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Help need urgent help!! balance plugs??

hey guys,

i just got my beautiful 147 selespeed back from service today and (after being majorly ripped off) they told me there's a leak in my gearbox and something about the balance plugs that need replacing in it, and the labor alone on the job will be 12 hrs worth!!!

this is definitely not worth it for me and i'm probably better off selling it

if i do i'd probably end up with a golf gti, and no more an alfa driver.

so my fellow alfisti, here is a chance to save one of your very own from turning to the dark side, pls advise me, are they bull****ting me? is there even a need to get rid of my bella??? pls tell me there isn't, i prefer her to any other car out there anyway and if i know she's gonna be fine i'm more than happy to keep her

thanks guys,

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Re: need urgent help!! balance plugs??

Balance plugs? What are they? I hope someone else knows because its one I've not heard of. Maybe they have a different name locally than in the UK?

Taking the gearbox off always takes a long time, although 12 hours is a very long time! You could find an independent garage that will be a lot cheaper but it might also be worth you finding out the exact problem first. My old 155 has had a gearbox gasket oil leak for 5 years now. It loses about an egg cup full per month or two so as long as I top it up from time to time it's just fine. If the problem isn`t dangerous you might be able to live with it for years and years.

Get a second opinion, preferably from an independent Alfa specialist is my advice.
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What Chris said, 12 hours does seem excessive so get a second opinion.
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