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Variometer gone?

Variometer gone?

Just bought a 98 GTV TS from a dealer in Birkdale near (not Alfa dealer) for my wife. Generally very good condition, low miles (43K), full service history, etc. Lots of other folk were interested so I agreed to buy without RAC check. Engine sounds very rough at low revs but brilliant from 2500-3000rpm. looking through the other posts here it sounds like it's the variometer.

Need to get it fixed, is it officially part of the cam belt system as the three month warranty I've got states that major mechanical components are covered but that cam belts are not.

To get it done (and the cambelts while their at it) how much would be a reasonable charge? Once I've got an idea I'm going to approach the dealer and ask if they'll split the cost and I'll get the cambelt done.

Also anyone know a good Alfa specialist in the Northwest (Wirral, Liverpool, N Wales)? I don't mind traveling or paying (but not over the odds) if they're good.

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If it sounds like a diesel then it's the variator.

All the belts have to come off to get this done, so I would get them and the associated parts done too. The variator itself is pretty's the labour that costs as it is complicated to do.

I had the lot done for about 550 (approx. can't remember exactly) - and my aftermarket warranty covered about 200 of this for the variator and some of the labour.
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Certainly sounds like the variator. Do a forum search on it - lots more info shall be revealed.

Had mine done last week, along with cam belt and tensioners - she sounds pitch perfect now, and a lot more sprightly around those country lanes.

Mine cost 650 - but that was with 60k service inc spark plugs & front/rear tracking from a main alfa dealer in Worcs.

Hope you get it sorted
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Cheers for the info.

Is it still OK to use while I'm trying to get the warranty sorted? It won't cause irreparable harm, 'cos it was like this when I bought it on Saturday so I can't tell how long it's been like this.

Also where is a good garage to take it in the north west? My local garage is normally excellent with all my other cars but he's not a specialist. should this really matter for this type of repair and is there anything really unusual he'd need to know to sort it properly?

Is it normal for this to go in 43K or is it a factor of the age (boughtby prev owner april 98)?

Sorry for all the questions but I want to get this sorted and keep on top of the maintenance as it just brings such a smile when I'm driving it!

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Knackered variator doesn't seem to cause any further damage, just car doesn't run as well. So running it with the variator gone shouldn't be a problem.
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Can I ask a question?
Now I've changed a few variators recently, all being noisy on start up, ie diesel sounding at worst, but whats the worst anyones herd one get?
Theyve got a spring afair inside but just how bad can they get?
We've got a motor in that sounds terminal, I mean realy bad on the top end but its got excellent compression, cams are mint but the oil was overfull and aincient! I've got the feeling its either little ends, somefins got dropped down the inlet tract and is being smacked sensless every revolution or its spun a big end and the pistons commin up too far! Theres no bearing material in the oil/sludge and it turns over by hand. What do you recon could a variator be that knackered?
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Someone posted on after doing their variator. They found that the cam lobe was really worn at the end and it may possibly be down to the variator??? Could that explain your noise?

The variator on my 1.8 is well nakkered and has been for about 15-20k. No problems so far but it does sound rough! It will be changed very soon

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The cams look mint Wrinx, even put the cam blocks on to check the valve timming and they were spot on.
Put it this way its as loud as smaking the head as hard as you could with a hammer!!
The more I think about it the more I'm convinced that its piston to head contact, either somethins got between the two like an erant nut or somethin or its bearings -big ends have spun or little ends are knackered. eek!
We'll see tommorow, either head off or borrow my mates endoscope and have a look see..

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