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new variators?

Had a 147 T spark 1.6 for a couple of weeks,and it sometimes sounds like a diesel when it starts up. have read that this sounds like the variators need replacing and that this is best done when the cam belt is being changed. the guy i got it from replaced the cam belt and tensioners before i picked it up. few questions if anyone can help;

how much can i expect to pay for this if i use my local garage?

how urgently should i treat this,and what can i expect to happen if i ignore it?

are there any other signs that this is the variators starting to play up?

Really great car (especially the engine!), and really dont wanna wait until something heinous happens so any advice would be great.

thanks folks.....
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Yours sounds the sake as mine, same story too, belt changed the weekend before too.

If you didn't know, it's a complete belt and tensioner change to replace the variator.

I've done 6k since I've had mine, and I've heard it'll be fine between belt changes. Going to be servicing mine for the big 60k, and will change everything then, belt, variator and waterpump.

I'd guess maybe 450 to 500 to replace belts and variator, from what i've seen on here, someone will be able to offer it cheaper I'm sure.

And you will need to take it to a specialist so they can do the belt properly using camlocks
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I changed my own variator on my 156, yes do it while your having belts changed and I wouldn't worry about the variator breaking, mine sounded like a diesel for quite a while. You can get a variator (genuine Alfa as you can't get after market ones) for about 120 +, you can also get a repair kit but never had anything to do with them. So belt change about 250 plus variator change about 150.
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You should get it a bit cheaper if the belt has only just been done.

It isn't good practice to re-tension a cambelt, but if the tensioners are only a week old I wouldn't worry about re-using those.

I have also seen genuine variators for less than 100 from places like shop4parts, Alternative autos, Alfashop etc if you shop around.

so you are looking at a new variator (About 100), a new cambelt (About 20) and about 3.5 hrs labour.

Driving with a rattling variator doens't harm the engine, but you can loose some mid-range torque once it gets really bad, usually when it is rattling all of the time.

You will never be cool driving a Vauxhall.
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thanks, good to know it aint terminal!
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