age is only a number
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Join Date: Aug 2004
Re: Cam Belt on a 147 Lusso T Spark
Worth trying Alfa if it has a good service history, although you are not only 4000 miles past the (amended) mileage for a belt change - you are also a year past it......its 36000 or 3 years.
But my recommendation would be a recon head - search on Ebay for Engine express, IIRC - they do an exchange head for around £330 including gaskets, or did, a few months ago...hang on I've just found his number - 01706 826260 (Mark). Get a full set of belts and tensioners from the usual suppliers - alternative autos, shop4parts, EB spares - and get a local independent Alfa specialist to swap the head and as said above, drop the sump and swap the big-end bearings. If they say they don't need to do that, take the car elsewhere - they are chancers.....
Total bill will still be knocking on £1000 - but a lot better than a write-off.....
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