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broken spring advice

My left rear spring broke. I called a couple of alfa specialists around me. I was quoted between 180 to 300 to change one spring?? I feel im getting robbed.

My father changed one for mondeo, paid 25 for spring and 50 for labour..
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Are you giving us advice on the cost to change a spring or asking for it?

If asking for it a bit more information on you and your car would be of use (what mode, engine, trim etc, and where you are).
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Im asking for advice. Its 159 , 1.9 jtdm ti.
Im in north london.
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Don't replace with a rubbish OEM one. Get the Eibach set for the 159 Ti that you can get from Alfisti.net and just get a garage to change the rear set for you, labor should cost no more than 50 an hour, one hour per spring.

The Eibach springs are cheaper and uprated. Save the fronts you get for when the front's break.
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Im asking for advice. Its 159 , 1.9 jtdm ti.
Im in north london.
Cheers for the extra info, the Ti has different springs to Lusso spec etc, luckily it makes it easier as other companies offer similar spec to your oEM ones.
Alfisti are good value for the springs, or try TMC motorsport , 99. My own Ti springs snapped within 200 miles of each other (and in the same place!), and they are a known failure (assuming it's the rears?!), so strongly suggest you replace both on the axle. For the price, you may as well do all four. The Eibach will be far better quality and will improve the ride over the OEM ones (made by Sachs), they are maybe 5mm lower, but I've personally not had any issues.

If you have the budget, try the Bilstein B4 shocks too (inspect the current ones for leaks before starting, then you can order replacements if needed).

Most garages should be able to do the job, so if you can get your dad's garage to do them at 50 a corner, then go for it. Otherwise there are a number of good independents who will be far more reasonable (knowledgeable and helpful) than many of the authorized dealers

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ex: Punto 55s, Golf Mk5 1.4FSi, A3 (8P) Sportback 2.0TDi SE, A4 (B8) 2.0TDI S-Line, 306 HDI Meridian

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Just don't get OEM again. Overpriced and rubbish in my experience, not just with springs.

That's a fantastic deal that giblets posted, UK free delivery also. I paid around 150 for mine from Germany Alfisti.
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I had 4 eibach's fitted to my previous Brera a couple of years ago and I think the total cost was around 200 at my local Alfa specialist. Slightly lowered and looked much better. Apparently much better quality than the standard springs as well.

Cost of the Eibach springs should be about 140 incl shipping from Alfist in Germany, although you can probably get them in the UK as well..

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I too had the broken spring issue this year and agree with others advice on Eibachs. I too ordered from Alfisti for springs and B4 dampers as being they were almost 8 years old and didn't add any cost to the job of replacing the springs it seemed sensible in case a damper failed after fitting the new springs and they haven't made the ride harsh in my opinion just better.
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I might have made a mistake... I needed the car for tonight so went to a local alfa specialist... And he fitted a normal spring from eurocarparts not one for ti so basically that side of car is sitting 1.5 cm higher now...
I though he would know such things

So what should i do now? Is it safe to drive shall i change it again to eibachs?
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I might have made a mistake... I needed the car for tonight so went to a local alfa specialist... And he fitted a normal spring from eurocarparts not one for ti so basically that side of car is sitting 1.5 cm higher now...
I though he would know such things

So what should i do now? Is it safe to drive shall i change it again to eibachs?
Can you name? This is a basic error (hence asking in my first post!), is it possible the spring has not settled? (drive it round the block), I would not drive it much if possible personally, as it will upset the balance/ braking. As he has supplied and fitted the incorrect part he should put it right (i.e pay for the correct part and fitting), I would or suggest you will supply the parts and get a refund.

To note EuroCarParts and virtually all the other companies where you put the Reg in their website always get the parts wrong for the Ti spec cars, never trust the brake sizes especially!
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He told me he wanted to be honest and after fitting it said its not the right part...

Giusepe at gianco south harrow.

I paid him, but he suggested if i bring the right part he will change it for free.

Plus he said its no problem you can drive on this one it doesnt make a difference. Is that correct?
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I had all sorts of problems on my current Brera after Bilstien B4's were fitted along with the Eibachs. The car was raised an inch or two. Had to get the springs sorted out by a specialist company. Didn't have the problem when only the springs were replaced though...
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He told me he wanted to be honest and after fitting it said its not the right part...http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/image...s/paranoid.gif

Giusepe at gianco south harrow.

I paid him, but he suggested if i bring the right part he will change it for free.

Plus he said its no problem you can drive on this one it doesnt make a difference. Is that correct?

Sounds like he was honest and fair about it then, get the eibachs and swap the lot.

Surprised about the issue with the Brera, the b4s are the most common swap for the 159 and no complaints I've seen.
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Always change springs as an axle set.
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Thanks for advice guys.
Im short on money. U think i can still drive on one ti one normal spring for a couple of weeks?
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Enough people drive about on broken springs and only realise at mot time, so while it is not a good idea, it will be fine for a short time if you are careful.

Get matching springs as soon as you can though because currently you are knowingly driving with compromised handling and braking. I don't know if this is committing an offence but it can't be a good idea and it is clearly not doing your peace of mind much good!
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