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I am having problems googling out how much should some pretty standard repairs on my 3.2 GT (2005, just short of 160tkm) take to professional mechanic.

I brought the car for general "getting ready" right after purchase. Quick summary of what the garage did on my 3.2 GT: cambelt (with tensioners and water pump), suspension (all 4 shocks & springs) along with ARB links and lower wishbones plus some minor items (new thermostat, battery, all fluids and filters, front brake hoses, A/C recharge).

Actual costs aside as it varies greatly, for all above summed up they charged me 49 hours of labor. Does it really take that long of is is overpriced? Locally they have quite good reputation (which is why I took the car there), so if they inflated it by a lot I will definitely try to challenge it and maybe even get something back.

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Seems like a lot.

Have a look on this website

https://www.alfaworkshop.co.uk/alfa_fixed_price_service_schedule_156.shtml

it gives some basic pricing as to what they do (in the UK), which may or may not be more expensive than what you deal with where you are. I know that for instance, their cambelt replacements are far cheaper than I got in New Zealand.

I would think 20 hours would be more suitable. If it was an engine out job, that would add more costs and in that case it would only be worth it if you did two ends of the engine, like cambelt and the clutch.
 

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I would think 20 hours would be more suitable. If it was an engine out job, that would add more costs and in that case it would only be worth it if you did two ends of the engine, like cambelt and the clutch.
I told them there is no need to take the engine out, but they did it anyway, probably did not know how to do cambelt with engine in...
 

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49 sounds like a lot and 20 sounds highly unreasonable.

Changing shocks all around can become a 2-3day job if everything is as corroded as they can get. Add a full day for cambelt on top of that and then you had lots of smaller things to boot. I’d say 5days wouldn’t really surprise me but that would bring my total up to 40hrs of work.

I wouldn’t have taken the engine out though, that’s unnecessary for a cambelt swap and probably where your extra 9hrs went.
 

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We are £55 + VAT per hour which is about half price of a franchise dealer

It is easier to take the engine out when doing a belt and pump but not necessary, we tend to do more than just belt. clutch, Quaife diff, powder coated engine parts, oil cooler etc etc as when people get the belt done the are generally future proofing

Shocks all round about 4 hours depending on what else needs doing

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We are £55 + VAT per hour which is about half price of a franchise dealer

It is easier to take the engine out when doing a belt and pump but not necessary, we tend to do more than just belt. clutch, Quaife diff, powder coated engine parts, oil cooler etc etc as when people get the belt done the are generally future proofing

Shocks all round about 4 hours depending on what else needs doing

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Thanks, labor prices are bit different between UK and Czech republic, which is why I wanted to compare by hours charged, so for the belt + WP what would be your estimate?
 

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Thanks, labor prices are bit different between UK and Czech republic, which is why I wanted to compare by hours charged, so for the belt + WP what would be your estimate?
When we were doing them on 3-4 year old cars about 6 hours but now could be 10 - 12 hours or more depending on how many snapped bolts, rounded out alan key heads, stripped threads etc etc

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I am having problems googling out how much should some pretty standard repairs on my 3.2 GT (2005, just short of 160tkm) take to professional mechanic.

I brought the car for general "getting ready" right after purchase. Quick summary of what the garage did on my 3.2 GT: cambelt (with tensioners and water pump), suspension (all 4 shocks & springs) along with ARB links and lower wishbones plus some minor items (new thermostat, battery, all fluids and filters, front brake hoses, A/C recharge).

Actual costs aside as it varies greatly, for all above summed up they charged me 49 hours of labor. Does it really take that long of is is overpriced? Locally they have quite good reputation (which is why I took the car there), so if they inflated it by a lot I will definitely try to challenge it and maybe even get something back.

Many thanks for help.
Cambelt job if they've never done one before, would take a day minimum (8 hours). Depending on what tools they have and how many waterpump bolts had to be drilled out, taking out the engine could be the easiest way to do that, you can spend a day and a half taking the engine out of one of these and putting it back in again if you don't have much experience in doing so. So you could be talking 2.5 days on engine out, cambelt, waterpump, engine back in again.

Suspension could have been a day - if the long bolts didn't come out of the hub or were seized into the arms, perhaps they decided to take the hubs off, cut the bolt and remove the remains on a press. There's a bit of a knack to doing it quickly on the car. Did they do the front suspension while the engine was out (which would have been easier) or did they do one job first before starting the next? The MOT station I use took a day and a half to do a full shock/spring replacement on an Alfa GT, and they ended up cutting one of the forks as they couldn't get it off in situ.

The other jobs you mention are small jobs but could well have totalled up to a few hours. If everything possible to go wrong did go wrong, then I can see how they've done 49 hours on it. But really, an Alfa specialist would have done those jobs in less than half the time even if there were some issues.
 

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Cambelt job if they've never done one before, would take a day minimum (8 hours). Depending on what tools they have and how many waterpump bolts had to be drilled out, taking out the engine could be the easiest way to do that, you can spend a day and a half taking the engine out of one of these and putting it back in again if you don't have much experience in doing so. So you could be talking 2.5 days on engine out, cambelt, waterpump, engine back in again.
They definitely have some experience with this generation Alfa's (one of the mechanics drives 156), but do not know whether they ever touched V6, more probably not, GTAs and 3.2 GTs are extremely rare here. (I imported mine from Germany as there was literally 0 on sale in Czech Republic)

Suspension could have been a day - if the long bolts didn't come out of the hub or were seized into the arms, perhaps they decided to take the hubs off, cut the bolt and remove the remains on a press. There's a bit of a knack to doing it quickly on the car. Did they do the front suspension while the engine was out (which would have been easier) or did they do one job first before starting the next? The MOT station I use took a day and a half to do a full shock/spring replacement on an Alfa GT, and they ended up cutting one of the forks as they couldn't get it off in situ.

The other jobs you mention are small jobs but could well have totalled up to a few hours. If everything possible to go wrong did go wrong, then I can see how they've done 49 hours on it. But really, an Alfa specialist would have done those jobs in less than half the time even if there were some issues.
The suspension was not originally planned, but when they were on test-drive after cambelt the rear shock cracked and because at least from looks the suspension was never changed, I agreed to change all 4.
From looking at the bill they did not mess with it much, the long rear bolts were apparently cut/sawn, along with 2 of the connecting rods.

Anyway thanks for info.
 
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