147 - New Engine? Please help
I have a 147 which has done 55,000 miles and is 1.6 02 plate.
It broke down on me on Friday night, started fine, drove for 10 mins, stopped at lights and would not start again.
The police turned up and managed (just) to start it again and it got me home (1/2 mile)
They suggested the starter motor had gone, however got the local Alfa specialists to come and have a look at home, they didn't know what was wrong and towed it to their garage.
Call from them today to tell me I needed a new engine as "the bottom is rattling about" and that "the crank shaft had gone" this is going to cost me £3-£5k!!!! As you can imagine, I'm gutted.
They said that I could get it taken off my hands as it is now for £1,000 cash.
Im in a dilemma, has anyone else EVER had anything like this happen?
Should I get a 2nd opinion?
If it is as they said above, is the £1,000 realistic to get for it?
I would be extremely greatful if anyone has any suggestions and honest answers as to whether I should cut my losses and take the £1,000.
Thank you so much.