R.I.P Allan Simonsen
AO Silver Member
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: United Kingdom
the fact the variator rattles for nearly a minute on start up suggests its been that way for some time, so i do have to wonder if the cam belt change was done properly, as most decent independents will at least recommend the variator is changed at the same time, even more so if it was noisy. this would also lead me to question if the balance shaft belt was changed too
is there a receipt for the cam belt change? people occasionally use the cheapest possible garage to change the belt before sale thus using what should be quite an expensive job as a selling point, even though its not in reality been done properly. sadly this often ends in tears, as there are a number of things that can be bodged / damaged if a back street garage tries to do the job without the correct tools.
without a receipt, treat it as if the cam belt hasn't been changed. the variator noise suggests corners have been cut.
your budget should be enough to buy a top notch 156, a slightly tappety one with a noisy variator doesn't sound that great, even less so if you take into account the brake pads and lacquer. I'd walk away personally, you can do a lot better with your budget.
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