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Re: Cambelts - LETS GET EVEN

Originally Posted by RicksAlfas
I think that WAS the case, but I don't believe it has been for a long time.

I would be interested if you know when this was changed (and communicated to dealers) by Alfa UK. My authorised dealer has just confirmed that the belt change is sheduled for the 72,000 mile service.
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I've just added my two penneth worth on the watchdog site. Thanks for the link.

My major complaint was around my replaced speedo & lack of warranty ID card and Kalbfell's hollow promises prior to the 159 launch.

The "lost" 8k miles worries me as I'll soon forget about it and this will affect the cambelt issue.

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Re: Cambelts - LETS GET EVEN

Originally Posted by paularmour
I have just used the web link below to contact BBC Watchdog to give them an outline of my cambelt problem and I would suggest everyone who feels let down by Alfa UK should do the same. If enough people contact the programme then maybe the will start an investigation and we might get some answers.


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Can't do any harm so I have contacted them as well.

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This is certainly a common issue that puts people off Alfas. One of my customers said to me only last week that he had a 156 2.0TS that suffered cambelt failure at around 36k miles but just out of warranty. He tried to get Alfa to pay as the goods were not fit for purpose, but got nowhere. He'll never buy another one!

We know it is common on the 4-pots, how about the V6's? I had a 2.5V6 that had , ahem, a fairly hard life and only had the change at 72k - was I lucky? Should I get the GTA done at 36k?
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Yes i am aware that Alfa solved the cambelt issue by giving all the new petrol engines chain drive.

But you are forgetting that the 159 JTD's still have Cam Belts. Even though all of us here on AO knows that JTD's don't have a problem with Cam belt failure, and that the new 159 petrol's all have chains, i dont think the average 159 potential buyer knows this. And with an already tarnished reputation, it doesn't take much to set of a Spin that creates the illusion in everybody's mind that the new 159 is of poor quality..

My point was just, And i am not encouraging a lawsuit, - that the timing would probably be good to hit them with a Joint public lawsuit, or get them on national TV..Alfa is sensitive at this point in time to bad PR..And to have a group of otherwise dedicated and loyal Alfisti actually going to Court... That sort of thing must be a Marketings Directors worst Nightmare.

Originally Posted by rarebear
p.s. 159 has chain driven distribution !
some years ago my 146TI (the 2 litre TS engine) suffered a major breakdown caused by desintegrating of the (Canadian built) tensioner.
Mileage at that moment was 3000 (!!) car was in its warranty and no cost were charged for repair, but you feel like an idiot standing with a new car in the middle of the road ! and VW and Opel drivers laughing at you !

some important advice !
A. do not run your car in the rev limiter too often
B. make sure you have the underbody cover intact(that will not prevent the tensioner from bursting, but keeps dirt away from the cambelt housing)
c. renew every three years the whole belt assembly (tensioner as well)

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