I still think that paying 700 for a dog is not that bad, after sorting the dog out, which may cost you 1500, you have a great car !!
can you name any car for 2200 hat has the appeal of an Alfa 156 ?
dont think so !
Mine 156 was listed at £1,300. The trader took my old car as part ex for £800!!!
(even though it was only worth £400 IMO !
So I did in effect get a sub £1000 Alfa and it has been excellent....
As for the author of this orginal thread, All I can say is:
DO YOUR HOMEWORK FIRST!!!
Alfa's are cars that you need to study long and hard first before buying, they need TLC and an owner who is willing to spend time and money on them!
You can't just buy an Alfa with your heart... USE YOUR HEAD "thanks for the advice V6Jon"
That's where you end up in the situation you are in now.
Realisically you bought the car cheap and it had issues... They all do!
The asking price should have told you that.... (see: HOMEWORK)
Ok the clutch has gone etc.etc. Again... if you shopped around for a price of what goes wrong with 156's before hand, you would know that £700 is a realistic price for a replacement clutch albeit on the high side... but they are a nightmare to fit...
Sorry if you may feel offended by these comments but.....
I have no sympathy for anyone who buy's a car blind without knowing the pitfalls first and then complains about it when it inevitably goes wrong!
I personally think that this garage gave you a realistic price to fix the issue but... They also "seen you coming a mile off too"
Both sides to blame IMHO... learn by it!