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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-27-2009, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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Recommended service centres in Auckland?

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New subscriber and very happy owner of a '99 166 until I got an estimate of $4500 for a cambelt and water pump change. Can anyone recommend a good and hopefully cheaper service agent?

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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-27-2009, 09:09 PM
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Welcome to the BB Matthew

The two places in Auckland that I have had good experiences are the Italian job (north shore) and performance automotive (onehunga) . Both are good but Performance auto would probably be cheaper for labour (in my opinon)

Did you get your quote from CCS ?

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Thanks for the advice Nick. I'll try them tomorrow.

I spoke to Italian Auto Centre, Otahuhu. The guy I bought it off suggested they were cheaper than CCS.

On CCS, I spoke to them before I bought it and they advised against imports, citing amongst other things, the impossibility/expense of getting the Japanese-spec computer to work in English. With the right advice, it took less than two minutes... so I'm not keen to go back to them for anything.

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Italian Auto Centre...

...in Otahuhu is another specialist. Only ever dealt with them for second hand parts (they cornered the market a couple of years back for 75 TS wrecks). Apparantly the cars were made of solid gold...

All parts I've priced from them have been same price as CCS. Crazy.

The thought of having to pay anyone else to service cars (any cars really) is scary! Almost every time I've dealt with mechanics I've had trouble, apart from the odd turbo or suspension specialist.

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Thanks for the advice. Much appreciated. I'm a bit out of my depth with servicing (for the last 20 years ago) but I gag at the spares prices which definitely 'think-of-a-number'.
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that doesnt sound right at all,

Think i would have laughed at them if some quoted me that much for a belt and pump change, admittedly the 166 is front wheel drive and for what i have experienced they aren't alot of fun to do, but even if you factor 15hours each way at $60 an hour its still $1800, and around a grand in bits.

I have to get a tensioner and belt for a late 164 24valve, and tensioner is $450 alone, think kit came to $750, luckily engine is out and going into a rear drive car.

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Hi Matthew...

I'm with Nick on this one...

Pete (The Italian Job) and Tony (Performance Automotive) both really know their way around Alfas!

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Thumbs up good alfa mechanic

there is a young fella in west auckland that did his time on alfas and definately knows his way around them,I've found that alot of so called experts can't handle the technical stuff but fortunately this guy has a few more "smarts" than most alfa machanics I have met and is'nt scared to do the work on them without the "plug and play" scenerio I have had previously with CC who like to play hit and miss with your money.

well worth giving him a look as he could do the 166 cam belt for a lot less than the $4500 quoted by another member.
he's the only fella I let touch my 164 v6. also good on turbos and fast fours,also services my gto twin turbo and my jeep cherokee , very reasonable rates and good access to parts.
his name is Dion and his bussiness is WESTEC AUTOMOTIVE situated in westech place,kelston(up by glendene) he can be contacted on 021-329744

definately worth going to
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Thread may be a bit old now but who cares.

CCS in not servicing Alfa's anymore but there staff have gone to Andrew Simms. From my experience stay well well well well well clear of them for a couple of reasons. They skin you on the parts like you would not beleive. The quality of there work is shocking. Forgetting to put oil seals in gearboxes, forgetting to put OIL in the car. Customer compaining of misfire and they dont even put it on the Diagnostic machine (O2 Sensor was disconected but muffler shop) Putting the wrong parts in a Alfa 33 gear box. The list goes on and on. I have dealt with Pete at the Italian Job Service Centre in Target road Glenfield (444 6739) and even though the shop may look a bit tatty the quality of his work is absoletely first rate. Reasonable charge out rate but more importantly he fixes it right first time and gives you a fair deal. He does have the diagnostic equipment needed for the newer cars and can actually use it properly. Fixed my Integrale 30 minutes (900 idle control valve apparently faulty) but he tried one from another car that didnt fix it, then worked out it the throttle position sensor wa giving a false signal. Said that alot of peole much around with this to mask other issues so reset the whole lot and runs sweet. Charged me 1/2 an hours labour!
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Yeah, I've used Pete at the Italian Job a few times, He knows his stuff and the work he did was good. Nothing Alfa is cheap though...

