Now driving a BMW :(
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Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: West Yorkshire
Interesting article in a trade mag this morning about cambelts. It says that four year replacement is a good guide if it has not already been changed because of mileage. It goes on to say that it is not precise due to the type of driving the car does. City driving is the worse as engines run hotter and belts can break down much more rapidly in a car exposed to stop start driving.
You need to be aware of this when buying a used car as you don't know what type of driving the car has been used for.
As for the mileage side of things, Vauxhall used to say 80,000 and now suggest 40,000. Alfa used to say 72,000 and now say 36,000 - or at least an inspection at 36,000. BUT the only way to inspect a cam belt is to take it off, so for £19, you would put a new one on wouldn't you??
Yes maybe Alfa should attempt to contact every owner in the world. Yes, maybe they should get all their dealers singing off the same hymn sheet, but until they do, next time you wang round to 7000 rpm, just think when was your belt last done.
Bottom line - 4 years or 36,000 miles, which ever comes first.