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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:01 pm 
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It's going to aviemore at the weekend :) fingers crossed! I couldn't get it booked in locally this week so I'll just need to risk it.


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The Ken wrote:
It's going to aviemore at the weekend :) fingers crossed! I couldn't get it booked in locally this week so I'll just need to risk it.


It'll be fine,......................... then again,.............................



i sold my 155 as i had an overwhelming feeling i was driving a car with a live grenade under the bonnet, the belt goes on one of these it destroy's the whole motor not just the valves.

Honestly though, it'll be fine


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My Beemer is going out to a BMW specialist in Hamilton on Saturday, needing the rear wheel bearings and suspension arms replaced, looked at doing the job myself but would have needed to buy/borrow a ton of kit (slide hammer, gear puller, etc), and even then it's a potential ballache, not motivated to strip the car down on a freezing cold driveway either (been putting the job off for about two months) so going to dig deep and pay someone else.

Only the third time i've trusted a garage with one of my cars and the other two times i was unimpressed :roll:


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:32 pm 
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gnawamurney wrote:
I fix these feckin things for a living! There are a few well known issues with them but apart from the wildly over-optimistic timing belt replacement intervals they are no worse than anything else and actually better than most. If you want to know anything about them give me a shout.


what do you charge for a cambelt etc/waterpump change?


I usually get about £50 :lol: (I work for someone else)


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Have you tried Weavers in Cathcart? Pretty good with us over the last 5 years or so. Not the cheapest though.

http://rwweavers.com/findus.asp

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My Beemer is going out to a BMW specialist in Hamilton on Saturday, needing the rear wheel bearings and suspension arms replaced, looked at doing the job myself but would have needed to buy/borrow a ton of kit (slide hammer, gear puller, etc), and even then it's a potential ballache, not motivated to strip the car down on a freezing cold driveway either (been putting the job off for about two months) so going to dig deep and pay someone else.

Only the third time i've trusted a garage with one of my cars and the other two times i was unimpressed :roll:


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Cheers Iain, will give them a bell in the morning :wink:


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Persevere - they're good mechanics and therefore not always able to answer the phone. Can take a few attempts. Recommended on the various BMW forums too :D

They've done my 328 since I bought it - no dramas


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Mr Panda wrote:
Persevere - they're good mechanics and therefore not always able to answer the phone. Can take a few attempts. Recommended on the various BMW forums too :D

They've done my 328 since I bought it - no dramas


Got a quick answer at 0900 thismorning :) , spoke to Andy, he phoned back a while later with a price, will leave the car with him on Saturday.

Quote is at the higher end of what i was expecting but going with it anyway :wink:


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:48 pm 
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It's car shopping time again and sadly the two seater Fiat has got to go. We're going to buy new, but there's a 5-6 month wait on the car we want, and mrs rumble needs something that's more practical/economical ASAP as she needs it for work. Plan is to get a runaround for the 6 months while we wait for the new motor then trade it in. Two choices I could get as pretty close to a cashless swap for the Barchetta, both 2003 models:

1: Suzuki Ignis Sport. Just under 70k miles, 6 months MOT.
2: Alfa 147 2.0 TS. Just under 50k miles, FSH, also 6 months MOT.

I think either would probably do the job for 6 months, think the wee Suzuki would be a bit of a laugh but then I've never had an Alfa yet. On the other hand I think if I went for the Alfa I might fall in love and then be loathe to trade it in when the time comes. Suzuki is also cheaper to insure, tax and gets better mpg - so it's a no-brainer is it?


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 Post subject: Re: MOTOR CHAT
PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:02 am 
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Yup it is a no brainer, my Alfa is like a jinxed bag of spanners and costs a fortune for essential maintainance and drinks fuel... you will also need a new timing belt unless it has been fitted already: £400+

Best bet would be to check out the alfa forum see all the issues then buy the alfa anyway :)

I love mine and will be very sad to see it go.


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