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Join Date: May 2004
Location: North of Northern England
Re: Greetings to the forum plus Veloce Crank Problem
Hi there and sorry to hear of your woes, unfortunately this is a very common problem with the 16V twinspark engine,
there can be all sorts of reasons for bigend failure, but 2 main ones, oil starvation and pinching following belt failure...
what I reckon has happened to you is it's probably been run a little low on oil for a while, the 16v does tend to use a bit, and ultimately kills the bigends, but I would be inclined to fit a new oil pump when the engine is in bits just in case, for the sake of £100 you don't want to be looking at another £1500 bill!
so if it isn't to bad, the crank may be savable but there is very little can be ground from them.
I'm a bit concerned at the amount you are getting charged though, Alfa were doing factory recon engines ready to fit with belts & everything on for £1200,
and another thought, if it was only 10 days after you got it, have you no recourse against the garage you bought it from?