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I have a 147 JTD 16v Mjet. 05 plate 6 speed (facelift model) and was looking for some advice on gearboxes.

I have owned the car since it was 6 months old and brought it from an Alfa dealer. I have had it serviced at the correct intervals but the last few have been done by a reputable local garage.

Recently I have had a problem with the gearbox not staying 3rd gear. It will select it but as soon as I let go of the gearstick it jumps out. All the other gears are fine. I took it to the local garage who were honest and said they hadn't had much experience with Alfas and I would be better taking it to a dealer. I would rather them say that than attempt a bodge job!

I took it to the nearest dealer (not easy being based in the midlands) who quoted me £1800 for a reconditioned gearbox as they said that my particular one could not be stripped.

This leads me to several questions.

1. If they can't strip the gearbox, how can they supply a reconditioned one?
2. Is £1800 too much to pay for a reconditioned gearbox? (I know dealers labour is expensive but is this figure what I should expect)
3. Is it reasonable to expect the gearbox to need replacing after 4 years and 58k miles? - I have been in touch with Alfa customer services who after looking into my complaint said that they weren't able to help.

To further add to my woes last weekend the timing belt failed and now I have another bill for £1500 to rebuild the engine! The belt is not recommended to be changed until the next service. This work is being done by the local garage that I normally use as they are reliable and were the closest to where I broke down.

I have loved owning my Alfa but I was not expecting to have these kind of issues in a car only 4 years old. Am I unlucky or is this type of thing typical?

Sorry for the long post but I needed to unleash my anguish!

Advice and sympathy gratefully received!
 

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Changed my gearbox on a 52 plate 147(100K) yesterday due to popping out of 5th. Not a common Alfa problem is apparantly caused by people resting there hand on the gearstick whilst driving. I got a 5 speed box from ebay for 50 quid but i dont think it will be easy to find a six speed one. May be better to get your car to a garage that is able to repair your box. Not an easy job though prob 10 hours labour but not much in parts.
As for the belt if it is in the time frame (i think 4 years or 72k on your car) then harass ARUK to pay for it. If not bad luck. I think i would seriously consider buying a cat c cheap or getting a engine and box from a smashed one as it will work out cheaper than repair of you bits. If you want to sell it pm me Rich
 

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I can't say if this advice is worth anything but I remember reading some advice a while ago that 147 boxes get a build-up of swarf in the end casing which stops the selector rods going fully home. You just have to take the end casing off (under the left wheel-arch) and clear it out. I have no idea if this is applicable to your model but it's worth checking
 

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£1800 for a gearbox is way too much ... you should give autolusso a ring (based in hertfordshire IIRC) they can supply and fit gearboxes much cheaper than that ...
 

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Hello

I have a 147 JTD 16v Mjet. 05 plate 6 speed (facelift model) and was looking for some advice on gearboxes.

I have owned the car since it was 6 months old and brought it from an Alfa dealer. I have had it serviced at the correct intervals but the last few have been done by a reputable local garage.

Recently I have had a problem with the gearbox not staying 3rd gear. It will select it but as soon as I let go of the gearstick it jumps out. All the other gears are fine. I took it to the local garage who were honest and said they hadn't had much experience with Alfas and I would be better taking it to a dealer. I would rather them say that than attempt a bodge job!

I took it to the nearest dealer (not easy being based in the midlands) who quoted me £1800 for a reconditioned gearbox as they said that my particular one could not be stripped.

This leads me to several questions.

1. If they can't strip the gearbox, how can they supply a reconditioned one?
2. Is £1800 too much to pay for a reconditioned gearbox? (I know dealers labour is expensive but is this figure what I should expect)
3. Is it reasonable to expect the gearbox to need replacing after 4 years and 58k miles? - I have been in touch with Alfa customer services who after looking into my complaint said that they weren't able to help.

To further add to my woes last weekend the timing belt failed and now I have another bill for £1500 to rebuild the engine! The belt is not recommended to be changed until the next service. This work is being done by the local garage that I normally use as they are reliable and were the closest to where I broke down.

I have loved owning my Alfa but I was not expecting to have these kind of issues in a car only 4 years old. Am I unlucky or is this type of thing typical?

Sorry for the long post but I needed to unleash my anguish!

Advice and sympathy gratefully received!
We can rebuild you gearbox and give it a proper guarantee, one of the things we specialise in is rebuilding these gearboxes, the box you have in your car is basically the same as the box in the 147/156 GTA, there is a page on our web site about it

Auto Lusso - Alfa Romeo Gearbox Rebuilds, Replacement and Repairs - Hertfordshire, Bedfordshre UK

The price quoted on our site is including fitting a limited slip differential (Q2), if you don’t want the diff we can do it for £450 less.

As for your belt, as you have a full service history you should be able to get this done by Alfa UK. If you have no luck with them (they don’t tend to be very helpful) we can fix it for about £800

All prices quoted are including VAT

We can arrange collection of you car

Please feel free to phone to discuss 01525 221 921

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^^^--- told you so ... so looks like a rebuild cost of £550 (excluding the Q2 ... although tbh Q2 is fantastic and will transform you car :thumbs:)
 
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If you have no luck with them (they don’t tend to be very helpful) we can fix it for about £800
Can I just add that Autolusso are highly recommended. I've got nothing to do with em, honest! Other than appreciating the work they've done on my Spider, and the good, honest advice they give. They take a pride in what they do, rather than tryin to add to their bank account!
 

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just a mo, if its a UK reg.car with full history there is a very good chance you could get assistence from the manufacture, but it would have to be via a dealer.
 
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