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Hi all, just after some thoughts and advice really if possible. My scenario is as follows:

I purchased my first Alfa (2.0 petrol GT JTS) just over a year ago and my Alfa experience is just how I had imagined, beautiful car, great to drive and have thoroughly enjoyed every minute thus far.

Its just had its first major service after 10k miles (its just on 100k now) and I had a new cambelt fitted just after purchase as well. Unfortunately and very recently it started to run incredibly sluggishly with the horrible sound and sight of the engine management light flashing at me.

I took it too my local garage initially and they said that its not a compression issue but needs to go to a main dealer so it can be plugged in to the correct computer so to speak, having done this they have advised that they suspect it either needs valves or (and this is what they think) injectors replacing.

They are not 100% sure but its going to cost me circa 500 to get an accurate diagnosis rising to 1250 if it is the injectors. I'm absolutely gutted as the recent service cost me 600 quid, I absolutely love the car but I can't really justify spending that sort of cash on it, but then again how can I sell it as it is ??

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated...
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injectors are pretty common on the jts engines. Where abouts in the country are you? Autolusso do an injector cleaning service.
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Ditch the main dealer, go to an independent.

Autolusso offer an injector cleaning/refurb service, so that could be a much better option for you.

Where in the country are you?
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Keep away from the main dealers, they're useless. A good indie like autolusso will sort you out.
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Check out the map in my signature for a local specialist. It's by no means complete (we're working on it), but does at least already cover a vast swathe of the UK

Specialist is definitely the way forwards.
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Paul sorry to repeat what the lads have already said, but you need to get to a specialist. Have a word with Ned at Autolusso. They will sort you out, and let you know categorically where you stand. I wouldn't believe every word you have been told so far, until Autolusso has had a look at her. The lads are trustworthy and honest and know their stuff inside out back to front..

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Sounds like utter bull they have fed you here and they are clearly guessing or shockingly are already planning to fleece you. Drop them and get it to a good independent.

I am not sure how it can have good compression but might be a valves issue. That would be a new one on me.

EML light can be as simple as a loose connection, exhaust leak or breather hose. Once the light is on it can be sluggish as the ECU will put the car into "limp" (self protection) mode.

It could be expensive but don't let this garage learn on your car. Take it to a specialist independent.
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JTS suddenly starts misfiring, EML flashing? 90% it's just a coil, 15 mins to replace and you're away again.
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Cheers for the advice guys, I'm in the Tunbridge Wells area in Kent, will look them up and give them a shout.

Once again much appreciated.
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