Mark - you must be gutted that it failed but at least it only cost £800 to repair and the warranty company picked up some of that.
I do hope that you changed the waterpump, even though it appeared OK..
That really is annoying Mark - glad you got it sorted. And as Dan suggests, hope you replaced the waterpump as well........
Hi guys, thanks for the condolences.
Yes, the water pump was then replaced, i should have pointed that out.
The Alfa specialist garage i took it to originally assumed that the pump had failed and caused the belt to fail as they rarely see belt failures on their own.
The reason it was approx £800 for me and another £800 for the warranty company was that this was the work that was carried out:
- Cambelt/tentioners/pulleys replacement.
- Rocker gasket, all x8 rockers replaced (not all visibly broken, hydraulic lifters/tappits undamaged - i'm REALLY glad of the design of the JTD engine with the upright valves and sacrificial rockers!).
- Remainder of 68k service (fully synth oil & all filters, etc).
At the same time they found a pair of power steering pipes that were corroded and weeping (£300 inc labour).
Also, since getting the car i've realised that the clutch is on its last legs (right at the very top of travel) - will be approx £600 inc labour.
Then there's the radiator still to be done that is past on its last legs (found a note on the service history recommending it to be replaced 3 years ago!) - will be approx £300 inc labour.
Then they also noticed that its one of the later 156's with the "underseal - wots underseal" problem and the entire floorpan has surface rust. Needs stripped, shotblasted and painted/sealed, or a yearly rust removal and waxoyl - will be approx £??
EDIT: Oh yeah, and the rear wiper motor packed up just after i got the car back. I fixed that myself although it took a few hours.
EDIT: Oh and i've been through x3 replacements of those halogen sidelights already, that are such a joy to replace (£8ea).
EDIT: And i forgot, they noticed that one of the oil cooler in/out pipes is corroded and about to fail anytime soon.
EDIT: And the engine started leaking oil last week.
EDIT: And just bought an EODB cable as the Airbag warning light started playing up a couple of weeks back.
Other than that it's a lovely car...
When i bought it i knew that the mot was due a month later (approx £200 - needed new discs and pads all round, i did this before mot) (approx £160 - needed a wishbone on the day of mot).
Also knew that the service was looming soon, although couldn't have foreseen the cambelt failure on top of that. I was too focused on the Ti spec leather seats and 17" rims and pearlescent paintwork (dark blue with a purple flip in bright sunlight) and getting the next rung on the Alfa ladder from the 155 lol.
All in all, this is the worst car for problems and money i have ever come across and 4 months into ownership the "happy new car" feeling has pretty well fookin rubbed off. Hope never to bump into the previous owner in a dark alleyway either, who was an RAC mechanic and wouldn't budge on full book price for the car, despite other faults not listed here and the looming mot and service and brakes. Some of these faults became obvious within days of having the car, they knew the lying sods. Really glad i stretched myself to buy this Alfa daddy wagon (diesel estate). I had many problems with the Alfa 155 over the years, but this is just taking the *****.
Ahem, better stop now as it's winding me up...
Doctor says to take the blue pills and leave the sharp objects alone, just play with the crayons and carry on licking the windows...