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Been told that the wires for the heated seats and heated rear windows are corroded and it's a really expensive repair job. Anyone heard of this?
 

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It is quite common for the wires between the hatch and the car body to break inside. It isn't down to corrosion, it is down to the flexing and being slightly too short.

There are quite a few threads on this, if you do a search. :)

Not sure about the heated seats, they would be on a different circuit I would have thought.
 

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That confuses me more then as the dealership has said that the wires have corroded not broken and it's the reason why the heated seats and the rear windscreen aren't working
 

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It could well be two seperate issues. The tailgate wiring is a known fault.

Have you checked the heated seat fuse?

Corrosion anywhere shouldn't be an issue yet as the cars are still relatively young.

I take it the car is under warranty and they are trying to wriggle out of fixing it.

Repair sections are available for doing the hatch wiring.
 

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It's not under warranty. Do you think it's a good idea to get someone else to look at it rather than the dealership?
 

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I think you would be better off taking the car to an independent specialist. Dealers tend not to be very good when it comes to fixing cars.

Where abouts are you?

Someone can probably point you towards one which is local to you.
 

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Corroded wires already! Sounds suspicious to me. As advised by others see if there is an independent Alfa specialist near to you, or an auto electrician possibly. As Mito_ No3 says, get the dealer to show you the corrosion, doubt if they will be able to!

Fuse for rear window is F30 in the engine compartment fusebox and fuse for heated seats is F61 located in fusebox, left-hand side of luggage compartment under side cover, though manual states to contact Alfa Romeo Authorized Services to access it! Why?
 
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Feel better after these comments. I did feel a bit suspicious after they told me this and just said its an expensive repair around £900 but didn't give and exact figure! I live in Chorley Lancashire of anyone can recommend somewhere
 

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Plenty near me in the south which is no help at all, but a search on various Alfa forums indicates that Ferdi in Lytham is respected.

Ferdis Garage
 

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Feel better after these comments. I did feel a bit suspicious after they told me this and just said its an expensive repair around £900 but didn't give and exact figure! I live in Chorley Lancashire of anyone can recommend somewhere
I live in Clayton le Woods G&S auto electricians in Chorley have a good reputation they are on the estate near B&Q and Aldi The dealers wouldn't be Blackburn Motorpark by any chance
 

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I had it booked in at G and S the day after I took it for the oil service. But panicked when the dealership told me the cost so cancelled it. I rang Alfa direct and I'm waiting for them to call back. You're right the dealership is Blackburn. Do you think they've panicked me for no reason?
 

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I had it booked in at G and S the day after I took it for the oil service. But panicked when the dealership told me the cost so cancelled it. I rang Alfa direct and I'm waiting for them to call back. You're right the dealership is Blackburn. Do you think they've panicked me for no reason?
Probably only been there once for a small warranty job wasn't impressed with the whole experience.
 

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Ok. Back at the dealership today for a separate reason. I've asked more questions after all this advice. They are now saying that it's not corrosion but like someone on here said its a known fault where when the back is opened after a period of time it breaks the loops. They said that you can repair this for cheaper but the problem with still happen again and they are suggesting they replace the whole thing with a newer wire that doesn't break. They also said that they made a mistake a the heated seat isn't the same issue and maybe it's a heating element. It makes me so cross!
I'm going to wait to to speak to Alfa next week and see what they say about the fact that it's an obvious known fault so shouldn't be put in like that then book it in with G and S.
Does this sound ok?
 
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Ok. Back at the dealership today for a separate reason. I've asked more questions after all this advice. They are now saying that it's not corrosion but like someone on here said its a known fault where when the back is opened after a period of time it breaks the loops. They said that you can repair this for cheaper but the problem with still happen again and they are suggesting they replace the whole thing with a newer wire that doesn't break. They also said that they made a mistake a the heated seat isn't the same issue and maybe it's a heating element. It makes me so cross!
I'm going to wait to to speak to Alfa next week and see what they say about the fact that it's an obvious known fault so shouldn't be put in like that then book it in with G and S.
Does this sound ok?
I had my hatch cables changed under warranty and was done as a precaution while it was in for the GPS antenna base to be changed, they were very good but unfortunately this Manchester Alfa dealership has now closed down. The bad thing is we don't have many respected dealers left in the North West so Alfa better get this sorted before the Giulia arrives.

And one other thing copper cables do not corrode :0)
 
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