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Help Recommend a repair garage in Caerphilly area?


I have a 147 1.9 JTDM (8v) Collezione (2007). It recently developed a problem with excessive exhaust smoke so I took it to Lewis Motors on City Road in Cardiff (which is close to where I work and had been recommended by a friend). They diagnosed a fault with the exhaust gas recirculation valve (R & I) and quoted 320 in total to repair. At the time of purchase I also purchased a warranty and asked the garage to obtain approval before doing any work. After 3 days of being unable to contact the warranty company (another story), I collected the car yesterday after work and drove home to Caerphilly (the garage told me it was perfectly safe to drive).

However, on the way home I noticed the gear selection was a bit tricky - this was not a problem before I left the car at the garage on the Wednesday. As I progressed, the gears became increasingly difficult and on several occasions at lights and junctions where I had to stop, I found it nearly impossible to find first when moving on.

Whilst I was obviously having difficulty I felt reasonably confident I could make it home which I did - but only just. On turning the corner into my street, the clutch pedal failed to return to it's normal position and stayed flush to the floor. A low oil pressure warning light came on and as I was not able to put the car in neutral, the engine stalled. It is parked securely outside my house but is plainly not at all drive-able.

I telephone Lewis Motors this morning and they swear blind that they did not touch the engine or gearbox and merely lifted the cover for a visual inspection before calling the warranty company. Naturally I am skeptical as there was nothing wrong with the gears before leaving it at the garage.

Anyway, there's my story. What I need now is a solid recommendation for a garage that knows what it's doing and won't make things worse. With a bit of googling I have found that Bridgend Motor Works has a good rep for ARs but that's a fair trek from Caerphilly. Can anyone recommend anything closer or is BMW (hehe) my best bet?


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sounds like the clutch slave cylinder is failing? leaking ? quite common on 156/147 motors

as for garages i was going to suggest the bridgend garage as it has a great rep.. but there is a south wales section further down the forum would be worth asking in there too
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A mate of mine runs New Sandon garage behind quick fit on Newport road, he's not an Alfa specialist but from what you describe it doesnt really need one and he'll will do a good job and wont rip you off , egr valve is a simple job, about 70 for parts and about half an hour to fit, The clutch slave is on the outside of the box on most of the jtd's but I'm not sure if its the same as the later 147's, it might be a concentric cylinder which will need the box out to change.
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