I recently purchased an Alfa Romeo 156 TS 2003 with 79,000miles, no service history, lovely leather interior, and big spoiler on the back. It is probably the ugliest green/very light blue colour going (officially its blue), but I like it (see pic), and I currently feel 18 again which is good considering I am 42.
I spent £1800 on the car which may or may not turn out to be a good deal (the car seems to run fine) my question is this, as it has no service history, and I have read up that 156's need a cambelt/waterpump service at 72,000miles, (I am guessing that service hasn't been done), is there a. anyway of telling whether that service has been completed, or b. should I just get the cambelt/waterpump service done anyway.
If b. can anyone recommend an Alfa specialist in or around the Herts/Bucks area ?
i think i would have it done soon as possible its going to cost you alot more if it goes . did you buy it from a garage or private it it was private you would think they would no weather it had been recently changed because it aint like a 50 quid job you would forget about . dealer might not have any history
The cambelt and tensioners need doing at 36000 or every three years - failure means huge amounts of cash. If there is no evidence that it has been done after 36k you are on borrowed time. water pump is only another £ 35.00 so you might as well have it done at the same time
Hi I would recommend anybody who has bought a new vehicle (not just Alfa's) to have there timing belts/waterpump replaced whether there is history or no history, why risk it when you can have peice of mind from a early start. On average the cost of this work being done is 15-20% cost of a engine repair or rebuild.
The trouble is that the work involved to inspect you would be better off getting it replaced because you cannot guarantee how long it will last, also people are not made aware that they require periodic replacements and it is taken for granted. When I carry out services on cars (I work on all makes and recently become a enthusiast on Alfa's) I always make a point about commenting on timing belt replacement, whether doing a small service or a full service, even if I replaced a year or two years previous.
Hi mate.. When I sold her all the history was passed on with it... I bought it from a bloke in Rotheram.. It had lots of money spent on it last year for it MOT (£1400). It can with a bill for a cam belt when I bought it but I thought it was a bit iffy myself & was in the process of getting Ned at Autolusso to do it just before I sold it ( They know the car !!!). They will charge you about £300. It had 4 tyres,drop link bushes & service including plugs oil & filters before the MOT...It needs anti-roll bar bushes ASAP. Any more info required,just email. Enjoy her,I did... Jay.