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As mentioned on a previous thread,I need to have the clutch replaced on my car.I have been quoted a price of £550 for this by my local independent.

Has anyone else had this done recently at their local Alfa specialist,and if so what did you pay?

I know the kit itself can be got for about £120 mark (and I could probably buy it for less than that as I know a man at a parts distributor,but its not a job I would tackle myself).

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I baulked at a similar quote and got under the car myself. Having done it I can now see why they would charge in that region. It's a fair amount of work to remove stuff to get to the gearbox. I'd say it would take even a person experienced at it 8 - 10 hours.
 

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I baulked at a similar quote and got under the car myself. Having done it I can now see why they would charge in that region. It's a fair amount of work to remove stuff to get to the gearbox. I'd say it would take even a person experienced at it 8 - 10 hours.
Ok Baacow,thanks for your opinion! :thumbs:
 

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I bought the gear to do mine myself, I'm a fairly competent home mechanic. It proved to be a right git to do, so farmed it out to a gearbox specialist.

Charged me £200 to replace it, but I bet he wished he'd said more
 

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some alfa garages don't even attempt them doing it in the car, Apparently its easier and quicker just to get engine out do it and replace rather than messing about with it in the car

that's for horrible a job it is
 

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Like anything the more you do it the easier it becomes.The spider gtv is easier than a 147 or 156.I usually allow a day on it.Snapped exhaust bolts that need drilling out or finding other issues often add to labour time.7 hours labour and a £133 kit means £500 is highish but not a shocker.
 

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some alfa garages don't even attempt them doing it in the car, Apparently its easier and quicker just to get engine out do it and replace rather than messing about with it in the car

that's for horrible a job it is
Yeah, autodata said it's an engine and box out job
 

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Enzo at Autocasa in Coventry charged me about a hundred less for that job a couple of years ago, I think you can probably do better pricewise but the convenience of your local independent might tip the balance. To be honest though, I would NEVER go anywhere but an Alfa specialist... at least you can be certain the full kit will be replaced and with the correct standard of parts.
 

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Enzo at Autocasa in Coventry charged me about a hundred less for that job a couple of years ago, I think you can probably do better pricewise but the convenience of your local independent might tip the balance. To be honest though, I would NEVER go anywhere but an Alfa specialist... at least you can be certain the full kit will be replaced and with the correct standard of parts.
Indeed mate,my thoughts exactly!
 

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It can be done DIY. I wasn't an experienced home mechanic at all but i managed it, took a month of weekends but that included refreshing a lot of front end components.

If i did it again I reckon i could do it in 9 hours. I would definately remove the Inlet manifold and the subframe and then you have miles of access and the rest of the job is a piece of cake.
 

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If I did it again I would 1) remove the front exhaust section from the manifold (It can just hang down) but it creates lots of space to access...2) remove the driver side intermediate drive shaft, or at least pull it back out of the way, it makes maneuvering the box out much easier if it's not there
 
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