Firstly apologies as this is going to be a long one.
Basically looking a bit of advice and thought this was maybe the best place to start...or finish.
I'm the proud owner of a 2003 Alfa 147 1.6 TwinSpark. Three weeks before Christmas i was driving home from work and the car stopped dead. Turned out it was the timing belt broke. This took my mechanic two weeks to fix (my car was low priority to him) anyways 18th Dec my car was delivered to me - £700. Was just glad to get my car back at that point.
The mechanic weirdly asked me had the car any body damage when it broke down, it hadn't. He then said that someone must have run a key up the side of it when he towed it to his garage (the weekend before he decided to fix it he left it on the street). He said he will pay to get it fixed etc, it was only the next day in daylight that i seen the scratch, around 600 pound worth of damage. Anyways car was running okay, for awhile, then drove 15 miles and the heating stopped, which i thought very weird.
All of a sudden the temp gauge reached top, and the car started smoking and cut out. Turned out the tube that connects the water tank to the engine wasn't tightened properly and came off, losing water. Got this back on until i got home, next day took it to the mechanic, he fixed the clip and said nothing about it.
Since then the car had absolutely no power and was sluggish. Took it back to the mechanic three times, he said it was driving "nice". I refused to drive the car as i had to drive on a motorway to work and the car had that little power i was scared of it dying on me. So basically got to the end of my tether with this mechanic, i went to another who done a diagnostics test which said the front and rear lambda sensors (the engine light had been on for about 8 months, original mechanic was to order them, never did).
So the second mechanic took one look at the first mechanics name and said he couldn't do the job. His thinking was if it wasn't the sensors and was related to the original job then he didn't want to be involved.
The car is now booked into Alfa Romeo this Wednesday as I'm at my wits end!
I've been to citizens advice bureau regarding the issue, they said if the current fault is down to original work then the first mechanic is liable.
Has anyone any information on things like this or had any experience of this before.
Its been a very stressful 6 weeks because of this.