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AO Silver Member
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: United Kingdom
County: West Sussex
Dont worry about the timing chain, its no big deal. One of our 2.2's has had a chain change the other, so far, has not. I do look at the timing chain as a service item. The diesel engines need a belt change at regular mileage (thats when the water pump needs changing). If a timing belt snaps or jumps teeth on a seized water pump you have a wrecked engine. i have never read of anyone having a chain break, you get plenty of warning that it needs to be changed. One other thing, neither of our 2.2's have any sign of gearbox whine or hesitation. My Brera is now getting close to 80K and we just been to the South of France and back, again, in it.
Some 2.2's have had issues, that does not mean every 2.2 will have issues.
Someone said to me, "so whats so special about an Alfa Romeo then?" I told him, "If you have to ask, you wont understand".
Driving Brera S 2.2, wife drives 939 Spider 2.2 and there is a 1972 Spider 2000 S2 in the garage for fun days.