I was wondering if you would be able to help me please? I bought my Alfa Romeo 147 1.6 TS Lusso last year via a private sale. The car had a full Alfa Romeo dealer service history and had done approx 34K miles I loved the car
1. At the end of June 2008 the car broke down, it was towed to a local garage and they identified that the cam belt had broken and consequently repaired the engine for £900.
2. 3 weeks later I took the car to our local Alfa Romeo dealer to check the engine repair was OK. No engine/running faults were identified, except a possible airflow meter fault. This cost £105 (31st July 2008).
3. On 10th August the car broke down doing 50mph. My local Alfa Romeo dealer stripped the engine and found that one of the valves had snapped, resulting in a hole in the engine cylinder/piston (I'm not very technical!), at a cost of approx. £300.
The Alfa Romeo dealer believes that the engine problems are due to the damage caused by the cam belt breaking.
The Alfa Romeo dealer have told me the car requires a new engine, which they verbally quoted as costing £3200. So, I can now either:
Scrap a 5 year old car with a FSH & low mileage for it’s age (approximately 57000); ORSpend a further £3200, in addition to the £1300 I have already spent on repairs and checks due to the cam belt failing, to make the car roadworthy. According to Parkers car price guide the repaired car would be worth £3200.
I now understand that the service schedule was updated in November 2006. The cam belt change was updated from the 72K/5-year service to the 36K service. My car has had 2 Alfa Romeo dealer services since this cam belt update, in November 2006 and June 2007, the cam belt was not changed at either. I'm afraid that I didn't know it need to be done either
The Alfa Romeo dealer who checked the repair work will not take any responsibility.
The valve manufacturer will inspect their valve and take responsibilty if it is proven faulty; if we tow the car 100 miles to their workshop!
I have explained the problem to Alfa Romeo customer service who claim to be unable to help as the car is too old (5 years) and I invalidated my service history by having my service at 39K (i.e. based on mileage) instead of waiting another 6 months when it would be 5 years since the vehicle was registered.
Can anyone help please????