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The dreaded MOT time again, and this time she wasn't playing ball. Both upper rear suspension arms and ball joints, track rod ends, tyres, brake pipes, airbag warning light and a lightbulb. 1,800 the sad faced mechanic said. I'll SORN it I said and get back to you. I've spent a whole year being nice to the car and this is how it repays me.

Does anyone know where to get good secondhand parts from in the Northwest? I cannot let it go to the breakers, there is too much love involved, even though it only seems to be one way
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I would get another quote. I can't see 1800 worth. Ball joints & bushes are cheap and you can do it yourself if you have a hammer & a vice.
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The dreaded MOT time again, and this time she wasn't playing ball. Both upper rear suspension arms and ball joints, track rod ends, tyres, brake pipes, airbag warning light and a lightbulb. 1,800 the sad faced mechanic said. I'll SORN it I said and get back to you. I've spent a whole year being nice to the car and this is how it repays me.

Does anyone know where to get good secondhand parts from in the Northwest? I cannot let it go to the breakers, there is too much love involved, even though it only seems to be one way
Take it to an Alfa specialist as all the issues you mention with the suspension are normal for a GTV and they would be able to sort them with their eyes closed. For the metal brake lines they can splice in a repair section using male/female connectors. Airbag warning light is a software reset and probably caused by a dodgy seat conector.

If you do it your self parts would cost you 35 ish for powerflex bushes, 15.00 for some brake pipe, another 5.00 for male/female connectors. 35.00 for a decent flaring tool which you could use in the future, 5.00 for a cutter, 20 for a code reader so roughly 100-120. Assuming decent tyres another 300 total in the region of 400-420 which is mostly the tyres. So 1400 for labour? Sad faced mechanic is laughing on the inside.
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Difficult to comment correctly as you don't say how many tyres or which brake pipes........but 1800 sounds extreme to say the least.

Your thread's heading is slightly misleading as the suspension seems the least expensive parts on your list to renew......unless he was quoting for new upper arms? I've never had to touch even the top bushes in any of mine, top swivels yes but they're so easy even I can change them.

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And I have one being broken in Manchester with second hand parts a plenty. Happy to help you out ...
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I'm sure there are a pair of upper suspension arms on the bay of e.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2320175664...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
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1800 ???
was it Kwikfit or Halfords ?
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Given a quote that high for that sort of work I'd be taking it for an MOT somewhere else to see what else he was telling porkies about!
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