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Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: United Arab Emirates
County: Abu Zaby
Re: Alfa Romeo 147 to the scrap heap?????
Sad to hear your news. If that was an original cam belt that lasted til 72k then you have a small miracle to claim next time you are in church. If it was the second one then it went dead on time (no pun intended) so either way it's not an unusual occurrence. Bascially you can't own one of these cars if you aren't in the know regarding the maintenance..... or you use a specialist independent or main dealer to service it on the nail every time.
You don't say how old the car is, or how long you've had it - but assuming you were perfectly happy with it before it went bang - and it is in good nick and you love it (most of us do) - then you have the option of going to a specialist like autolusso who do replacement engines for your, fully fitted and warranted, inc VAT for 1500 quid.
If you are happy with your car, and all else is in good nick, then this would be the "least worst" option as you'd have a fully working motor, with warranty that you can trust for 1500 quid.
If on the other hand you had reservations about the car, or it had other issues, then breaking it and selling the parts might bring a few hundred quid.... but no car. Then you could take your few hundred quid and use it as a deposit on a new car which would be an unknown quantity and could blow up on you at a later date.
1500 quid sounds a lot, but if it puts you back on the road in a car you love and that should then last you a few more years then it's not the end of the world.
TBH - if you'd had to have previously paid for 2 new cambelts by properly servicing the car you'd have been not far off 1,000 pounds down by now anyway!
Good luck either way. Just don't give it back to a main dealer and spend 2-3000 on a fix up job.