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Had to take my 145 QV for itís first repair today and was reasonably pleased with the outcome. I thought I was going to need a new Exhaust down pipe but luckily they can weld it for just £30 rather than the £200 odd it would have cost for a new one. Theyíre also doing a gearbox oil change for just £25.00, which is a lot better than spending a whole morning doing it yourself.

The main problem had was the infamous engine stutter/rough Idle. This was also accompanied by the injection light staying on for a few seconds every other day and the temperature gauge having a mind of itís own.

Anyway to cut a long story short they hooked it up and have told me a Coolant sensor had gone wrong (not sure what the proper name is), which theyíll supply and fit for £90.00.

Whatís the proper name for the sensor and do you think these prices are goof/fair/high?
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Engine coolant sensor I think. It tells the brain how hot the engine is. Prices don't seem bad at all.
FFS make sure they put the proper Tutela oil back in. It's a weird viscosity. My independant put "normal" oil in and I couldn't get second gear at all until it warmed up. It was like mixing concrete with a wooden spoon! They changed the oil immediately I mentioned the viscosity of the proper stuff. It's in the back of your handbook!
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If its the water temp sensor then the price seems a bit steep to me. The part is about £25 and fitting takes a couple of minutes.

Perhaps they are draining the coolant too but its not necessary.

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Don't know what age your car is, but a temp sensor for my '99 car was around £12 and took a couple of minutes to fit (screws into the thermostat housing on the right of the engine).

My temp guage had a mind of its own lat year. Basically the more electrical equipment I had turned on the hotter it read. e.g turn up the interior fan a notch and the temp went up 10 degrees! If the cooling fan came on, it went off the top of the scale! - very worrying until I realised what was going on

Changing the temp sensor made no difference to this and I was on the verge of buying a new instrument pack (£300 eek! ) at one stage as my local Alfa specialist could not find a problem anywhere else. Then one day it stopped doing it and has been fine for around three months. Italian electrics

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Thanks for all your comments. I'll post on Tuesday to let everyone know if replacing the engine collant sensor cures the rough idle/shudder.

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