I wouldn't say the price was that great TBH.
AforAlfa does the belts and variator for £270 on the 1.8TS engine (includes VAT and labour). A water pump is £35 from Shop4Parts (~15 mins to fit when the belts are off), a set of 8 NGK Platinum spark plugs are £65 off eBay (~20 mins to fit), and a crank sensor is £30 from Shop4Parts (no more than an hour to fit by an experienced mechanic).
Anyway, at least you haven't got any of those things to worry about again for a good few years and I'm sure it's running much better than it was before
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