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Hi All - just a quick intro....

Motormech is pretty well known on this forum, but although the owner, Paul Gilbert (aka 'Iceberg') and I have both been registered on AlfaOwner for some time, we've never really promoted Motormech (always been too busy working on Italian metal...)

Paul has been working around Italian stuff for longer than he cares to admit, and has a genuine passion for the Fiat and Alfa marques. He initially made a strong name for Motormech by working out a way of doing the dreaded cambelt on a Fiat Coupe without removing the engine. As Coupe numbers have dwindled, and following a deal to do all the major work for a local independent Alfa dealer, the majority of Motormech's work is now for Alfas (young and old), although the Motormech workshops are equipped to work on almost anything.

I have a foot in each camp - I run a stupidly modified Fiat Coupe as my weekend car and an Alfa GT diesel as my everyday sensible transport - Wifey has a Grande Punto T-Jet, eldest son has a Punto Mk2b and youngest son has an Alfa 159 Sportwagon - I guess you could say that we're a bit hooked on Italian cars!

Motormech's senior mechanic is an ex-Alfa master technician, so we certainly have the expertise on board.

We're located in the very centre of Birmingham, so if you're feeling brave, you can combine the work on your pride and joy with a shopping trip to Brum - just bear in mind that a common criticism of Motormech is that the shopping bill is often higher than our own - bring your "other half" only if you're feeling flush!

Despite being so central, our labour rates are definitely "provincial". So, whether its simple oil & filter changes, full services, cambelts, brakes, suspension, the dreaded electrical issues, full exhaust systems, remaps, Terraclean treatments, or just a bit of advice, try us out - we're sure you'll be pleasantly surprised

Hope to see you soon

Paul & Nigel - Motormech
0121 633 9823
Fiat and Alfa Romeo Specialist Birmingham: Italian Car Specialist
 

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I've mentioned exhausts in the post above - the sister company to Motormech is RoarPower Ltd - a Longlife exhaust franchise, situated in the workshop right next door to Motormech

We design and build very high quality (T304) stainless exhaust systems - each is custom-built straight onto the car and comes with a lifetime warranty. Longlife are so confident in the quality of the materials and the workmanship, that this warrantly is transferrable to a new owner - almost unheard of in the exhaust industry. This means that a Longlife exhaust should be the last exhaust a car ever needs

We've built systems for lots of Alfas recently, although to be fair to all the 159s and Breras we've done, we absolutely love getting a Busso V6 in for a full system. :inlove:

Our prices are very keen, AND you get to tell us exactly what you want your system to look and sound like

Call us for a quote - pretty sure you'll be surprised at just how little extra you'll need to pay over a bog-standard mild steel system

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Paul & Nigel
Longlife Exhausts Birmingham
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Stainless Steel Exhausts, Birmingham Exhausts
 

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Hi All - just a quick intro....

Motormech is pretty well known on this forum, but although the owner, Paul Gilbert (aka 'Iceberg') and I have both been registered on AlfaOwner for some time, we've never really promoted Motormech (always been too busy working on Italian metal...)

Paul has been working around Italian stuff for longer than he cares to admit, and has a genuine passion for the Fiat and Alfa marques. He initially made a strong name for Motormech by working out a way of doing the dreaded cambelt on a Fiat Coupe without removing the engine. As Coupe numbers have dwindled, and following a deal to do all the major work for a local independent Alfa dealer, the majority of Motormech's work is now for Alfas (young and old), although the Motormech workshops are equipped to work on almost anything.

I have a foot in each camp - I run a stupidly modified Fiat Coupe as my weekend car and an Alfa GT diesel as my everyday sensible transport - Wifey has a Grande Punto T-Jet, eldest son has a Punto Mk2b and youngest son has an Alfa 159 Sportwagon - I guess you could say that we're a bit hooked on Italian cars!

Motormech's senior mechanic is an ex-Alfa master technician, so we certainly have the expertise on board.

We're located in the very centre of Birmingham, so if you're feeling brave, you can combine the work on your pride and joy with a shopping trip to Brum - just bear in mind that a common criticism of Motormech is that the shopping bill is often higher than our own - bring your "other half" only if you're feeling flush!

Despite being so central, our labour rates are definitely "provincial". So, whether its simple oil & filter changes, full services, cambelts, brakes, suspension, the dreaded electrical issues, full exhaust systems, remaps, Terraclean treatments, or just a bit of advice, try us out - we're sure you'll be pleasantly surprised

Hope to see you soon

Paul & Nigel - Motormech
0121 633 9823
Fiat and Alfa Romeo Specialist Birmingham: Italian Car Specialist
I'm looking forward to picking up my Mito from your workshop just as soon as you have fitted the new MultiAir Unit to it. And I will be coming back for a full St/St exhaust system for it just as soon as the current one fails. :)
 

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My faithfull old 156 2.5 is at Motormech right now after being Sorn'd for a year while i 'dun-up' my GTV.
It's in for new lower wishbones ,front exhaust downpipe, n/s sill needs repair/ welding, long term occasional electrical glitch needs sorting (P1120) and an MOT. Must give them a bell to see how it's going. I've used Motormech many times before, always pleased with results. Gaz
 

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I drove down from wigan last weekend dropped the 159 off and had a walk around town. Lovely people there, I will be taking my car there again.
 

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I wanted to say thank you. I've been using Autodelta (who I have to say did an amazing job transforming the handling of my heavy weight spider - I mean really amazing) and I had a plan to use them for the exhaust and brakes. However, my amazing lady wife decided to surprise me for Christmas and Motormech ended up replacing the muted original Alfa exhaust with a mid-sports Longlife exhaust and fitted Tarox grooved and drilled discs. With the new exhaust the car feels more fluid especially at higher speeds. It’s as though it has more torque responding quicker to the throttle. The sound is deeper and much more satisfying (even my wife says so) but not in the least obtrusive once underway. The new brakes have much more feel. You feel more in control even after a lot of use. But best of all, the folding roof which seemed to have a budgerigar trapped in it, squeak, squeak, squeak is now silent. And looking closely at the invoices - that is all fantastic value for money so thank you. You do one heck of a craftsman like job!
 

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Yes

I can only say good things about motormech, they have sorted the good lady's Giulietta today.

You just love a garage full of Alfa Romeo's ( also the odd Fiat).


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Hi NigelO
What's your view on 2.2 JTS timing change reliability.

What can an owner do to make it last past 10k miles without issues, is it necessary to change the oil every 5k ?
 

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Yes - buy an Alfa with an Alfa engine.... ;)

Seriously, there's nothing much you can do, other than keep it well maintained, with a good quality oil.

Keep an eye (ear?) out for any unusual noises or driving behaviour (loose chains often cause surging at light throttle openings)
 
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