Hi Scottyf, I tried shop4parts yesterday but they said I needed to buy the parts individually not as a kit, something to do with the tensioner in the kit causing belts to wear too quickly....... helpful chap but buying the parts separately make them expensive - one tensioner was over £80 alone, whereas the whole kit was only £77.
I don't understand this really? I think I'll have a chat with shop4parts tomorrow to see what they're on about.
You can buy the kit of course from Alfa Romeo, and it contains the correct latest version of the tensioner (metal), cambelt, and idle bearing.
Now if they're saying that the metal tensioner is hard on the belt then, well yes it is, but that's the main reason for the revised change interval of 36,000 miles/3 years (see my post above about this). Are they suggesting then another non-metal tensioner?
As I say, doesn't make sense. Unless, or course, they're just trying to make extra money by selling parts individually.
Edit: here is a genuine oe boxed kit being sold on ebay, with the correct metal tensioner, for £75.95 plus £4.95 delivery:
Edit 2: Here's the shop4parts kit for the 147 2.0 TS (£77.14 plus £4.95 delivery), are they not selling this then?
Alfa Romeo 147 Timing Belt Kit