No he's a pretty good indie, and his son is an alfa enthusiast, first day I drove up they said to me the variator needed doing and spent a good twenty minutes running the engine, that was about 7 weeks and 500 miles ago?
And he's getting a second opinion from a gtv specialist tomorrow as he doesn't think it's the bottom end but wants confirmation before he starts dismantling the engine.
Give you an idea, he checked my airbag light today and as it's caused by the connections under the seats, has decided to solder them together, he's pretty thorough and having had him look after a 156 for three years, I've no reason to doubt him. I didn't ask him to solder the airbag connections, he got the fault code, and decided to do it. His fuel injector light fault I have is exactly what the top indie Alfa mech here got and reset three times. He's also open to questions from a fairly car illiterate person like me, and is fair in his assessment imo. With my 156 the airbag light was the ecu etc so he's someone I trust, he believes in repair rather than replace, and I'm happy with him if that makes sense?
Tonight I went down and asked for the good news first, then we'd a chat about the engine, established we were both on the same page, he doesn't think it's the bottom end, but wants a specialist to check it out first.