MarkAsh,

You can usually clean Lancia/Fiat idle control valves out with CRC contact cleaner and they run like new again. Worth doing, even if they are working at the time.

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Thread may be a bit old now but who cares.

CCS in not servicing Alfa's anymore but there staff have gone to Andrew Simms. From my experience stay well well well well well clear of them for a couple of reasons. They skin you on the parts like you would not beleive. The quality of there work is shocking. Forgetting to put oil seals in gearboxes, forgetting to put OIL in the car. Customer compaining of misfire and they dont even put it on the Diagnostic machine (O2 Sensor was disconected but muffler shop) Putting the wrong parts in a Alfa 33 gear box. The list goes on and on. I have dealt with Pete at the Italian Job Service Centre in Target road Glenfield (444 6739) and even though the shop may look a bit tatty the quality of his work is absoletely first rate. Reasonable charge out rate but more importantly he fixes it right first time and gives you a fair deal. He does have the diagnostic equipment needed for the newer cars and can actually use it properly. Fixed my Integrale 30 minutes (900 idle control valve apparently faulty) but he tried one from another car that didnt fix it, then worked out it the throttle position sensor wa giving a false signal. Said that alot of peole much around with this to mask other issues so reset the whole lot and runs sweet. Charged me 1/2 an hours labour!
Took my Alfa 33 to Simon Lucas European North Shore to have the interior light and faulty central-locking repaired, plus a service and WOF. During the WOF it was noted that the master cylinder was rusted and needed to be replaced. We were advised of this by the Service Adviser when we phoned for a progress report. We told him that we were happy to have it replaced. Later we were advised that it was not that badly rusted and did not require replacement. Got car back after 2 weeks (time not of the essence) and had the brakes fail on the way home. Called the service centre, advised them of the brake failure, the fact that the car now idled at 2500rpm and that the car now automatically locked you in the vehicle without pressing any buttons on the mongoose alarm or using the key. They had the car collected. They could "find nothing wrong" with the brakes. Told me the auto-locking was a "feature" of the Alfa and that they could not tune my car because the carburettor was missing a butterfly plate on one of the choke barrels (carb was standard from factory with only one butterfly plate).
It would appear that after owning the vehicle for 25 years from new, I knew nothing about the car and should not argue with their greater knowledge.
Suffice it to say that I now don't know if the service and oil-change was completed properly - have still to get the interior light and central-locking repaired AGAIN (at additional cost to me). Simon Lucas have offered to re-look at the interior light and central-locking - unfortunately my confidence in their abilities has been shattered and I will not avail myself of their offer.
I will not recommend nor use them again.
I have read the posts for servicing on ABB and will try some of the recommended workshops that seem to have the vote of confidence from other ABB members.

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Hi and welcome...

It's an unfortunate way to learn who's worth giving your business to and who isn't... Two weeks for them to do that to you is a joke!

Good Alfa mechanics are like rocking horse doo-dah!... Pete at the Italian Job and Tony at Performance Automotive have been looking after my Italians for years... Pete's actually rebuilding a gearbox for me at the moment!

If you stick to one of those two you're very unlikely to go wrong...

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Thanks for the quick response, Mike. I will give one of these a try and here's hoping...

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Hi, for what it's worth I paid $3400 for the belts/tensioner/water pump/idlers service on my GTA( I needed a new top engine mount too which was about $80 which is included). The work was done by Maurice Thomson Motors in Te Awamutu, from memory there was 18 hours labour. They supplied all the parts which cost about the same as if I have got them from EB spares in the UK.
Who ever does your service make sure they give/show you all the parts they take out. There are plenty of "new" cam belts failures that start from a failed "old" tensioner.
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Hi all!

First time poster and very late to the party...

I have been fortunate to have in my care a 1999 gtv that looks to require a cambelt replacement and possibly other things..

Anyway I came across this forum while searching for someone to perform the service.

From this thread it looks like here in Auckland The Italian Job and Performance Auto seem to be a good place to start along with possibly Italian Auto Centre?

Just wondering if anyone has had experience with the people at this place called forzaworks?

www.forzaworks.co.nz

Anyway, gratefully appreciate any advice from the experienced owners here.


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