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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 10-19-2018, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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12k miles service

my car is almost at 12k miles

i got it when it had about 6k miles

should i wit for message to appear on the screen to do the service?

also is that the time to do bolt tightening?

i called maserati alfa romeo dealer and they told me bolt tightening and oil change will be $1600

then i called another place also Alfa romeo and they told me the same bolt tightening and oil change is around 700

oil change it self is around 250
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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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my car is almost at 12k miles



i got it when it had about 6k miles



should i wit for message to appear on the screen to do the service?



also is that the time to do bolt tightening?



i called maserati alfa romeo dealer and they told me bolt tightening and oil change will be $1600



then i called another place also Alfa romeo and they told me the same bolt tightening and oil change is around 700



oil change it self is around 250


Go with Alfa @$700


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I paid $685 for the bolt tightening from an Alfa dealer, no oil change.
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I paid $875.00 for the Bolt service, $125.00 for the oil change and had the Brake Fluid Flush done at the same time, as the "Hood" is off for the Bolt Service. Saves you $ on the Labor. I could (can) really feel the difference in the Brakes. BTW, I am in the SF metro area and the Labor Rates are relatively high.
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Do the oil change yourself. It is not that difficult and you can save about $150
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so finally weather is better and i want to take the car for the service even though i don't have any service message

so i call to make the appointment to the same place that told me then that oil change and bolt tightening be around 700

now they told me that 1300 for bolts, 300 for oil change and 700 for brake fluid flash

that is crazy

so i call another place that last time asked more and this time they tell me oil change and bolts around 500 and brake flush around 300

so i tell them how every one gives me different numbers and i am confused
what they told me is that the car is new and they don't have much experience with how much they should charge and they will call me again after talking to other dealerships to get a clue how much to charge

i will ask them to email me so i have in writing
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Find a good tech. They’re worth their weight in therapy expenses.
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Find a good tech. They’re worth their weight in therapy expenses.
That’s right. The best route is to find a specialized shop. I was quoted $499 for just an oil change at a fiat/Maserati/Alfa dealer in Van Nuys, ca, while Madness Autoworks (a specialized shop) only charges $169 for that same service.
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