So it had passed its first long journey. A check of the oil - as recommended by AlfaOwner.com
, a great source of information on all Alfas - was important as some of these cars can use up to one litre/1000 miles
- and we were ready to go again. Another big issue is the cam belt, which needs changing every 72,000miles
on the V6 with visual checks at 60,000miles
. The 2.0 litre T spark needs the cam belt changing every 36,000 miles! It’s incredible, in this day and age, that Alfa Romeo research and development would sign this off
If it's over 0.5L/1000 the engine should begeting rebuilt.
Never leae it till the interval, and ARUK are possibly moving this down to 50K.
Check at 60K, for the extra 10 mins work during the service, you mayaswell change it.
Alfa R&D never did sign that off. ARUK took it upon themselves to lower the interval to that after suffering massive profit losses on belts failing before the original 72K/5 yr schedule, as then it was the owner at fault and not the car, shame they never told any owners OFFICIALLY.
In fact it is quite a poor review which had I not owned the marque for 18 years would not convince me to purchase one. The type of things that need to be put into the script are the copious amounts of room, great road holding, fantastic sound and outstanding relibility, something that owners of other marks just don't believe when they find out that my original cam belt last 9 years and 105K on a T spark. Plus the gramma isn't all that impressive either.