The fault codes were read by Day & White’s at Brands Hatch, and showed the multiair unit was on the way out.

In the end I had the multiair unit replaced at the garage of my choice (the excellent Day & Whites) and Arnold Clark sent me a cheque to pay the bill.

Result: I have a car in excellent condition, paid a very reasonable price for it, and have nothing but praise for Arnold Clark.
Did you not have some other work done at the same time? Best not to ask how I know!
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How do you know?

Oh, sorry not supposed to ask..
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Did you not have some other work done at the same time? Best not to ask how I know!
Indeed I did. Forgot to mention the door mirror replacement (duff temperature sensor) which Arnold Clark also paid for. Also, although a cambelt replacement isn't theoretically due for a few months, had it done at the same time (at my expense) as it seemed a good opportunity.

Do you know Day & Whites, Armoore? Excellent place, recommended by cue2 some time back.
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I was there when the work was done. There, now I've said it. I often pop in for a while to see what's going on. To do the mirror the door trim (not door card, before cue2 jumps all over it) has to come off. The cover of the speaker removes easily revealing the connections, and the screws holding the mirror in place can be seen and almost have access but not quite, if only a little more thought at the design stage had been applied! Then again they are designed for easy construction at the factory, not for maintenance or repair.
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Yes, we'd both better look out - the idea of two forum members colliding is marginally worse than the thought of crashing into a Marmite tanker.
Actually three! Orpington is one of my old stomping grounds and sometimes go there and walk the dog in Goddington Park. Was often in the Church Hill garage when owned by the Thompsons and Colin and I raced motorbikes, frequented the White Hart when it didn't need bouncers, first wife lived in Park Avenue and I was married in the Methodist Church. First foreign meal I ever had was in the Chinese restaurant by the War Memorial.
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“Then again they are designed for easy construction at the factory, not for maintenance or repair.”

They also go together in a way that looks as the Designer intended rather than with big gaps or mismatches which the customer wouldn’t like and would put them off buying the car!
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Just a couple of holes which wouldn't have affected the design or fit that's all in this case. Also go easy on the posts I said you'd reach 30k posts on the 19th, don't prove me wrong.
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