Join Date: May 2006
Location: Kells, Co. Meath, Ireland
Cambelt interval issue again - just some clarification needed
I am about to retire my long serving 147 and replace it with an 06 159 JTDm (150hp one). The car I'm considering has 64,000 miles on the clock and has been recently serviced but the cambelt was not changed. The dealer in question is adamant that the time to change the belt is at 90,000 miles. Now I have seen the sticky about belt intervals and it agrees with him.
But here in Ireland garages seem to do it a lot sooner for the diesels. Gerry Campbell of TI Autos for example, while admitting that he has not dealt with many 159s, seems to think that 40 or 50,000 miles would be be the norm. He surmises that the type of driving done here (e.g. lot of stop-start, rougher B roads) might be a factor. So is the 90,000 mile interval just a UK thing, or an official guideline by Alfa Romeo that nobody trusts? Or is it 90,000 kms in actuality?