Originally Posted by V6Alfisti
Do not under any circumstance get the turbo reconditioned!
The VNT turbos on these cars CANNOT be refurbed.
I bought a re-conned turbo (was still around £400!) for my old 156, after a few months it blew on me, then a replacement was sent out...that did the same.
Apparently only Garrett themselves have the correct balancing equipment for these turbos.
well turbosolutions did mine,and it's fine (fingers crossed) though I did have to adjust it after fitting to make it work properly.
There is also a thread on here somewhere with instructions and pics on how to remove, strip and rebuild your VNT-the problem is the vanes clog up and stick.
If it's a VNT, dreadwebb, the first thing to check is if the actuator is moving. If it isn't, and it's because the vanes have seized, your mechanic should be able to remove it in an hour or so, then it's a fairly straightforward job to pull it apart and 'unglue' the insides.
That's what I'd try.