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Hi guys,

Bought a 147 1.6 Twin Spark about 18 months ago.

First service brought a list of recomendations as long as my arm -
Power steering fluid leak
Gear box fluid leak
Front breaks - full replacement
Handbreak cable - needed tightening
Heat shield - needed replacing
Flexi pipe - brand new cat needed (Ouch)
Back light now working - New ECU needed (Ouch, again)

All the work has now been done, much to disgust of my other half and we have spent out in total about £1500!!!!
He has had enough and wants to sell! I'm not so sure.
I suppose I am asking anyone who has been through similar heart ache........ will it ever end or are we better off cutting our losses?
K
 

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You most alway get someone else to have a look at it before you have work done, they love to bs people
 

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Forgot to mention too, since having the cat replaced she is rumbling, vibrating and has lost LOADS of power.
Gutted!
 

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Back light now working - New ECU needed (Ouch, again)
New ECU to get the back light working??? hmmm never heard of that before ... where did you get the work done?
 

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The garage stripped all the electrics out and there were no wiring or bulb faults, there is only one Alfa garage near us in Poole so thats where we take her.
 

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Is it these guys??? Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia, Italian Car Spares and Repairs ... not used them personally but I've seen them mentioned in another thread ...

There are quite alot of indepdent garages that specialise in alfas ... might be worth another thread asking if there are any near poole (there probably are a few that you don't know about ...)
 

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Thats them!

I suppose it's kind of irrelevany now....... money is spent, partner is hacked off and I am despreatley clinging to my beautiful car!
This is the first time I have had a Alfa and don't have the knowledge and experinace that you guys clearly do.......... get rid or persevere? You decide!!!
 

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I suppose the thing to think about is that you've spent the money on the car and that has gone now, and your car is working fine ... if you were to buy another car what is the likelyhood that it would be perfect?? (who sells a perfect car?) ... as long as you keep it serviced correctly there is no reason why it shouldn't last a long time, also always gets quotes first and check them elsewhere (we always have an opinion on here!!! :D) ... also it might be worth starting a thread asking for independant garages near poole, it might be worth driving that little bit further to get someone that is recommended (I use AHMotorsports for everything Alfa which is probably no good for you as it's M3 junction 5, but you would probably get there in 45 mins) ... Pud237 did a round trip of about 400miles* to get Autolusso to do some work on his car :eek: :eek:



* can't remember what he said the actual mileage was
 

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Cheers Chris!

I'm pretty convinced we have replaced the major parts and all should be well again now. Just gotta convince my other half!
Wish me luck!!
 

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Good Luck!!! I'm sure nothing else should go wrong (fingers crossed!!!)
 

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Nothing else could go wrong??????? With an Alfa?

Hmmmm.

You'll be getting flamed soon :D ... have you read the "german unreliablity thread" yet :lol: :lol:
 

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Don't think it's the garage I used for repairs thats the problem, he has actually been really good and I have sourced parts myself cheaper then they offered. I bought her from a less reputable car sales garage, they have closed down since!! Not a great sign!
 

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You need to find out why you have lost power and have that rumbling noise. Start another thread to find a good independant garage near to you.It might be nothing but you need it checked out I am sure someone on the forum will be able to help.
You should also take into consideration the cars history and mileage. The cambelt needs doing every 36000 miles or every 3 years which ever is sooner and is likely to cost around £400. Ignore at your peril. The oil needs to be checked regualy as some burn a lot. So if the previous owner did not do this then it could spell trouble in the future. Who did you buy it from ?
If in any doubt part ex it in and get another that has been looked after properly, get it checked out (by an alfa specialist) and get a warranty if your worried.
Alfas are great but they need to be looked after properly. Don't be put off.
 

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She has got over 100K on the clock and has a full Alfa service history, I should have got it checked over when I bought it but finances were tight. Cambelt was done just before I bought her.
I think the part ex idea probably is the best so far........ I reckon owning an Alfa is something you do when you aren't on a tight budget and trying to save for a wedding. I don't want to have to sacrifice any wedding plans for the sake of my car. I do love her but not quite that much!
 

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But then ... what sort of car can you buy for the trade in?? You will spend more than that on another car of the same quality...


... it's funny with people attitudes to alfas, they are relatively cheap second hand (probably due to there reputation) and as such people think they should be cheap to service ... compare it to BMW service prices though ... BMW are too embarrassed to give an hourly labour rate, they charge in 6th's of an hour :lol: ...


My mate with an M3 has just had the air conditioning fix in his car, cost him the best part of £1000 ... (new compressor + fitting + regas) but that's ok because that's just BMW prices ...
 

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I totally agree, have been looking at other options, I paid 3k for her and I reckon she'll be worth 2.5 now.
Ford focus? LOVELY!!!!
 

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ecu replacement for faulty light or light circuit :eek:

and they stripped the electrics :eek:

My suggestion is you phone trading standards - and start legal proceedings - because sadly I think you have been had...:(



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Or just learn my lesson and give this up as a bad job!

I'm thinking legal proceeding are pretty lengthly and costly.
 
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