Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Macomb, Michigan
If it was a used car it most certainly didn't have the bolt tightening at 6000 miles so yes it needs to be done. Again not knowing when the oil was last changed it is best to change it unless you have documentation when it was last done. There is an oil change alert light that comes on when time to do it BUT normally it is based on mileage and use but not actual time. Oil should be changed once a year at least...and more if you put a lot of miles on the car. I never let it go to the maximum allowed....I am old school and like to change oil more often....oil is cheap compared to an engine failure. Assuming you have another 6000 miles on since you got it and unknown when the oil was last changed....or if it was....it certainly needs to be changed.
Those prices are quite high at that first quote.....just the bolt tightening should be around $1000 or less generally. An oil change is $145 roughly. A Fiat /ALFA dealer will charge less than a Maserati/ALFA dealer it seems. Some times they will throw in extra items which can raise the price....like an air filter exchange, windshield wiper replacement, brake fluid flush, etc. The lesson is....make sure you agree in advance to what they will do at the service....and stick to the work recommended in the users manual.
If the other quote of $700 includes both the bolt tightening AND oil change that is a bargain. Just make sure that the work they do is the complete process required by ALFA and not a partial job. The complete bolt tightening sequence is quite elaborate and takes time...as I recall about 8-10 hours. You can find a description in our technical section about what has to be done.
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Last edited by RKBerta; 10-19-2018 at 11:09 PM.