hiya Chris, thanks for your reply.
Lately i've had to jump start my gtv as the battery seemed to be draining if it wasn't used for a day or so - i just put it down to wet/cold weather and not driving uneccessarily to conserve petrol.
Tried to jump start her the other day and although the engine was turning over it just wouldn't catch. I assumed the spark plugs were damp and tried to look but the cover plate was fixed with screws that i had no tool for.
Mobile mechanic was called - his verdict was 'something electrical' so i phoned the garage i normally use. They deal with quite a few alfas so i trust them. They towed her away (£40) and i got a call today to say it was the ECU and it would need a new one (£800+) or he could look for a 2nd hand one (god knows how much)
I'm really clueless as to prices/procedures etc but am under the impression that this is an expensive job. As a single parent/low wage blah, blah etc i'm not in a position to afford such work.
any advice would be most welcome.
If the Battery is draining two things - shot battery could be frost killed as the cells were weak....so this may have required changing....has it been changed.?
Second if you have bad earthing this will drain the battery - hence may need replacing....
I fail to see what a drained battery has to do with getting a new ECU
If you lived locally I would go with you to the gargage and give them a piece of my mind....It sounds like they could be trying to pull a fast one here
Replace the bat - fix whatever was loose if that was causing the battery to drain...bill to them 50-60 quid..
Bill to you 350 - 800
This is the old double bill....oldest trick in the book
Tell poor unsuspecting customer that they are going to have to fork out 800 quid to get there car back...
But tell you they will see what they can do ...and come back with a new seems alright price...bill - which your supposed to jump at....
IS there anyone that lives in Blackburn on this forum that can help this lady out.....as she is been played a right tune by the garage.?