<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by splashalot2000:
<strong>Ahem, as I said in my post - Alfa Romeo Australia recommend replacing the timing belt at 60,000kms or 36 months - whichever comes first. My 147 has a factory 5 year/140,000km warranty, so if the belt breaks before then, ARA are up for the cost of the rebuild. My 147 currently has 2,500kms, so I'm not stressing about replacing the belt just yet!
The point I was trying (unsuccessfully) to make is that people are quick to accuse Alfa if a timing belt breaks, but is it Alfa Romeo's fault?Who makes the belts? Aren't they to blame for a shoddy product? What if one of those same belts breaks in a Mercedes? Is it then the fault of the Mercedes engine? I don't follow the logic....</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Alfa Romeo choose the components and the manufacturer who supplies them, are you suggesting we try and chase the cambelt manufacturer? I doubt you are so where should the buck stop? I'm dammed if I am going to try and chase someone other than Alfa Romeo for a problem with one of their cars.
They are the ones who are suppose to do all the research and development before the cars even get to us, so yeah it's their fault in my opinion.
I've had several Alfas over the years and I know I will own probably a few more yet, my point is if the window breaks do we chase pilkington glass or whoever? or if the paint comes off try and trace the paint manufacturer! No we don't I know it's a rubber belt but Alfa Romeo chose it, end of, they make mistakes thats why recalls exist.