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I've had a quick search and not found much to answer my query, so here goes.

I've got my 36k service on a GT 2.0 JTS due in about a fortnight, so rang the local dealer just outside Solihull and got quoted £700 for the service plus £150 to replace the cam variator whilst theyre at it (its starting to sound a bit like a diesel...).

£850 for a service seems a bit steep to me? I had wanted to get it done at a main dealer to keep the service history looking good but are there any more affordable specialist people can recommend around the Redditch area?

I also have a bunch of work that needs doing under the warrantee i was give when i bought it 6 months ago (an AA one unfortunately not the Alfa one although it was bought from a main dealer in Worcester). The boot lid creaks when its opened, and when driving around, the front suspension is getting a bit creaky and steering feels very vague when braking or you catch a slight rut in the road and last but not least the gear stick moves a good inch or two in any direction whilst the car is in gear and under high revs there is a very expensive sounding metallic rattle from the gearbox.

The dealer i bought it from is now no longer and Alfa main dealer but still covers Fiat.

Am I going to have to take out a mortgage to keep my Bella on the road? Any suggestions would be appreciated!!
 

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Kick the dealer into touch for the servicing. They are very expensive and there are excellent indies out there who will do just as good a job for a fraction of the price. Even if you have to travel a few more miles to get to the indie with the money you save you will still be quids in.
 
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Mate, just find a nearby specialist to do it for you. My missus's dad get's his 10 year old Honda S2000 serviced at Honda without fail every year and it costs him around £300. He says that it will keep the price of the re-sale up but in reality it's not going to give him back the thousands of pounds extra that it's cost him.

For the full service, cambelt, cam variator etc etc you'll be looking at about £600 at a specialist I'd say, maybe even less.

You'll still get an ALFA stamp in your book too which will keep the history looking good if you're into that sort of thing. :thumbs:
 

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I'll give WAD a shout methinks. Its irritating that Guests are the closest and most convenient yet most ludicrously expensive.

Anyone got any thoughts on the warrantee issues? They should -in theory- all be covered, but how much is it likely to cost if theyre not?
 

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I have a GT leased with full maintenance package so no worries for me. however when my wifes 156 was out of warrenty bolocks to the stamps i thought as the car will run for ever and when i do sell it will be for pennies but it will be sold to an Alfasiti
 

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Sounds high, one thing with the 36k service, is its now down for a full belt change, my dealer said he was able to get most of the belt change cost paid by Alfa as it was a change to the original servicing. Worth a try with a garage willing to try for you to see if they can get a few hundred from Alfa. But your car is newer than mine so you might have change belts in service book as 36k? not 72k like mine?. I paid about £360 in the end, Alfa approved Independant.
 

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Just had my 36k main service with the belt change. Had it done at a main service dealer and they did a very good job, sorting out quite a few other niggles I had.

But it was almost £900.

Whilst that is a lot, they did what I wanted, when I wanted it, quickly and I got a good loan car, so it suited me. When I bought the GT I knew that it wouldn't be one of the cheapest cars to run, but for me it's been worth it.
 

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Just had my 36k main service with the belt change. Had it done at a main service dealer and they did a very good job, sorting out quite a few other niggles I had.

But it was almost £900.

Whilst that is a lot, they did what I wanted, when I wanted it, quickly and I got a good loan car, so it suited me. When I bought the GT I knew that it wouldn't be one of the cheapest cars to run, but for me it's been worth it.
so that was value for you then?
 

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Just had my 36k main service with the belt change. Had it done at a main service dealer and they did a very good job, sorting out quite a few other niggles I had.

But it was almost £900.

Whilst that is a lot, they did what I wanted, when I wanted it, quickly and I got a good loan car, so it suited me. When I bought the GT I knew that it wouldn't be one of the cheapest cars to run, but for me it's been worth it.
Blimey! All for a service. See this is why I buy old alfas with +100000 miles on the clock. I service and repair them myself and it doesn't matter cos they are already worth nothing. People respect a wallet full of reciepts just as much as a book full of stamps!!!:thumbs:
 

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so that was value for you then?
It was, because I phoned a few other places and got a similar quote for the belt change and some of the other things which needed doing, but would have had to have gone further afield to get the work done, meaning time off work.

All the work was guaranteed so I have no worries if I have problems with what they did in future.

The cheaper quote I got couldn't guarantee completing the work in two days so was a waste of time for me as I need the car.

I guess sometimes you have to accept that there's a price to pay for owning a decent car :rolleyes:
 

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I take my 156 to Alfaid in Maidstone (it's a bit of a treck for me too but well worth it). Try calling them , Adrian may have a suggestion.

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