Cambelt - Old Dealer Issue
Hi all - sorry, for the long-ish post.
Last night, my 2003 Alfa 147 broke down with the Motor Control Failure error. It was towed to an Alfa garage, who said that the cambelt had snapped, damaging the engine and a gave me a list of things that needed to be fixed - quoted a price of £2800 or £3100 for a new engine. Great!
The car has only done 45,000 miles - the garage informed me that the cambelt should have been changed at 32,000 miles or 3 years. I bought the car in June 2006, it came with a 2 year warranty and so was serviced at an Alfa garage with genuine Alfa parts. The first service was done in 2007, six months after the new cambelt instruction had been released from Alfa.
I've found my May 2007, 24,000 mile service receipt and there is no mention of the cambelt needing changing. In fact, the official maintenance programme sheet still states that the belt needs changing at 72,000 miles - the box has been ticked to say it had been checked.
I know I'm clutching at straws somewhat, but does anyone think that I would have any comeback with the servicing garage whatsoever? It was serviced again there in 2008 just before the warranty ran out, and again there was no mention of the cambelt.
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.