Went to check the oil level last night for the first time after the "reconditioning" by my local shop. First of all, what a PITA just to check the oil level! Has anyone found a way to do it without removing the 2 panels in front of the engine? More importantly, there seems to be conflicting information out there regarding whether the dipstick should be screwed in all the way or resting on top of the threads when checking the oil level. Both my paper and PDF manuals state to check the oil with the dipstick screwed in, yet I've also seen online "rest the dipstick on top of the threads". Can anyone give me a definitive answer, please?
Also, is there anyway to "bleed" the thermostat housing without removing the fuel tank?
I owned and worked on Alfa Romeos for many years. I always loved the cars but thought they could be unnecessarily tough to work on. I have to say, the Scarabeo makes working on an ALFA look like a walk in the park!