I'm sorry that this thread has mainly been me ranting, but if even 1 person who is new to Alfa (like me), is not a mechanic (or mechanically minded) or fears the thought of DIY car maintenance reads this then it will have done its job.
This is what I have just received from the Alfa dealership that has my car........bear in mind, this has happened because they never changed a £30-£50 pump when i asked them to......
"Took timing covers off for inspection found timing belt shredded due to water pump seized then took cam box off this included taking out injector and pipes to find out if rockers damaged. Confirmed damage done. (NO S$*T SHERLOCK!!!!!)
16 rockers and tappetts
timing belt and tentioner with idler
cambox gasket with 4 injector seals and pipes
3 parts of timing cover and aux belt with change of coolant"
As for how much they want.....well I think they got distracted working it out and have accidentally put the time off of their digital watch down!
Last edited by Sy68; 18-03-10 at 11:37.