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I'm looking for a good Alfa shop in the Cincinnati area. I've had a Spider for 14 years and have stuck with one shop. Due to a questionable situation involving them, I would like to explore alternative shops.

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I've owned many Alfas over the years and European Auto Specialists is the only place in town that I've ever taken them too. You can take your Alfa someplace else but they won't know what they're doing and would probably screw it up. European does a great job and has decades of Alfa experience behind them. Their prices are competitive with other shops which is great considering the experience in the shop.

Not sure what's going on but if you don't want to spend money on repairs possibly learning how to do it yourself is really the only other option. If you decide to do the work yourself this forum can prove to be an invaluable resource. What is wrong with yoru spider?
 

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Alfa Repair shops in Cincinnati

Thanks for your input Tim,

I've been going to European since they opened. I bought my Alfa in 1997 when Skip still owned the place and John Case worked there. I liked John alot. I've been very loyal to Lee as well. The car is about 95% restored.

Well, due to a recent repair quote where they marked some parts up over 335% (motor mounts), and 200% (tranny mount), I decided to look elsewhere. By the way, I asked about this and European was unrepentant on their parts pricing. I'm sorry, by why don't they just raise their hourly shop rate by $5-$10 per hour? I felt like they wanted to gouge me.

So I stumbled onto Sam Smyth Imported Car Service on Remington Rd. He spent 35-40 minutes--at no charge to me--to look at my car. He's not sure I even need motor mounts, but said he will put the car on the lift and double check them when I have my water pump replaced. Sam reprimanded me for not paying enough attention to my engine compartment. I had to admit he was right and I'm now inspired to address that this season. He showed me several things that had been neglected or sloppily attended to by European. It was obvious. (Dangling wires, poorly tightened bolts that caused oil leakage, missing bolt gaskets, plastic parts that had been over tightened and cracked (and now need replacing), inoperable license plate lights, and the list goes on.

I think this guy has earned a shot at my business. Check out the positive reviews on his website Smyth Import Auto Service, Repair, Restoration, Appraisal 513-793-0434 - /Default.asp

Thanks,

Tim Freije
 
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