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Alfa 159 Motor Chain too loose - production problem?


I have my Alfa 159, benzine 1.9 for almost three years now, 45,000 km on it.

I have only been filling benzine and oil and drove for technical checks every 10-15,000 kms.

In its second year, the car had the following problem:
On start, if I did not let it get warm for at least a minute, it would go off. I brought it to the Alfa Service in Sofia as it was in guarantee, they told me: "We checked it, nothing wrong, benzine is bad. Change it".

I changed all possible brands, nothing changed.

Now, a month ago (after the car is beyond its guarantee) I got a message "Have engine checked" on the main board

I brought it to arguably the best Alfa Specialist in Bulgaria who inspected it a lot and stated that the motor chain has become too loose and it needs to be replaced. Cost 1,000 euro.

He told me that there was a production error in this motor (also used by Opel).

Has any one heard something similar? Is there may be another cause of the problem? Do I have a chance to request from Alfa Romeo to repair for free if it indeed turns out to be a production error with the motor?


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If you mean timimg chain ....I think the 159 has rubber belt ...not a chain ? seems like a lot of money
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I think there are other members on here with petrol(Benzina) engines that have had a similar problem with stretched timing chains. There were only a few 1.9 petrols sold in the UK, most are 2.2's but as it is basically the same engine but with a longer stroke the same issues apply. Try this thread:
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