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I have only joined around 2 days ago, and have noticed that everyone regularly comments on how expensive Alfa Dealers are. My personal experience is that they are very very reasonable. Is it because they are cheaper in Australia?

For example I just had my 3 litre 166 serviced at 80000kms and had a faulty headlight bulb replaced and a drivers side engine mount replaced too. All up including labour, parts and oils etc the cost was $290 Australian Dollars. Thats about 160 euro's. Is that more or less than what you guys pay in Europe and other places?
 

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my 156 goes in for its 24,000 mile (40,000km) service in a couple of weeks, the dealer it's going to have said £230 (548 aussie dollars)

count yourself lucky!:eek:
 

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not sure, i've had a couple of audi's but they were company cars so i never really looked at the invoice when it got serviced:lol: if i were to hazard a guess i'd say ze germans will be even more expensive than alfa:eek:
 

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I don't think Alfa Delaers are too bad at striaght forward servicing, its when something else goes wrong with the car they get expensive.
 

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Labour charges are extortionate - a specialist will charge up to half as much. Price parts are unbelievably expensive.

Example - a dealer quoted me £190 for the heat exchanger around the oil filter housing (the part only). My local specialist charged me £120. Add the cost of fitting and the specialist charged just about the same as the dealer charges for the part alone.

No wonder that most people go straight to specialists as soon as the warranty period ends.

Paul.
 

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But I don't think Alfa dealers are really any worse than other dealers in terms of cost.
 

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a normal service on my old car (focus 2.0) cost me about £125 at the local main dealer. alfa's labour rates are probably a bit more than ford's so the rest is probably the cost of the selenia etc etc

uk car dealers have seen their margin on car sales tighten in recent years due to buyers being a bit more savvy, so they just make their money elsewhere by charging silly money for servicing and so on

i was once told that the car industry refer to the uk as "treasure island". bloody rip-off merchants:mad:
 
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