Alfa Specialist in Somerset
This is my first post but having run Alfas for over 30 years in the South West, finding the right garage to look after them has been increasingly hit and miss since FIAT took over. If you have a new Alfa, Longstones in Cannington are the latest Main Dealer who I have limited experience of. I've visited them and they are enthusiastic and courteous but I have no further experience as yet although have heard only good about their service department so I'm sure they would be worth trying.
As I remember, Seymour Horwell (N Abbot) were always enthusiastic, Goose Green (Exeter & Torrington) were great until boss Nick ???????'s son crashed my Sprint Veloce! Winners (N Abbot too) were dependable which is more than can be said for subsequent 'Main Dealers' in Exeter. Alan Bennet (BenAlfa - Westbury) restored and maintained a '65 Giulia Sprint (wish we still had it) but I had a so so experience with a guy in Cheddar (good mechanic / less sound businessman) and struggled with various garages thereafter until I was recommended to call Lui of LB Autos in Somerton.
I bought a 166 3.0 Super almost four years ago and took it straight to them. A service, new clutch, brakes and exhaust plus various minor niggles due to neglect were quickly sorted as were the various suspension 'issues' and the car went beautifully until an old biddy caused it to be written off. This was replaced with a GTV V6 that I drove for 9 months and thought was great until LB gave it a full service a couple of weeks ago - what a transformation! It now drives and feels like the baby Ferrari that the Magazines raved over.
Lui is a star, always eager to help, amazingly knowledgeble, ever cheerful and always does his best to keep costs down.
Given that they are less than 20 miles from Taunton my only regret is that I didn't find them sooner - Hope this helps...
Their details are as follows:-
L. B. AUTOS, CAMELOT COURT, SOMERTON BUSINESS PARK, SOMERTON, TA11 6SB
Tel: 01458 274 499