What concerned me were the faults that I've been told 'should' be MOT failures but it passed the MOT only 2 weeks ago.
These are the failures that (I'm told) make the car unroadworthy and therefore it shouldnt have been sold as a running motor....
As sombody as already mentioned..
the brakes are tested for efficiency on rollers and if they pass they pass.. the amount of pad material and wear on the discs is irrelevant but can be 'advised'.. it is a visual test only
the condition of the front wishbone bushes is a subjective judjement by the tester..
in other words if he considers them servicable.. then they are..
again with the brake pipes.. corrosion is a subjective judjement..
What would ring alarm bells with me is your 'tried and trusted' garages opinion that the rear shocks are not working at all..how did he test them??.. normal procedure is to check for oil leaks.. these dampers have very little oil.. if any.. in them (gas shocks)..
in other words they are impossible to test without removing them and comparing them with a known good set.. the old 'bounce test' is useless on these cars..
The clutch is not part of the MOT test
I've got a feeling your 'tried and trusted' garage may be being a bit over zealous or even soliciting work..
you could find hundreds of things wrong with an 800 quid car.. I'd get a second opinion from another garage..
Remember you car cost twenty odd grand new.. thats how much it is for a perfect Alfa ..
I paid more than 800 quid for my car and it needed all those things sorting and a lot more.. tell me about it..
anyway good luck I hope you can get it sorted