Indipendant Alfa specialists in Leicester??
Hi all. I bought a used 2005 156 JTS (full history and 65k miles) about a month ago and after about 1000miles of beautiful motoring it has developed what I understand to be a fairly common problem: I can't select 4th gear (manual box), having read through the site it appears that the problem could be swarf in the gearbox end casing or a plastic bush under the cat. I have tried to explain this to my local garage, who claim to be gearbox specialists, but they insist that the whole gearbox needs to come out rather than trying these solutions.
I bought the car with a warranty that covers mechanical failiure, but obviously if the garage take the box out and discover its just swarf or a worn bush then I will be stuck with the bill for removal and refit of the box. So I was thinking of getting the items I listed checked first before any other work is carried out as to avoid paying silly money for something that is/should be a simple, cheap fix.
So, my question is: Are there any good Alfa/gearbox specialists in the Leicestershire area that members here would recomend, who know the common faults with these cars?
Much gratitude in advance.