Official V6 interval for 2.5, 3.0 and 3.2 is still 72k & 5 years in the UK.
I wouldn't go past 50k to be honest, or 4 years. You need to make sure both idlers are changed as well as the tensioner & idler. Would make sense to change the waterpump as well unless you know it has already been fitted with a 3.0 GTV waterpump.
Thanks for the info. Very reassuring.
I have receipts from an alfa specialist from 20k ago for a full cambelt change (cost him nearly a grand
) and clutch, so I guess I dont have much to worry about
Why'd you want a SW then Munk?
Not sure if you know, but I only got this car as it was the first thing offered to me as a straight swap (on swapz.co.uk) for my old e36. I'd been 'trading up' from a £200 bag of nails e30 318 touring with the intention of ending up with another e39.
Via a jdm predlude, civic coupe, lexus ls400 and a few others I'd got to a spankingly clean e36 323 without spending a penny... It was clean enough and worth enough (1k+) for me to consider an actual cash sale... but it went sour when it started overheating a lot. I replaced the entire cooling system on it but it didnt fix it, so I put it up for swapz.
The first car I was offered was a very clean, massive service history 156 v6... but it only had a days mot on it, the owner was scared by the alfa reputation I guess and figured a bmw with a known fault was better than an alfa with any number of possible ailments...
I've always liked 156's so I jumped at the chance. By the time I drove 50 miles home (in 5th, didnt realise there was a 6th), I was hooked good and proper... It passed its mot without an advisory
But I digress, I'm rambling... I have always loved estates, over any other body style [ref; the matt black e30 and its dozen or so predecessors/erm... post-decessors(?)].
They just look right to me. The 156 I had always hankered for was the SW. I 'settled' for the saloon thinking it would give me the alfa experience, get it out of my system, then I could go back to the plan and get an e39.
The plan didnt work. After years of keeping cars for a matter of weeks, the alfa stole my heart and I've had it for over 6 months now... I even taxed and mot'd it
(Mr Gunn can attest just how big a deal that is with me)
But as much as I love it and the alfa experience so far, vehicular and social... It did nothing but make me want to do it right, with an estate.
So, long story short (or not) now I want an estate...
Thanks for listening
Oh and we have a big euro roadtrip planned this summer and I'd rather have a Wagon than a roofbox.