Just wanted to share my recent experience with you all.
I have a 147 that's over 3 years old and needed a little bit of work doing. As it was outside of the warranty I didn't want to go to Alfa, so searched out an independant specialist near to Manchester.
Thankfully I found Albertos Motore which is just outside of Ashton under Lyme. The chap has been dealing with Alfas for years. He was very friendly, cheap and seemed to be very reliable ( I was chatting to some of his customers whilst I was there)
for £93 I got:
An engine clean
10 ltres of oil
Oil filter change
My remote key working again
Diagnosis of water leak
Just wanted to share m experience with other Alfa owners in the north