Enjoying a V8 opera
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: United Kingdom
County: Greater London
Re: 166 Technical queries
(1) Ten years ago when Alfa wrote the service manual all manufacturers, not just Alfa, were a little over-optimistic about the expected lives of their cambelts. All manufacturers were pushing the boundaries of scheduled service intervals so they could tempt fleet buyers: "look, our car doesn't need a major service until 72,000 miles".
But the chickens have come home to roost and many manufacturers have had big warranty claim hits.
As a result the manual published with your car is to be taken with a large grain of salt. Thus the pendulum has swung the other way and you will read some people recommending 36,000 miles or 3 years. Alfa seem to be recommending 50,000 miles or 5 years. Some well respected independent specialists are recommending 48,000 miles or 4 years.
You pays your money and you takes your chances. FWIW one of my friends bought a full service history 2.5 and it went pop in a most spectacularly expensive way at 55,000 miles and 5 years old. He wishes he followed the 48,000/4 year option.