<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Harrison:
<strong>Scooterman... thanks for info - I've heard of this David Lai before - apparently does a bit of work on race prep. too... v.expensive though! It was just shy of £650 he asked for a variator change...!! I'd be interested in speaking to Benchsound... I sometimes you wonder if you really do need an Alfa 'specialist' for these things?!</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">*How* much?! £650?! My word... eek! Still, if he's as good as what the (two/three) reviews I've read say he is,. then he'd (almost!) be worth it. I wonder how much a main dealer would want for such a job? Bearing in mind a simple 24,000 mile serice is £270?!
As for Benchsound - definately ask 'em. They're a "proper" engine shop/garage, if you see what I mean. The sorta place where the aroma of gunk, petrol and oil fill the air, not overly-expensive coffee. Lovely!
They've worked on Saabs, Mercedes, Lexus', BMWs, the works. Mario (he of "Mario The Engine Tuner" fame) has a decent reputation, and has been (from what I've heard) doing "engines" for ages. If he can work on Ferraris, I'm sure an Alfa will be no problem.
There is also a firm in Maldon, the name of which I forget, who work on Maserratis(spelling?!), Ferraris, Lancias and Alfas. I'll dig out Auto Italia and find the name. Davild *Something* race Services or something like that.