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Yet another newbie breaks cover...

Hi, having discovered this forum very recently, I've only just joined, although I've had my 156 2.0 TS for four years now. Proteo red with a big wing, it's been a really great buy, although I'm only just getting over the cost of the last service which included the dreaded suspension bushes and a precautionary cam belt change!

Time for a change so I've just ordered a new GT 3.2. A real case of heart over head, I guess as I have been dithering over whether to be sensible and get a GTD, brilliant timing as the petrol price goes through the roof, but perhaps it's now or never .
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There you go, your first thank you to get you on your way, and its for thanks for taking the plunge to register.

Registering today, was that anything to do with the new prompts or would you have registered anyway?
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Yes, I have to admit it persuaded me to get off my lazy backside...great idea, and seems to be working!
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hello and welcome...

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Hi, and welcome, and a very quick question. How much did your service cost ? I ask for comparison since mine is being done tomorrow...(oops, that's today now)
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I had a 48,000 service (labour £111 plus VAT and parts), also replaced the timing belt, variator, both rear suspension trailing arm bushes, rear handbrake cables and one front lower suspension arm (labour £390 plus parts). Parts totalled just over £600 and oil etc £32. The total bill was (gulp) £1,390. The quality of the work was great, however, and I'd recommend Monza Sport at Ashington to anyone, they're authorised Alfa service agents and what they don't know about 156s isn't worth knowing!

If you're just having a service, I think the price was good, in fact I can't complain about the cost in relation to what was done, but it's disappointing that a lot of this needed doing on a car that's only four years old, specially as the mileage was well under 48,000.

Oh well, whoever bought an Alfa for sensible and practical reasons?
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I had a 48,000 service (labour 111 plus VAT and parts), also replaced the timing belt, variator, both rear suspension trailing arm bushes, rear handbrake cables and one front lower suspension arm (labour 390 plus parts). Parts totalled just over 600 and oil etc 32. The total bill was (gulp) 1,390.
Ouch, thanks, not possible to compare as I had the trailing arms done separately, and no suspension arm - but full service (plugs weren't changed), belt, idler and variator, ended up costing about 600 - half parts, so I'm glad I didn't read your post before mine was done....
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Sounds like you got pretty good value if you got the service plus the cam belt/variator changed for £600. Where did you get the work done?

After spending all that, my 156 drives like a dream, so I'm reluctant to sell it - fortunately the other half seems to have taken a fancy to it, so perhaps it'll stay in the family!

Thanks to everyone for the warm welcome - I'll let you know when the GT arrives, it's currently on factory order and, hopefully, should arrive by the end of June. Knowing my luck, there will be a revised version out after the factory shutdown in August, but I can't see anything beating the purity of the original and the real Alfa engine!
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Geebee,

Welcome to AO. Where are you in the North East?

Have you got contact details for Monza Sport in Ashington?

Sorry for the questions, however my 166 needs a service and I am looking for a good specialist in the area.

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Sorry, this is an obscure village in West Sussex that I'd never been to before - Monza Sport moved from Cowfold a few miles away (but equally obscure) about a year ago. Hope someone else can help you with a Alfa specialist in the NE, I'd be surprised if the labour charge wasn't a tad less in your neck of the woods!
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