LOL Manual is in German and it's a LHD Austrian reg. But thanks anyway as now I can finally translate my German manual. The Manual says every 120 000km and 5 years so I guess that is what I tell the dealer and Alfa still stands by this figure.
Still searching and it seems ALFA is still 72k miles and 5 years even after a lot of people's experiences online with belts snapping from as low as 35k miles and 3 years and even one that snapped in 2 weeks, and then there are others at over 72k and 5 years that lasted fine... Seems to me that it becomes a balance of when to change it without over doing it. Optimally I guess the belts should be changed every 2 weeks then, just as it is better to change oil after every use but as we all know this isn't practical.
Now just thinking out loud but
I see the 159 and Brera JTD is recomended by Alfa for a 90k miles change. I know it seems like a good 15 odd cars here have had a belt/water pump snap before 72k, but could this just be the vocal few making their voices heard? I know if mine lasted to 72k and it got replaced I wouldn't come on here and share my experience as nothing worth talking about has occured.
For Alfa not to reduce the recomened timing belt change and infact extend it on the 159 and brera, it makes me think that only a small minority are failing before they reach 72k and 5 years and the vast majority don't even know others are having issues and just change as the book says.
Anyway thanks for the help, i'll just tell the dealer and any worried potential buyer that AR themselves still say 72k miles (120 000km) and 5 years which means my car has 50 000km and 2 years to go before recomended. But really if I bought a used car and I was worried about timing belt at all I would get it done as peace of mind anyway unless an official AR dealer service centre actually has it in their computer system. Really you have to be niave to buy a used car with a timing belt and actually trust what a used car dealer or John Doe says. WHen you buy a used car change the belts anyway, only then you know what has been done to the car and when.