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when alfa romeo does return to the states eventually - do you think the new dealerships will service our spiders?

probably wont make much of a difference to us since most of us probably already have independent specialized mechanics that we go to - but i was just wondering.

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I'm sure they will service all Alfas, but I wouldn't want to pay dealership rates unless they have people who are familiar with the older models. Furthermore, I don't see how they would be more experienced than those mechanics who have been servicing Alfas for many years...

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Even if they do (which I honestly doubt) I'm sure they won't know a thing about the older Alfas.
 

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It's the same every where, for decades Alfa was nearly unknown except for the few Alfisti in most markets. Then came the 156 and all of a sudden 10000s was sold, new dealerships were added (in my country, Denmark) mostly Fiat dealers. Their service and repair staff has no knowledge of and interest in the classic models.
Keep to your old and trusted specialists.
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I'm sure they will service all Alfas, but I wouldn't want to pay dealership rates unless they have people who are familiar with the older models. Furthermore, I don't see how they would be more experienced than those mechanics who have been servicing Alfas for many years...

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I am certain that they wont work on them but f for some reason they do, most likely will charge an arm and two legs to do it.
My honest opinion is they will not want to see a spider, 164, GTV6, Milano or anything else older than 2009/10/11 or whatever.
It will be a waste of time. They will nickel and dime you to death because they don't want to work on them. I have seen it before with existing dealers. If your lucky you can find someone in these dealers that will love to work on whatever older Alfa you have.
I am also sure that most of the mechanics will be newly trained for the newer vehicles and may have some of the older guys (in existing Alfa network) that where trained for older V6 and 4 cyl on staff as well but again they will most likely turn you down.(at least a new dealership)

If you have an independent that does a good job now, stick with him.
Keep the independents alive. They will have better knowledge on the car and most likely better rates as well.
If you buy a new alfa then take it to the dealership or as some call it the stealership.

Whom ever your using now, just stick with them. If they are good and charge the average rate, no need to take it to an alfa dealer when they come back in 2010ish....

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Hmm..., I see a spotty youth open the bonnet of your Spider and spend 23 minutes trying to figure out where to plug in the 2007 Engine Management System Monitoring Computer Interface Harness. Having failed, you will still be billed for an hour of labour and 10 bucks for "secure disposal of waste products".

Or you could save your time and the petrol to drive there and sit in a comfy chair burning 20 dollar bills.
 

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I found an Alfa authorized Alfa mechanic in boonton new jersey I talked to him for about two hours and seems to know his stuff.Alfa use to send this guy around the united states to trouble shoot problems.His prices seem to be affordible/reasonable as far as working on them.His name is Sal/SAL'S AUTO REPAIR, BOONTON ,NEW Jersey No Relation,Phone# Is 1-973-335-5373 sometimes he's not in keep trying.
 

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I found an Alfa authorized Alfa mechanic in boonton new jersey I talked to him for about two hours and seems to know his stuff.Alfa use to send this guy around the united states to trouble shoot problems.His prices seem to be affordible/reasonable as far as working on them.His name is Sal/SAL'S AUTO REPAIR, BOONTON ,NEW Jersey No Relation,Phone# Is 1-973-335-5373 sometimes he's not in keep trying.
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Please check for references (as in patrons who will vouch for someone's work quality, honesty, prices) BEFORE trusting a "mechanic" who is already very well known in the NJ area and whose work reputation can be easily verified.

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Hi,

I am pretty assured for you US guys that although the Alfa dealership will be obliged to accept for servicing any Alfa Romeo car, their attitude towards an older Alfa will be at least ... keep off!

