Fair point,but to be honest I have had cars in the past with cambelts similar to that on Alfas but they do not seem to perish as easily I have seen Dyco belts recommended for Alfas and I am sure these are the same used by other manufacturers so why such a short lifespan or are the Alfa branded replacements made with inferior materials,I will probably bite the bullet as I have always maintained my cars to the highest standards but I object to feeling I have to do it when in reality there is really no way any good quality part should not last longer than 10k over a three year period, I appreciate time has an effect on all moving parts but my first Alfa a 2002 156 that did 40k in 18mths and did not have the belts replaced I had no problems with,as at that time Alfa recommended 5 yrs or 72k but changed it to 3yr/36k due to warranty claims thus saving them a fortune as they obviously felt safer keeping any possible claims within there standard warranty period,as a matter of interest does anyone know who manufactures the belts Alfa use ?
I believe Gates are the manufacturer for the Alfa belts. Dayco are popular with the specialists, and all tensioners are also made by Dayco.
I'm sure there are lots of threads on timing gear for the TS/JTS engines. You could probably put together a Masters thesis on the tensioners alone
Way back in the early lifespan of these engines (CF1, prhaps a bit later) we had the 'Black' tensioners, these tended to disintegrate well before replacement time, so along came the 'White' tensioner. This was much better, but for some reason (can anyone explain?) this gave way to the 'Metal' tensioner, sometime in late 2004 I think.
From what I've heard the current metal tensioner is a little less forgiving on the belts. The white ones were again a composite material, and were probably easier on the belts, so with the metal one Alfa Romeo decided to play safe and go for 3 years/36,000 miles, whichever come first.
Either way I don't think anyone has won with the running gear on the TS/JTS engines, except for the parts suppliers and the specialist repairers
It's never been right, I think it is ludicrous for anyone to fork out every 3 years/36,000 miles for belts/tensioner changes etc, plus if the variator gets noisy bunge that on the bill as well. At least with regular oil/filter changes (at least every 6,000 miles/6 months) you may extend the life of the variator, if you're lucky.
Bu the truth is the TS/JTS engines are too expensive to maintain, and if the truth be told (or if you want to be vicious about it), the outlay for these engines simply doesn't match the performance and reliability you get in return. I find it absolutely staggering that TS engines are still manufactured for the 147 Alfas. I can only assume Alfa have plenty of old TS engines to use up? But why these grossly inefficient (in today's CO2 terms) engines are still being sold, with a ludicrously frightening maintenance schedule, really beggars all belief! Only the Italians could do this, and perhaps, ultimately, only a mad marketing brand like Alfa Romeo can fob a moribund and thoroughly outdated engine on the buying public.