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Sorry if this is in the wrong bit, but it does relate specifically to the 156 GTA.

Just wondered what peoples thoughts are on the Alfa Warranty offered by dealers. My car will come with one year but I've been offered another year at £500.

Will it cover all the bits and pieces that generally need looking after be covered, or is it better to just use a specialist and save money.

Oh and the second year would probably be when the cambelt would need doing so that service would be more expensive as I'd need to use the dealer, rather than trying to prove a specialist did the work to Alfa standards.

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I'd try to argue them down in price. I was offered a second years warranty for £300 on my GTA SW. And I would have haggled that, except they were throwing in a belt change with that price.
 

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Well, it was from an Alfa main dealer. I'm pretty sure with things like warranties and GAP insurance and the like, there's always room to haggle.
 

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I would check the small print carefully.

Extended warranties are usually with a third party company and like the third year of dealer warranty it can contain so much small print as to make it next to worthless.

You can always buy your own third party warranty and at least you have your pick of whats on offer.
 

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I think I'm going to leave it. Having the dealer warranty means I'm tied to them for servicing (effectively). And I prefer to use specialists as they take more care and normally enjoy cars, something which you don't get with most dealers.

Plus as you say I can always get myself a warranty next year (when this one runs out) IF I feel I need one.
 
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Agree - specialists are much better for Alfas. I would avoid dealers, just don't trust their knowledge. Also, you need to be proactive and be aware of potential issues with Alfas. Just turning up every 12 months for a service isn't a recipe for success in my view, and with specialists they will always discuss what's best for your car in my experience. Other way round for Beemers tho - always worth going to a dealer there (that's what my wife drives).

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I'm planning on mods as soon as I get the car. So the warranty would only cover those bits I'd not played with anyway.
 

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My GTA is an 02(5years old now), but i bought it from 'BLACK and WHITE garage' + it came with a LUMLEY auto 1000 warranty included, in my 1st year of ownership i had a complete steering wheel control centre fitted(wipers indicators+cruise)+new ecu for the wiper set up, Completet cv joint Kit ,brand new battery!!!!,+ complete new speedo unit replacement, this to me is by far the most comprehensive warranty i have ever known, so much so , i have recently continued a further 2 year cover for only £449 !!!!!!!, worth contacting i think!!!!!!!!
 

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Whilst you guys are on the warranty topic, are thrust bearings covered under warranty??? My GTA is just under two years old and so ive got just over twelve months to go.. What do you all think??
 
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