Spider 2.2JTS Timing Chain - Engine management light on.
I've come to a deal with Piccadilly Alfa in Knaresborough to trade in my Alfa GT Blackline (spose I'll have to change my username) for Spider 2.2JTS. I found a few faults that I wanted rectifying on the deal. Firstly, the Oil Temp gauge didn't work and secondly the engine management light was on, on the test drive.
They replaced the Oil temp sensor in the sump and assumed that was why the engine management light was on. They reset the ECU and I was supposed to collect it today.
They called me this morning and told me the engine management light had come back on. They diagnosed it as a stretched timing chain. They explained it was a known problem, isn't serious and want to change it before I collect the car (now on Saturday). They said the new chain is an improved item and should be alright after this. I've got a 12 month warranty with the car.
My questions are: Is this very common? Will I end up having to do this chain again in another two years or so? Is the replacement chains Alfa fit really upgraded to prevent this re-occuring? Is it a sign of poor maintenance? I don't wanna have to do all this when I'm paying the bills!
The car has only done 21,000 miles, seems kinda low to be needing a timing chain.