Re: Do you need a specialist to do the cambelt change?
... a local guy did the mates 1.6 litre 147 - fully competent, nice chap, time served on Mercs, took the time to find out the methods, and get the right tools, in fact I checked the work and it was done properly
Took him 2 weeks! - but he knows what to do next time! - and he only managed as I gave him the Jaap Bouma guide and his mate worls in a Fiat shop down South.
Qualified and experienced in the marque is essential for a right first time job.
Unqualified - no
Qualified, good rep,. but no marque experience? be prepared to guide him - dont expect them to know how/what/when
Cheaper and easier to go to a specialist with the right training, tools, experience, insurance and reputation.