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Alfa virgin with a 156 1.6 TS

As the above suggests, long time listener, first time caller so to speak. I have just aquired a 2002 156 1.6 TS which has covered 40,000 thus far and i'm looking for some advise/assistance about the dreaded cam belt situation. I know Alfa say they are to be replaced at 72,000 but from what i gather, having it done at 36,000 is advised along with the tensior and cam variator..? This hasn't been carried out on mine yet and living in the West Norfolk area can anyone suggest any good Alfa specialists along with an indication of what this is likely to cost? Sorry for my naiivity but as i say this is my first venture so please be kind

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Re: Alfa virgin with a 156 1.6 TS

Hello and welcome - very sensible of you to think about changing the cambelt - at 40 k and 4 years now is the time. The one on our 147 went at 54k and the resultant damage cost £1700 to fix.

I can't help with Norfolk independants but if Ipswich is not too far then Avanti are really good. Expect to pay £500 - 600 including the variator (well worth replacing).

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i was in the same situation as paulr when my belt went at 57k, despite it being changed at 36k! the garage that did the belts did not do the tensioner and as a result one failed, would have cost £1400 to repair the damage had i gone stock internals. all valves and guides were wrecked and the head needed redressing.

make sure when the belts are done that the garage does all the tensioners and the variator, you really cant afford not to!
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Does the 1.6 have a Variator?
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Yes the 1.6 has a variator, dont make the same mistake i did when i changed the cambelt and not the variator. Ended up costing me big bucks when the variator went 10000 miles later!!
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Re: Alfa virgin with a 156 1.6 TS

I'd do a bit of travelling to find a recommended indy specialist - local word of mouth etc.

my 1.6 wasn't as much as mentioned here - maybe £450 along with a full service and that was for the lot.
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Re: Alfa virgin with a 156 1.6 TS

Its the smaller 147 1.6 (105BhP?!) that does not have a variator, the other TS, 120BHP and 150BHP do.

Mine went at 60K and luckily was repaired under warranty, but the 4 figure sum was on the invoice which I recieved.

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