Bearings and a lot of parts are not specific to Alfa Romeo. You can use Techdoc to find how they interchange with other brands. Also by knowing the size of bearings you can order them from any supplier as Motion or Skeans. The same works almost for any rubber part. In Europe you can find huge quantity of aftermarket suppliers for Alfa, from no name Chinese companies to Bosch, TRW and Schaefer. Do research before you spend money, try to use cross-references. Some of them are even built in in ePer.I have seen more and more Giulias and Stelvios up in the Toronto area.
The biggest headache with Alfas and other Italian Marquis that cater to those who can afford less than 100k is the cost of repairs, especially where parts are hard to come by via the 3rd party network. Someone parting with $100k can afford a $1200 tune up but many parting with $50 will have a hard time dealing with high maintanence costs.
There would be more healthy 164's running around if things like bearings and struts were more easily obtained and did not cost stupid amounts of $$$. Why did it cost me nearly $110 U.S. for 2 foams, 2 rubbers and 2 bearings for my Boge struts when I can but a complete set of front and rear struts for my wife's Nissan for $450 Canadian? What is the difference between a $30 Ford bearing and $100 Alfa one? Little I thing, in regards to cost of manufacturing, but as one is made to fit many models and the other is model specific....you see the problem. If the 3rd party parts distributorship does not pick up on Alfa parts, the cars will suffer the same fate. I can go to a VW repair shop and pick up a part for a VW that will also fit an Audi, Porsche in many cases. Time will tell.
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