There's a non franchise Alfa specialist in Newcastle, Lyles 0191 273 0700
Top of the hill on the way out west past the Hospital as your heading out of the toon towards Hexham. Seem to be a bit cheaper than the main dealer. They used to be a main dealer about 10 years ago but Alfa cut down the number of francises and they lost out through no fault of their own.
They seem to be OK. Know a lot about Alfa's I trusted them with a couple of services which have generally been better than the dealer, Mind they managed to make a slight mess of fitting a helicoil into my oil plug, they were not responsible for the problem thread crossing that was the Alfa dealer. Only noticed 6000 miles later when I did my oil change what damage the dealer had done. Inspecting Lyles remedial work later I realised It was actualy very difficult job. The helicoil had to be exactly perfect to avoid needing a thick O ring on the plug to avoid oil leek, so I've forgiven them on that.
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