Was wondering what you all thought of my situation and maybe had some input.
I have a 2008 147 currently. I bought it ex demo from Airton before they went bust. The issue is the variator seems to be on the way out. The odd time I start it up, I get a dieselesque rattle from the engine for 2 seconds and then sounds normal again.
So I took it to South Dublin Alfa (in Goatstown) to have it checked. They came back and confirmed this was the case and the Variator needed to be replaced. I said fine, but then came the shock. They said it would be the guts of 800 euro because they were not doing the job under warranty as I had come to them outside of the appointed service interval! My last service was with Airton in May 09 and at 19000KM. Going by the sticker Airton put on the car they recommended the next service should be at 29000KM or May 2010 (I visited them in early July). Their point of view was that because the oil change didn't happen at the appointed time frame, this could have caused the issue and thus voided the warranty.
Firstly, I could not believe this was not being done under warranty as all literature suggests that the variator should be changed when the cam belt is changed, that being at about 36000 miles (60000 Km). So to my mind, this part shouldn't fail before then at the minimum. Secondly, 10000Km is a ridiculous service interval for a modern car. My Dad just bought a diesel Renault Fluence and the service interval on that is 2 YEARS and that a bloody diesel!
The funny thing is, while they had the car they fixed an oil leak in the gear box under warranty. That seemed ridiculous considering they would not fix the variator under warranty.
My query is who's right and who's wrong? Should the repair be done under warranty or not?
I haven't gone to other garages to check as I've been away but this just seems crazy to me. Its really annoyed me and I'm really considering leaving the brand I love so much and who I've defended time and again when talking cars with folks.