156 2.0TS.... dreaded variator or summit else?
Hi, I'm new to the site and on the prowl for a used Alfa. Seen a nice 2001 156 2.0TS Veloce but I'm concerned about the engine noise from cold.
Looking through people's kind advice about the variator on the forum (and listening to the mp3), I'm not sure it's the same noise. Sounds to me more like tappets - but can that be right?
Basically, noise quitened down after I took it for a drive, so not sure. Don't think car was moved for a couple of days before I got there, so would have been dead cold. Milage shows about 52k (Miles).
What does everyone reckon? Worth a punt, or stay clear? If I do go for it, reckon I'd get the cam belt and variator changed as this hasn't been done yet.
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