Now just the 147..
AO Silver Member
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: United Kingdom
Twin Spark Cambelts
I've just stumbled across this forum, having had an Alfa Red 147 1.6 Lusso with natural leather Momo seats for 16 months now from new.Excellent Reading and Driving.
Re Cambelts, it would appear that the advice on here is now change at 36K on the TS engine, as opposed to 70/72K?
This brings a substantial cost into my first 3 years of ownership which I had not expected and to be honest I feel is unreasonable in this age of low maintenace/ 'maintenance free' engines from other manufacturers.
Has anyone tried to claim the cost of the new cambelt and labour as a item inside the 3 year Warranty, outside of a total cambelt failure?
I just feel the goalposts on this expensive item have been moved substantially since I bought the car.
What do others think?
Incidentally I have experienced many of the niggles that have been reported here on my 147 including squeaking suspension bushes and the non cancelling indicators.
However the best was a creak from the front of the car as I turned either left or right when there was a camber to the road. After the replacement of a number of suspension components, it was eventually traced to the bonnet hinges!
Fair play to Dixons of Horsforth , Leeds as they stuck to the task.
Having said all this, I love my 147 although I do fancy a 156 Sportwagon 16 v mjet....
P.S. Are the speedos electronically calibrated to allow for the different wheel sizes? I have 16 " Sports wheels but see many 15" Elegants about