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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-08-2015, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs down Alfa mechanic ALERT!! Brisbane

The worst mechanics you can take any car to in Brisbane, especially an Alfa Romeo.

My Alfa was in there for 5 months out 6! reason?

1, wrongly diagnosed, they replaced the clutch kit twice! because they believed the noise was a faulty throw out bearing.

The problem? Its was a water pump pulley.

The reason they took so long? These so called Alfa specialist in Brisbane, take 5 times longer to do anything because they don't know what they are doing!

They couldn't install simple parts I ended up doing myself, and they will charge you an hours rate for every 5 minute hack job they do.

They take NO care with your car, it will come out with grease on the leather, and scratches on the wheels, and even popped body panels.

They advertise and are one of the sponsors of the Alfa club Brisbane, and cover the back page of their magazine.

Never take your car to these people, they will cost you money and do nothing but give you headaches.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-09-2015, 02:04 AM
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Wow that seems like a seriously well thought out and balanced response from someone acting entirely objectively
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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-12-2015, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
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Well, mechanics like this give Alfa Romeo a bad name. There is nothing wrong with the cars, no more than any other, but amateur mechanics that over state their abilities and rip people off while calling themselves Alfa specialist! when they can`t even diagnose a simple problem, or install simple parts on any car, they shouldn`t be in business, (Q............) are the worst place to go....fortunately I have found a much better mechanic, no thanks to the club.
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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-12-2015, 02:06 AM
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What I don't understand is the point of posting about it on the internet rather that just dealing with it
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post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-12-2015, 03:58 AM Thread Starter
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the point of posting it is to warn others not to fall in the same trap, I am dealing with it, but one of the points of these forums is to help out other drivers, including helping them to avoid dealing with poor quality mechanics such as these. Don`t you agree?
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Many years ago I had similar problem , I paid a fortune to have a Clutch replaced on my 105 because the mechanic had signs all over his workshop saying he was a specialist European mechanic and had experience with Alfas (amongst other cars).
I waited 2 weeks to get the car back. it didn't feel right but I thought it was just me. A few days later I couldn't get it into gear so I had it towed to another place, Turns out the clutch wasn't an Alfa part.
You could see the hammer marks where they smashed into place.

Since I got my first Alfa in 1978 until now, there have been many more stories I could tell.

Likewise , there are some really good mechanic out there too - but they usually know they are good and charge like a wounded bull.

These days I do all the work my self , so I don't have any issues anymore. The 105 & 116 series are pretty easy to work on anyway and that's all I own.

I agree with Alfa56 , we should 'out' these people. The point of posting it on a forum is so others can learn and not make the same mistake, and so the company / mechanic can pull their head in and lift their game!!
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Perhaps you've had a bad experience with this shop but you should think twice before laying it on the local Alfa club as well. Just saying.

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I agree with you that you should warn people about poor service just like Yelp informs people about restaurants, etc. I had some bad experiences with Alfa service in Los Angeles, California and decided to repair my Alfas by myself including new cars with warranties! I had the dealers service the cars under warranty, but repaired anything that was not covered.
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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-12-2015, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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well, the club promotes this guy, and I think people should know what they are getting in to. another guy I met recently had his car in there for steering box work, that should`ve only taken a couple of days the mechanic keeps reassuring he can do anything etc, and his little 750 was in there for 7 months! and he then had to go elsewhere to not only repair the original problem, but also the ones this mechanic created. the club is supposed to help people find reputable mechanics, so I included them. thank you sammbo, these forums are supposed to help other drivers, they should know where not to go also. As you said, if you can review restaurants, why not mechanics?
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I'm glad I live in Adelaide. We have six or seven indy Alfa specialists here, all of whom are excellent. How could they misdiagnose a crook throwout bearing? They only make noise when your foot is on the clutch. The water pump bearing would have been noisy all the time. I knew that when I was a youngster.

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There's alot of whingeing about the guy, but no actual identification of who he is?

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^this^ .. Who was it?

Did they charge for two clutch replacements?
(Did you authorise the repair, throw up an invoice)

Why would you leave your car with somebody for five months to effect a simple repair or diagnosis?

What have they said or done to resolve the issue that you have with them, or have you just ditched them?

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Sadly these things CAN happen.

My 159Ti went into the local authorised dealer when it dropped its coolant; not an option to take it to my indy unless it was towed.

Thanks to waiting for parts and then them texting me on the wrong number, the car was in there for weeks awaiting authorisation for work to proceed. When I got it back I copped a sizeable invoice. Once at home I discovered a dent in the bonnet and a scratch on one of the wheel rims. They weren't there previously, but I can't assign responsibility to anyone.

These guys are AROCA sponsors as you'd expect. I'm guessing that doesn't necessarily mean they are endorsed by the club. It certainly doesn't mean I'm happy with them and I wouldn't recommend them to any Alfa owner.

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Did Baz from On the Spot Alfa diagnose and fix yours? He sorted mine out! A noisy drive belt tensioner in my case. I was driving the poor guy crazy complaining about the noise. It started after we did the timing / balance belts and water pump.

Drop me a pm, would love to know who you are referring to. Its this sort of feedback that helps other members.

I had a bad experience with John French some years back, they charged me $3,300 for a timing belt & water pump and had the car for some 3 months - a 164 32v V6. Needless to say I have never been back since.

Baz has been a delight to work with and knows his stuff. Am hoping he'll look after our GT when it turns up next week,

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The OP hasn't bothered to come back to the Forum since the day of his last post - signed up to perform a vague scattergun whinge about a mechanic who may or may not exist. Don't hold your breath on a response to your PM.

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