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  1. what is the main problem for Alfa Romeo???

    General Alfa Discussion
    Major problem with Alfa is not its build quility or anything is its Dealers 45%guilty...and for that italians (people in italy responsible for spare parts, car shipment e.g.) 55% are most responsible... because you can not order a 147 distinctive with special note that the car must...
  2. Is AR warranty invalidated if servicing not done at main dealer?

    General Alfa Discussion
    Hi, I've asked this on another forum but haven't received a definite answer, so I'm hoping someone out there can help..... My 18 month old 2.0 JTS is overdue for it's 24000 mile service so I need to get it booked in asap. My local dealer want £267, but L&M in High Wycombe, who seem to have a...
  3. New low for main dealer service!

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Well, just when I thought they were getting better, my local main Alfa dealer has hit a new low. Whichever way you look at it, its either deliberate fraud or complete gross incompetence! Paid the usual fortune for my official 24 month service to be done at my main dealer to protect the...
  4. Master key - Do I need it to copy the main key?

    Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    I have just been to look at a 1998 Spider Lusso for £5250 and it is really nice it most respects however it doesn't have the master key just one main key. If I wanted to make a copy of the main key, is it possible? Is this really a crucial omission or are there ways round it?
  5. main dealer warranty or 3rd party warranty

    General Alfa Discussion
    im weighing up buying an approved used gtv or a gtv from a garage but with a 3rd party garage. what would you guys do or reccommend? with a main dealer and 3rd party warranty does it void the warranty if you have work done at a non alfa service centre or change parts for non manufacture parts...
  6. Servicing at main Dealers

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    If like me your car is still under warranty and feel that main Dealer is safer if not better, at least until the Warranty expires ,you may be interested to know that Dixons (Alfa Dealers amongst many other brands in North of England) operate a price match policy on like for like servicing...
  7. Main Dealer Servicing

    General Alfa Discussion
    Hi all, I have noticed that most people tend to post regarding poor service they receive. However I am posting today to highlight the EXCELLENT service I received today from PICCADILLY MOTORS in KNARESBOROUGH. On my way home yesterday I heard a rattling sound from the nearside rear. On my...
  8. Can I adjust my 156 headlamps Main beam ??

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hi all, Have now had the main beam alignment checked and its said to be fine. I don't belive it, and figure I would like to try and adjust the lamps beam myself. Have had a look under the bonnet and can't see an adjuster. :confused: ANY GUIDENCE PLEASE ? As I have the xenon dipped head...
  9. Alfa Main Dealer Costs Increase above Inflation

    General Alfa Discussion
    From the BBC News today... Car dealer costs 'nearly double' Examples are Volkswagen 95% from £51 to £100 BMW 85% from £62 to £116 Volvo 79% from £62 to £112 Land Rover 77% from £57 to £101 Alfa Romeo 66% from £49 to £83 Source: Warranty Direct Depends on where you live but costs are...
  10. dipped & main beam bulbs

    Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    my workshop manual shows that these bulbs come already mounted on a plastic fixing. can you only get replacement bulbs from an alfa dealer ?
  11. aroc main event

    International Events
    Im just wondering when and if aroc have got a show this year. I havent been a member for a few years, and the last I attended was Stanford house 3 years ago. I quite fancy attending some shows. There was something in Chatham, Kent last year but I missed it. Anything this year? Lee
  12. main dealer rip off

    Alfa 155
    Recently a bearing noise developed around the auxillary belt area of my v6, on furthur investigation it proved to be the air con tensioner pulley that was at fault.Price check in the main dealer was 80euro+vat as you have to buy the whole pulley. on examining the pulley i was able to remove the...
  13. Main Dealers .....

    General Alfa Discussion
    My 146ti is up for a service, which I'd like/prefer to have done by a main dealer. I usually use SGT in Taplow and have never had a problem with them. However, unless they will come and collect the car it won't be easy for me to get to them. However, I do have Alan Gibson in Basingstoke right...
  14. Main Dealers ....

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Sorry - posted this in the wrong forum (not sure how it ended up in here!). Please see the general discussions. Apologies. K My 146ti is up for a service, which I'd like/prefer to have done by a main dealer. I usually use SGT in Taplow and have never had a problem with them. However...
  15. Main dealer strife

    General Alfa Discussion
    Hi guys, My 2.0 super has just been at the Fiat/Alfa dealer for 2 days to fix a rattling noise from the engine area. Their opinion was the variator needed replacing, and they did the timing belt and tensioners at the same time. Fine...except I start the car from cold this morning and the rattle...
  16. Alfa Main Dealers - Desira, London

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    What are your bad experiences of dealing with the above dealer, particularly in Hayes, Middlesex?
  17. Main dealers - doomed?

    General Alfa Discussion
    first, I posted this on another website a month or so ago, but I saw Newman's reply here about main dealers v imports (general - not just Alfa) and it reminded me that I never really had a satisfactory answer to this original post about dealer profitability and their future. Do you guys have a...