My personal experience with official dealers last week was shocking. I own a rather not so old Alfa; A 1991 Alfa 33 IE where the negative pole connector has cracked and it not kept securely on the battery terminal. So while waiting to pick up some items I had on order, I asked the guy in charge to help me with my inquiry. He was a polite guy, wearing a uniform with Gruppo badges :p and having a nice smile, he asked me how should he help me. I say ... "well sir I have a problem with my car, it is right outside". Sure he says ... he walks towards the shop door and asks ..."what model do you have?" and I say " ... well, an Alfa 33 Nuova".
He stops, the smile on his face went away and started a kind of mumble conversation going like ... "well it is a old model, there are no spare parts available any more" and the such. Imagine that I didn't already tell the problem ... after all it is a cheap battery pole connector; it is not related on old or newer models...

Bottomline ... his last words were "we are dealing with new models 156 or 147 ...":rolleyes:
 

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when alfa romeo does return to the states eventually - do you think the new dealerships will service our spiders?

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Actually, I think it is possible depending on who ends up with dealerships. Our local Ferrari Alfa dealership, Tonkins, continued to work on them when Alfa pulled the plug, and has continued to support the mark over the years. Unfortunately, with Maserati and Fiat in the mix, in hear rumors that he may not be awarded a dealership again. Their loss, and ours, if not.

On a similar subject, our local Triumph bike dealer won't touch an old Triumph. That hurts their credibility a lot!
 

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Frankly, I am inclined to rely on my shop manual and my left and right hand. We can get pretty much any part that any dealer or mechanic can get and if we can't get it, neither can they. It may take me longer than an alfa mechanic but I'll get it done right.
 

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im looking forward to being able to go in and get OE parts and most of all, fluids and greases and oils.

i do remember my local chrysler dealer selling S4s (which i, at age 17, thought at the time were ugly, from the seat of my X 1/9 - which now i think was ugly. ironic)

at the time, i just assumed it was another buy-out by Lee Iacocca's Chrysler , along with jaguar, and lamborghini, and lotus and so many other boutique manufacturers on the decline of the nineties. now though, i guess i was wrong about that.

what was the chrysler/alfa connection?
 

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im looking forward to being able to go in and get OE parts and most of all, fluids and greases and oils.

i do remember my local chrysler dealer selling S4s (which i, at age 17, thought at the time were ugly, from the seat of my X 1/9 - which now i think was ugly. ironic)

at the time, i just assumed it was another buy-out by Lee Iacocca's Chrysler , along with jaguar, and lamborghini, and lotus and so many other boutique manufacturers on the decline of the nineties. now though, i guess i was wrong about that.

what was the chrysler/alfa connection?
COMPANY NEWS; Chrysler to Distribute Alfa Romeos in U.S. - New York Times
 

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i would imagine that the only reason they would want to service your spider, is to help it die quckly and try to sell you a new alfa.
 

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The only hope would be if the new Alfa dealerships recruit mechanics from independent shops who are still familiar with the old cars. Otherwise, forget it. And even if they do, you'll then have to contend with dealership pricing....egad.

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Yes sure they will happily service your Alfa. Just bring in your parts that you can order cheaper online and expect to pay "dealer" labor rates...OUCH :) The dealers probably have no clue on where to order/obtain parts for our "older" Alfas.

And don't forget to bring your shop manual with you, so the mechanics can thumb through them to see the correct way to R&R.
 

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well theres still another side to this.

NOS and OE parts are not impossible to find. That lady in Berkeley at alfaparts, still orders stuff for me all the time from AR. just not if theyve ceased providing it.

she even gets the part quick after ordering it. just because AR left the US doesnt mean that all is dead. spiders were sold around the world and parts for them are still at many of the dealerships in those far regions.

i got a buddy in Tahiti who has gotten me alfa parts from the dealership there.
 

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On a similar subject, our local Triumph bike dealer won't touch an old Triumph. That hurts their credibility a lot!
i know its off topic but yea even when i had a ducati "dealer" around here, i couldnt even get an oil filter or timing belts for my then 12 year old 907IE!!

most "dealers" want only the new models in their service depts...

to bad for us and them really.....


doug hunt
ps:its now 15 years old and makes me grin every time i take her out for a spin!!!
 
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