Re: Variator £££ ????
Hi Stejmiller - what do y mean by "I've had the cam done.........". If y had a new inlet camshaft fittet the fitter ought to have changed the variator or fitted a repar kit to it before reassembly. If the job was done by an Alfa dealer or specialist not long ago, he should repair or change the thing only charging y labor and parts additional to the original bill.
But I haven't heard of a variator that just went wrong in a matter of short time, usely the noise gets gradually worse until y can't stad it anymore. Mayby it something different that have gone wrong.
Normally a noisy variator will not harm anything but the ears of bystanders or reduce engine power, for that matter.