age is only a number
AO Gold Member
Join Date: Aug 2004
Re: Bombshell bill!
As indicated by others above, this is what we in the trade technically call B****x! Unless you are having gear selection issues the cables don't need replacing. There are various heat shields but if its only cracked and not falling off, don't worry. I haven't yet found a TS Alfa that hasn't got a cracked exhaust bracket - they all break and it makes no difference to anything. Exhaust back box - only needs changing if it is blowing - and a standard rule of thumb is that you never let a dealer replace exhausts or tyres - specialists are always cheaper. Handbrake cables - maybe they need doing, but if they do the cost of the new parts is under £40 from eg shop4parts or Alternative Autos, and its less than an hour to fit them....
Don't worry - just get on with enjoying your car....
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