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Well after treating my Alfa to a new head gasket i got it home and the handle has broke, dont you love alfa's.

Bit annoyed after spending 350 on the head gasket but these things happen.

Got on the phone today to get a quote for a new hande and it came back as 237 new or 120 used, i was amazed.

Is this right, surely i could get the part from somewhere and just get it fiited?

Anyone else had this problem and how much did it cost you?
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This is a common problem on 147s and GTs. Try Shop4Parts for a new handle. Prices are 117 to 136 depending on model / door side. I've just bought one for my GT for 73. Don't know why the GT handle is so much cheaper because they look the same (and have the same monkey metal hinge). Not a difficult diy job but you need to take care not to mark the door card and outside paintwork where the handle locates. I applied masking tape to the area around the handle before removing the existing broken handle. Don't bother with 2nd hand parts as they're not much cheaper and possibly already weakened. I've seen posts on this forum which suggest that the cause is the hinge pin seizing due to corrosion brought on by electrolytic action between the dissimilar metals but my hinge pin was very loose and I noted that the new hinge is also very loose. I think the breakages arise from excessive force when opening a door which is frozen shut in the winter. If your door doesn't open readily on a frosty morning then keep pressing the unlock button on the key fob until the window opens and then open the door from the inside.

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I hope that quote included fitting.
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I hope that quote included fitting.
Yeah those quotes included fitting. I thought it seemed a bit step, but it is from a respected Alfa workshop in Lye, West Midlands which i got recomended from members on the forums.
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It's quite a costly repair I'm afraid! (compared to what you think it would cost)
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Had the same problem last year. I've bought my (brand new) 147 at the end of 2006.
In Croatia, original handle cost aprox. 150 Euros, use one between 80 to 100 Euros.
Waiting for the handle to come from Italy was long and hurtfull. I've been opening my door remotely by lowering my front window...
Repairing cost me "only" 30 Euros.
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