the Alfa is re-born!
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: United Kingdom
Best advice to give you mate is DON'T USE THAT GARAGE FOR IT!
You are correct, it might sound like not very many miles for a belt change, especially when you consider some HDI diesel engines nowadays don't require a cambelt change until 150,000 but these Twinspark engines are a different kettle of fish. The original interval was set at 72,000 miles but Alfa changed their mind later on about this and changed it to 36,000...they must have had good reason to do so (i.e. multiple cambelt failures)!
The belt also requires a special set of tools to fit correctly so I would definately use the Alfa specialist for this job. I paid £370 for a belt change on a 2.0 TS (included cambelt, tensioners and balance belt) at a so called Alfa specialist when I bought the car (48,000 miles) but I was never give the option to replace the variator which has just started to rattle so I would definately get that done as the timing belt has to come of to get at it.