Is it an engine out job? could a DIYer do it if they have successfully tackled an Alfa V6 a couple of times?
Not sure about the 3200 but Maser certainly took the engine out for belt changes on the Quattroporte IVs, Ghiblis & Biturbo derivatives. From memory, it was (just!) possible to do the belt at the front of the engine without removing it but my mate said it was incredibly difficult and he swore a lot
. Also, he had to make his own tools to fit, as there are some special items which are ludicrously expensive and not worth buying for a single job
The Maser mechanics certainly found it much quicker just to remove the engine but that's not very practical for a DIYer. Even if you could do the belt at the front, however, on some of those V6s, there was also a chain at the rear of the engine to be changed and this was literally impossible to do without the engine out, hence the silly charges...
alfa ballsed the t spark up and as a result the belts snap prematurely, their response should have been to engineer a fix but obviously they went for the 'bring it in twice as often to cough up £500' fix
as it both saves them money and makes them money.
I agree, it's a shocking attitude. It's not just the TS, though. Apart from the FL 3.2 I heard about recently, you may recall that the FL Ti Dougie bought had also suffered a premature belt failure.
you say your maser needs belts at 36k,im sure it does, did you have to take it in at 18k just in case they went early?
Needed (past tense)
. Actually, I did do it early but only because the car had been standing for a long time. I also had all the other belts done, for the same reason. However, normally, I would do them at the recommended intervals for a Maser. They would be highly unlikely to go before then but you have to understand that Maser were quoting something like £15K-£20K for a replacement engine at the time, so it's really not worth risking!
I see some early 3200GTs are approaching the £10k mark, at £3k for a cambelt change it is not hard to see why.
For anyone considering a 3200, you'd probably be best looking at independent dealers, rather than official Maserati people. Bill McGrath have a good reputation, so you could check the prices with them and see what they quote. Probably still £2K, though!