Repairing an Alfa Romeo 156 with broken timing belt?
I bought a 156 1.8 16V TS from 2001 in November last year, and I been driving it with a smile everyday. Until last week when it suddenly stopped on my way home from a day in the quarry. The throttle lost all resistance, and the car quickly lost its speed. I had to be pushed away and get a recovery guy to tow it home. I asked a mechanic down the road to come over and have a look at it, he thinks it's the timing belt from the sound and the fact it's an Alfa Romero.
I been searching the web to figure out if it's worth spending the money getting it fixed, or whether I'm better off spending the money on a new car..
First question, is it worth repairing and how much should I expect the repairs to be?
Second question, when its in the garage and undergoing quiet a lot of work should I spend a bit more and replace any other parts, and which parts? I don't have the service history of the car. It's from 2001 and got 89.000 miles on the clock.
Third and last question, can anyone recommend a cheap but most of all reliable mechanic in Dublin?
In advance thanks a lot for any help and advice.