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I am Looking to buy either a 159 or a GT in the next month,

I have seen a very nice looking GT,( aren't they all tho). it is a 56 plate with 97k miles on clock.

The cambelt was changed at 54Kmiles in 2010 which seems kinda early, the seller has said that cambelt should be changed every 72k or 5 years,

I need to know is this right as on the 159 its every 90k or 6 years.

This will be my only car buy for a god few years and I cant afford to be paying for a duffer.

any information gratefully received.

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I think it is 4 yrs or 60k for the 1.9 jtd timing belt so was most likely done on time,

if you go for the GT I would get it done along with the water pump as soon as I could for piece of mind, the water pump is often the cause of belt failure on this engine.

Look at the sticky known issues 147/156/GT and check out alfaworkshop buyers guide, the 159 I cannot comment someone will be along shortly to add more info
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Have a look here:

Autolusso - Alfa Romeo Specialist | Autolusso Service Schedule for Alfa 147/156/GT/GTV/Spider

According to this. for GT: Cam belt change interval has been reduced for all 4 cylinder petrol engines
all ages up to 36,000 ~ 13/11/06 or every 3 YEARS, whichever is sooner
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sorry forgot to say that it has to be a diesel with the amount of miles I do.
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All the diesels in the 156, GT and 159 are essentially the same engine and use the same waterpump (the weak point). There is much debate on here about what interval to go for but probably the consensus is fours years. As said above, its the water pump that usually fails so this must be changed (despite what Alfa say in the servive schedule). Thus, regardless of what you go for you need to budget for a belt etc change if not done in the last 4 years. The DMF and clutch are also expensive to change. Thus, walk away if there is any vibration pulling away or when you boot it at low rpm.

Why not a late 156 if reliability is your main concern? The 156 came out best of all Alfas on a recent survey. The 156 diesels don't have the DPF and swirls valves like the 159 and late GTs have. Also, the 159s seem to have a lot of gearbox failures in the diesels. The 159 is a prettier and better built car but is much heavier and notably less economical than the GT/156 range. I was torn 2 years ago but am now glad I didn't go for an early 159. That said, any Alfa is certainly going to cost you more to maintain than a Mondeo diesel!

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