AO Platinum Member
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: The land that Time forgot
I don't want to start a barney but it's important not to get carried away on this "Alfa's are expensive" kick. It's bad enough when the rest of the world goes off on one.
An 8V has the same number of belts and tensioners as a 16V the last time I looked, seeing as they are both DOHC boxer engines.
The argument that the 8V is therefore "better" than the 16V doesn't hold any water.
A belt is £15 - all of £60 to change the lot, every 72,000 miles.
The 8V is more torquey, the 16V makes more outright power, everywhere over 4,100rpm.
Any car that has been abused will suffer from head/camshaft problems and they're all expensive. My old crate has nearly 80,000 miles and the tappets have only needed adjustment once. It uses no oil at all. It's the most reliable top-end I know about, in my own experience.
I can't comment on the drivetrain prices as I have never broken anything except the propshaft (there's no grease nipples on the UJs and that was £150 or thereabouts) but they seem way too high to me.
A typical service costs £230 and that's every 12,000 miles. Any Integrale owner I know would say that's a bargain.
No bullets for Chaingun..