My 156 V6 has just had its 144,000 miles service. It was a little early at 142.5K but there were some funny noises coming from under the timing belt cover and it was running a little rough and gutless. There were a few other bits to take care of too so of it went to the garage for a week(!)
The 72K service is a real biggie and is certainly quite expensive. I chose to use my local dealers who are actually very good, expensive but helpful and knowledgeable (yes, really, they are an Alfa dealership!). Although I could have saved money with a local Alfa specialist, when it comes to the timing belt and attendant parts I prefer a the no questions asked warranty that they will give me if something fails. Its much less hassling. I once had a complete 60K service repeated because of a faulty Alfa spark plug - try getting that at a local garage, they just can't afford to do it.
The 72K service includes timing belt and a change of brake fluid, examiner session as well as all of the usual oily items, plus;
Replace PAS fluid
Strip and clean all brakes
New fog light (no glass)
New under tray (in tatters)
Secure loose heat shield
Secure battery (??)
A few bulbs, many screws, bits and pieces
Some exhaust rubbers (mine seems to lose them regularly)
New locking nuts (thanks to Kwack Fit for over tightening the other ones)
Timing belt tensioner
Fix loose handbrake lever (missing bolt)
New MAF sensor (airflow meter)
Oh yeah, and they chucked in a free full Valet and 10% off the parts.
The MAF sensor was expensive but that will serve me right for over-oiling the K&N. The old one is covered in streaks of dirt and oil. The MAF and that and the fog light and undertray were £250 and so the final total cost...?
Wait for it...
Total cost £1,192 inc vat.
I've attached some pictures of the pulleys and pensioners which are all seriously worn out with deep grooves or bubbling on the surface. Check out the old cam belt too as its in great condition with no cracks or visible wear, except for the big chunk that has been worn out of the side of it
Apparently the tensioners start to go and slacken the belt a little which lets the belt drift out and rub on the timing belt cover. Eventually they just wear away and - bang!
Looks like I have a nice car but will have to live on beans and potatoes for a few months
Plus, the fromt exaust pipe is failing (I think they mean the manifold) and the new lower nsf wishbone is faulty and its only been on for a little while, brand new from EB spares. They will be getting a phone call...