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Hello,this morning tried to get going,and much to my surprise,reverse gear was not engaging,and the gearbox was loose-horizontally. Everytime i tried to engage reverse,it would appear one of the other gears was engaged,as the car was moving forward.
Called road assistance,turned out to be a worn out gearbox cable. There are two,a green and a red ended one,and the green one was loose. He put a tyre up on it,and gave me some more in case it gives up again.
It works now,but who knows how long it will go before those snap.

Where can i get the parts from,and what are the exact parts? I was quoted 100 pounds for labor,but the garage can no longer order parts from Alfa,so it is up to me to order them.
Car is an 147 '07 1.6 TS 88kw.

Hoping this will get fixed soon,all help is appreciated !
All the best Cristian
 

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Often gear cables come in a set through aftermarket suppliers and can be £70-130. Our car were mainstream enough and used enough Fiat parts that we really don't need specialist suppliers.

Either a local motor factors, Euro Car Parts when using an online offer code or something like Autodoc.co.uk which is actually in Berlin and takes 10 days.

Have you tried Alfashop, Alfa Workshop or Auto Lusso who are all online?
 

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Had a look,just now actually.,but no idea about the part,as there is a huge selection and couldn't find it.
 

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Done,paid for the Linex one,hope it fits and gets to the UK fast as i have to walk to work and there are some dodgy areas i wouldn't venture after dark
 

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Autodoc are in Berlin. They seem to be a major European supplier. I think a lot of generic parts which are produced by probably very few manufacturers are then given German sounding names. It depends on the efficiency and profit margins of each company.

For brake parts, I go with brand names but obscure stuff won't have many different suppliers.

You'll be alright with that. It will take about 10 days. You'll be updated with progress and it shouldn't give a mechanic too much fitting issues. I've done generic gear cables before. They tend to be a bit more fiddly than OE but fit and work fine.
 

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Thanks,I am hoping far less than 10 days,as I needed the car badly next week,but I suppose I can manage somehow.
It is still driveable but I fear the plastic could snap at a round about and leave me stranded
 

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Probably best to rent a car while you are waiting for the part to arrive. Or see if your mechanic has a loan car available.
 

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Not an option to rent a car,I'd rather buy another car,don't know how many times I said I'd get rid of the Alfa,and here I am...
I'm always having a look at auto trader,and nothing seems worth buying,always something ruins the deal. So I changed as much as it needed,and to be honest,despite my moaning,I still like the way it drives,and it's been unexpectedly reliable.
I hope the temporary fix lasts until the new cable comes in,I was never the person who is happy with cheap fixes,better safe than sorry.
Btw, what happened to this forum,in the past there used to be so many people answering and now it's down to only a few,could it be that the glory days are gone,or am I just asking the wrong questions?
 

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Forums are doing fine, as you only posted 104 posts in four years looks like you have not needed the forum that much.

See this, I don't know how the prices compare.

 

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Our cars are older, the rust has got some, most people want something they percieve as more reliable and then there are those who will happily pay more to entrap themselves in ongoing payments for a car they don't own and no doubt believe this is an environmentally friendly route to giving their children a better life.

Yes, there are just less of our cars about. The other stuff is just too awkward and comes with too many questions...
 

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Thanks Paul for the info,I decided to go for the cheaper version from autodoc,im not sure i made the best choice,but considering the age of the car,I hope this one would work fine too. If they won't send the cable before Friday,I'll cancel the sale and go for the one you sent me the link,it's genuine and it will be sent quick.
I believe in owning my car,don't want to pay interest and if I can,I will stay away from monthly payments.
Many of the people I meet say-oh,poor soul,you have an Alfa,you must be the mechanic's best friend!
Not true,except minor things,so far it's been a good experience.
I wish the road tax would be cheaper,that's all. That said,don't know if I would go for another Alfa,unless I can buy a new one with full warranty.
 

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Got the cable fitted to the car,only trouble is it feels like crap.
All the gears seem to have moved to the left,and between 3rd and 5th there is slightly a difference,very hard to tell.
No longer going into neutral,just ....sticks somewhere,no longer crisp and golden,just vague and gritty.
Any suggestions,can anything be done or I have to relearn how to drive it?
 

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Thanks Paul,I think I'll call the mechanic ,hope it can be improved as the car is now horrible to drive
 

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Done it on my own,but I could not put the gear stick in neutral,as I was alone.
Tried instead in 4th as seen on internet they do with fords,and it improved slightly,not so far gone left.
3rd and 5th still hard to differentiate.
Tomorrow planning to see the mechanic
 

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All done,went there,the guy popped the bonnet,didn't even asked me move the stick,done everything without assistance.
Now it's back to normal, once again smooth and just Alfa,no wonder i.didnt get rid of.the old bucket or rust yet
 
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