Tin worm attack ...
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Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: United Kingdom
'mega-bucks' sounds like they also don't want to help ... find an Alfa specialist. Who's in the Dorset area guys? If you plan to have a go yourself, you'll need a few special tools like camlocks, etc and good tool kit (sockets, torx bits, etc)
It's probably worth fixing it .. for £800 plus this work you might have a useful little car. Not all Alfa's are the dogs people think. Mine had an engine rebuild at 73K when the cambelt failed (more correctly the cambelt idler seized!) and it's now done 153K .. to 300+ journeys in past two days saw 37 and 35 MPG and that's a 2.0. Mainly motorway, but yesterday was up the A303 from Yeovil and not sedately!
If the variator has gone (do all 1.6s have one?), you will need a cambelt change anyway. The head might be OK, but you can probably pick up a good 2nd hand one.
PS I was working on two laptops at same time ... hence overlap with Rockhopper!
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Last edited by gazza82; 25-02-11 at 10:47.
Reason: added ps