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took my car for a service

so i took my car for a service after calling them and making sure on prices and i was told that oil change is 150, bolt tightening is 700 and brake fluid change is 400 plus
at the dealership the person confirmed the charges

so i left the car yesterday for all this things to be done

this morning i get a message that they will be charging me more
instead 700 for bolts it would be 1300
instead 150 oil change will be 350
instead brake flush over 400 it would be 700

after that they wanted to make sure that i am satisfied

i was told that they had to call different places to find out how much to charge

and fixed fee for bolt tightening around is 1700 minimum

so i got mad for waisting the time and i asked them just to do the oil change

anyway i will do the bolt service, but a little later

i did call few places and oil change and brake flush was 550 as done all together, bolt service was between 1700 to 2000


so i was wondering why is it so complicated to do brake fluid flush on 4C?
can i do that my self? I know i can do the oil change in the future

Also i thought it would be a great project in the winter, to take the time to do the bolt tightening my self ( i can imagine that it is very complicated)
do you think it is unrealistic?

any one else things it be possible to find out the process?
imagine if there was a how to do it and it could be a great way to get to know the car and easier to keep it long term

what do you think of all of this?
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Regarding the brake fluid, I did it with a Motive pressure bleeder (I use it for all my cars). Other than removing the hood (no big deal), there wasn't anything unique about it. It just cost me the price of the fluid, which is cheap.
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I don’t own a 4C yet but wow those numbers are high. I own a BMW and talked to someone with a 4C and they said taking care of it is no different than a bmw regarding $$$. Also mentioned it’s no different than a abarth

How often to you have to get the bolts tightened?
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so i took my car for a service after calling them and making sure on prices and i was told that oil change is 150, bolt tightening is 700 and brake fluid change is 400 plus
at the dealership the person confirmed the charges

so i left the car yesterday for all this things to be done

this morning i get a message that they will be charging me more
instead 700 for bolts it would be 1300
instead 150 oil change will be 350
instead brake flush over 400 it would be 700

after that they wanted to make sure that i am satisfied

i was told that they had to call different places to find out how much to charge

and fixed fee for bolt tightening around is 1700 minimum

so i got mad for waisting the time and i asked them just to do the oil change

anyway i will do the bolt service, but a little later

i did call few places and oil change and brake flush was 550 as done all together, bolt service was between 1700 to 2000


so i was wondering why is it so complicated to do brake fluid flush on 4C?
can i do that my self? I know i can do the oil change in the future

Also i thought it would be a great project in the winter, to take the time to do the bolt tightening my self ( i can imagine that it is very complicated)
do you think it is unrealistic?

any one else things it be possible to find out the process?
imagine if there was a how to do it and it could be a great way to get to know the car and easier to keep it long term

what do you think of all of this?
What do I think? I think you‘ve been well and truly screwed over. So they’ve obviously got nobody who has done the factory training for the 4C in their shop as they would have known what is involved and how long it should take. I’d go elsewhere, if there is an elsewhere to go. It reminds me of a line from the Flintstones when Fred was being ripped off by some catering service. Their reply to Freds’ protests was “We’re the only caterers in town”. (Shows you my level of culture)
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Taking mine in for service first time on monday, i'll update on how it goes.

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All dealers get info from head office on estimated time to do particular tasks - your dealer should/would have that info when quoting.

You are getting shafted with a pineapple, quoting one price, then inflating that price dramatically is disgraceful - tell them where to go.

I had a similar experience here in Australia with my Alfa Dealer - they will never see my car again!

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For reference points... My brake bleed at my race shop (I supply fluid) is $200 - $250. I typically do it myself with the Motive Pressure bleeder, as it is quite quick to do (if I don't accidentally drain the reservoir).

Bolt service is typically in the $1500, so you were given a very unreasonable pricing.

Please keep in mind, that the service costs are quite expensive at the Alfa dealerships. I was quoted $550 for changing the spark plugs.. Had a heart attack, and did it at home for $70 and less than 1 hour. I ONLY use the dealership for bolt service and warranty work, nothing else. I have trained a local race shop to do all of my other work....
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For reference points... My brake bleed at my race shop (I supply fluid) is $200 - $250. I typically do it myself with the Motive Pressure bleeder, as it is quite quick to do (if I don't accidentally drain the reservoir).

Bolt service is typically in the $1500, so you were given a very unreasonable pricing.

Please keep in mind, that the service costs are quite expensive at the Alfa dealerships. I was quoted $550 for changing the spark plugs.. Had a heart attack, and did it at home for $70 and less than 1 hour. I ONLY use the dealership for bolt service and warranty work, nothing else. I have trained a local race shop to do all of my other work....
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Even $350 for 5 qts of oil and a filter is stupid.... maybe $150 is tolerable. It is a little of a pain on this car but I do it myself. Would be a snap with a lift

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Wow, these are Porsche and Ferrari prices territory. Owning these cars are a little more costly than I thought.
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post #10 of 56 (permalink) Old 04-05-2019, 11:04 AM
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Just had my bolt service done for $899. It took them a LOT longer than they thought, but they honored the price. I doubt they'll give me that price 2 years from now.
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