I'm a bit worried now, why would a local garage say 72k?
I noticed you guys have 156's - does this apply to the 147 also? Thanks for advice - the last thing I want is for the engine to blow.
If anyone with a 147 diesel M-Jet could tell me when they did the cambelt - I'd be grateful.
Perhaps the point needs to be made clearer:
1) The official cambelt change on the JTD 16v and 20v engines is 72,000 miles/5 years.
2) However there is a problem with the waterpump on these engines - the bearings seize and this breaks the cambelt.
3) When this happens the top end gets damaged (but hopefully not the valves, as the rockers are sacrificial).
4) Typical dealer cost to repair is £1,200. Specialists such as Autolusso charge £850.
5) However the official Alfa dealerships refuse to acknowledge there's a problem with the waterpump.
6) So you can take your own initiative and change the cambelt/tensioner/idler/waterpump/coolant earlier than the recommended 72,000 miles/5 years. The decision is yours.
7) This problem is the same on all JTD 16v and 20v Alfas fitted with the same waterpump: 147,156,GT,159, Brera, 946 Spider.
8) Take a look at the sticky thread in this lounge - so far 26 cases reported by members of waterpump/cambelt failure.
Hope that's of help.