The 2.0 TS engine should get a new cambelt and tensioners every 3 years or 36k miles. It is also worth looking at the variator at the same time, as you need to take the belts off to get to it, so it's worth doing at the same time.
Not sure about the rest, tho', as I'm a 156 owner.
Good luck with the purchase - let us know how it goes.
sorry to trouble you all.
seriously considering buying a 2.0ts 166, V plate (2000) with 62k on the clock and FarSH for £4k
It's a bit stonechipped on the front of the bonnet but apart from that looks relatively clean.
Can you tell me when the cambelts should have or will need to be changed please?
Also, anything else i should be keeping my out for mechanical wise...clutch, suspension etc
thanks a lot
You should read the last few posts on this forum regarding Auxiliary Belt Tensioners and timing belts. Also, use the search function to read up on other members experiences (any alfa 2.0ts will apply). However, I recommend that you do the following: 1) Find a GOOD independent alfa romeo specialist mechanic (you might find recommendations on this site). 2) Get him to change EVERYTHING calling itself a belt or a belt tensioner. There are a number of these, both timing and auxiliary. For 150 euro (70 pounds??) and usually no extra labour you should get him to change the variator while he is in there. Ask his opinion about changing the water pump and take his advice. DO NOT run the engine beyond 36 k miles without having this work done. I don't mean to be alarmist but Alfa ownership has both priveliges and responsibilities.
3) Get the mechanic to check everything else on the running gear and body and again take his advice, but apart from the belts/tensioners precautions above the twin spark is a beautiful engine (best 2.0 on earth many would say) and the 166 a very mechanically sound car. Selespeed gearboxes are however best avoided, in my opinion.
4) Put a good brand fully synthetic 0 - 40 W oil in and change the filter. Buy another can of the same oil and check / refill EVERY WEEK until you find out the engines appetitie for the black stuff.
Once this is all done your new alfa will give you back all the love you give it and more.
I see the Right Honourable Member for Hampshire had already replied. I would just add that I had all the above work done for 770 euro in overpriced Dublin, so you should expect to pay less than that in the UK.
Thanks for all the comments so far.
I have a fantastic mechanic that my family uses for all our cars and who my old fella trained, so i'm pretty confident that he can sort me out with maintainance at decent prices.
I'm off tomorrow morning to test drive it...fingers crossed no blue smoke!!
How did it check out? Agree with all the advice so far, plus maybe make sure the security / ICS codes are in the log book.
However talented your mechanic maybe I would find a good independent alfa specialist - there are a number to choose from that will have recommendations from either this forum or ardc.co.uk. Whereabouts in the UK are you?
The other thing to watch out for is its handling - absolutely superb for a larger car!