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My 1998 GTV has just failed its MOT due to needing new outer lower bushes. Mechanic says that he can't source them in the UK and I might have to get them from Italy at a cost of £600. This can't possibly be right. Can anyone help with some advise please? Thanks. Cameron
 

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Have a look for Powerflex or Superflex bushes as per the previous post, or have a chat with the likes of AutoLusso, I believe they can replace all the rear bushes for around the £400 mark. So a couple of lower bushes should be a fraction of the cost.
 

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This auction below will help you identify what you need.
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As previously mentioned Autolusso can supply and fit a complete set of refurbished suspension arms with new buses for about 450.

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My 1998 GTV has just failed its MOT due to needing new outer lower bushes. Mechanic says that he can't source them in the UK and I might have to get them from Italy at a cost of £600. This can't possibly be right. Can anyone help with some advise please? Thanks. Cameron
Do not even consider paying that. Daylight robbery. Just get those bushes powerflexed at a specialist such as AutoLusso. Give Ned a ring and he'll sort it for the fraction of the cost.

And those powerflex bushes work extremely well on those transverse arms. Far better than OE bushes, better handling, and will last much longer.

Hope that helps.
 

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thanks for your help does that mean take the old bushes off and get those powerflexed i.e. reconditioned sort of thing? It's all chinese to me, I'm not mechanical you see. thanks
 
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You discard the old bushes and replace with new polyurethane ones which are tougher and wont errode over time, they tighten up the back suspension superbly. I just did mine and its worth every penny to do this modification:thumbs:
 

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cameron, do a quick search on here, there is a thread about recommended garages. i would suggest yo take your car along to one of the recommended and see what they say. it sounds like your current guy is taking you for a ride (and a bumpy one at that!) (sorry, couldn't resist the pun!)
 

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cameron, do a quick search on here, there is a thread about recommended garages. i would suggest yo take your car along to one of the recommended and see what they say. it sounds like your current guy is taking you for a ride (and a bumpy one at that!) (sorry, couldn't resist the pun!)
Not necessarily, could be he just doesn't know the marque.
 

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thanks for your help does that mean take the old bushes off and get those powerflexed i.e. reconditioned sort of thing? It's all chinese to me, I'm not mechanical you see. thanks
Welcome,.......... not sure how far rutland is from Sutton in Ashfield but Alfa Technico do a superb job and will powerflex the lot for 400, improved handling and they wont need replacing after 20k like the originals.
 

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Avon Racing are/were? based in Rutland, they used to run half the field in the AROC championship. Might be worth a call if they're round the corner from you.
 

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cameron, do a quick search on here, there is a thread about recommended garages. i would suggest yo take your car along to one of the recommended and see what they say. it sounds like your current guy is taking you for a ride (and a bumpy one at that!) (sorry, couldn't resist the pun!)
Perhaps not taking for a ride - just quoting Alfa prices. Isn't each side on the rear something ridiculous like 300+ ?

As has been said already - if your rear bushes are shot such that they need replacing, then its better off to replace them with Powerflex which last much longer than OEM.
 

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That mechanic hasn't got a clue on how to work on Alfa's then. 600 quid to import them from italy? Come on mate who's he kidding, any half reputable Alfa mechanic knows that there's 2 options for rear bushes. OEM expensive and Powerflex, cheeper but in my opinion better.
If you can get to Ned at Autolusso then its the best option. Around 400 ish all done and you know you are going to one of the best Alfa specialists in UK.
I had mine done from him a year ago and the car drives brilliantly since then.
 
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